An opportunity to Meet Dianne Jacob – author of Will Write for Food

Local Champion of GIY Kilkenny and a food writer herself, Dorcas Barry, is organizing an amazing couple of days for Food Bloggers and Writers in Ireland with a 2 day Food Writing Workshop with Dianne Jacob from the USA.  The workshops are on Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd September 2012 at Brook Lodge Hotel, Macreddin, Co Wicklow.



Dianne’s bookWill Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More is a very popular reference book for food writers and food bloggers. It has won two international awards from the Cordon D’Or and the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Dianne coaches writers at all levels, whether for blogging, freelancing or writing books. She also edits books for publishers and individuals and is a published author and freelance writer. She judges books and journalism for the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with honours from California State University, Northridge and an AA degree in Journalism with honours from Langara College, Vancouver, Canada. 


Dianne Jacob, author of Will Write for Food

Before becoming self-employed, Dianne was an executive newspaper, magazine and book editor in Canada and the US. Dianneʼs blog can be found at


Details of the Food Writing Workshops are:

Friday, 21 September 2012
2 – 5.00pm 6 half-hour slots available with Dianne Jacob for one-to-one coaching on starting a food blog, writing a cookbook, or food writing in general.
5.30pm Visit to Gold River organic farm with Evan Doyle from BrookLodge.
7.30pm Bubbly reception followed by the Big Table Dinner Experience at The Strawberry Tree restaurant. This is a very special event created by BrookLodge, where the food is served in the style of a feast. The rule of the table requires that everyone serves each other from a fantastic range of dishes made only from locally supplied artisan organic food. A highly interactive and memorable experience!


Saturday, 22 September 2012

10.00am – 5.00pm A one-day class and workshop for the food obsessed who love to write, an open event for bloggers, food writers and anyone with an interest in communicating about food. The event will be structured as follows:

9.30am Food writing technique and writing exercises. Learn what makes the top food writers successful and stretch your skills and creativity. There will be a short break for tea/coffee.

1.00pm Spit roast lunch in the apple orchard at Macreddin and networking.

2.30 – 5.00pm Recipe writing, cookbook publishing and how to engage your readers as a food blogger.



All events over the two days can be attended independently.

One-to-one coaching with Dianne which must be pre-booked – €40.00 per half-hour session

All-day workshop including spit roast lunch – €75.00 per person

Visit to Gold River organic farm – No charge

Long Table Dinner with wine & bubbly reception – €70.00 per person

Bed & breakfast at BrookLodge Hotel – €62.50 per person sharing (single supplement €25.00)

For bookings: Contact Dorcas Barry on 086 806 1383 or

Kindly Supported by

Contact BrookLodge Hotel on 0402 36444 for accommodation bookings (quote Irish Food Bloggers to avail of special rate).



About - Zack Gallagher

Chef. Zack Gallagher. @IrishFoodGuide on Twitter. News about Food, Food Producers, Chefs and Irish Food Tourism, in Ireland. Food and Food Tourism Marketing at @IrishFoodTour. Irish Food Blogger and Journalist. Food Ambassador at @Failte_Ireland. Judge @BlasNahEireann Irish Food Awards #WildAtlanticWay
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