How to Be a Food and Travel Writer

Aqua clipThere's still time this week if you want to enrol in the current session of my online Food and Travel Writing course offered through the UBC Writing Centre. Learn how to turn your travel and culinary experiences into magazine articles, blogs or newspaper items!

This program gives you one-on-one online access to me as your instructor for eight weeks. I'll guide you through the process of approaching editors, crafting query letters and making sure your ideas will get published. Weekly writing assignments, readings and instruction are supplemented by audio interviews, web clippings and photography tips. Students will also have a chance to contribute to discussion forums. Just click here to get to the UBC Writing Centre website to enrol.

I just posted the readings and assignments for Week One, but if you enrol in the next couple of days you'll have lots of time to get right into the fun…feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

In case this is your first time visiting this blog, a bit about me:

I am a British Columbia-based writer and broadcaster. Over the past 25 years, I have produced hundreds of items about food for CBC Radio, and have written on food and travel for a variety of publications, including enRoute, The National Post , The Globe and Mail , Western Living magazine, Northwest Palate magazine, and Small Farm Canada magazine. Visit my web site: 

I don't like to boast, but I saw someone else brag about who they've met on their blog and thought, 'I can top that!'  I have not only met these food luminaries, but I have conducted personal one-on-one interviews with them.  I pass some of my knowledge about their craft onto you…

Anthony Bourdain, Jamie Oliver, Paul Bocuse, Jacques Pepin, Iron Chef Morimoto, Rob Feenie, Gael Greene, Sarah Moulton, Graham Kerr, Mark Kurlansky, Mark Bittman, Frances Mayes, Eric Ripert, Donna Hay, Michael Smith, Vikram Vij, Tojo, Anna Olson, Bonnie Stern, Lucy Waverman, Barbara Kafka, Michael Pollan, Ted Reader, Susur Lee, and so on.

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3 Responses to How to Be a Food and Travel Writer

  1. Claude Tremblay says:

    Hello Mr Genova, one of your friend, Dana Samu also a friend, talked to me about your class on travel and culinary writing course. I am very interested in taking it and i know i miss the april course and believe that it is offered in the fall as well and will be taking it then…..Looking forward to take the course!

    Claude Tremblay

  2. This is a great resource for those passionate about words, food and adventure. Many of your students have contacted us with pitches (several successfully).

  3. Sounds like a great course Don. If any of your students starting out would like to publish articles on food and culture then we would gladly accept them. We offer 100% revenue sharing at GUAP, a community blog for travel writers.

    Here is a sample profile of a author currently writing for us in food & culture as well as sustainable living

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