Food Writing Workshop with John Birdsall

$165 per person

What You'll Learn

By the end of the class you will:

  • Learn how to be efficient, tidy and “cut the fat” from your writing
  • Describe food in vivid ways
  • Learn how to craft a compelling story

About This Class

It doesn’t matter if you’re working on a story to pitch to a food publication, plugging away at your food-based memoir, or trying to brush up your blog: Good food writing is about crafting vivid descriptions of taste and place. This one-day food writing workshop with James Beard Award-winning writer John Birdsall will walk you through, step by step, how to write about food better.

You’ll learn how to cut away the extraneous and focus on the essential in food writing. You’ll learn how to use descriptions of food to help tell a story. This will be an interactive day so you’ll have a chance to edit your work and get feedback. We’ll look at descriptions of a few dishes and learn how to write about them in different ways, to make your writing more expressive, and control the point of view.

Bring your laptop or your favorite notebook and a piece of your own food writing (published or unpublished) that you feel you’ve done particularly well and be prepared to work. We want you to leave this day ready with everything you need to take your food writing to the next level.


  • Wine included
  • Light meal served in class


Covid Policy

All students must show proof of vaccine before entering school and will be required to wear a mask unless eating/drinking.

We understand and respect that lifestyle decisions during Covid are an individual choice. If you test positive for Covid while the class is in session, you will be asked to send a friend in your place until you have a negative test. Classes will not be rescheduled, credited or cancelled. Once the class session starts the class is non-refundable. This was our policy pre-Covid and continues to be our policy today. We hope you find this policy acceptable and understand that this policy is required for a small school like SFCS to operate and open our kitchens for great food experiences.

What is the format of a typical cooking class?

The average duration of our current cooking classes is 4 hours, which is predominately hands-on work. You will be standing for the majority of class, cooking at your work station as your instructor demonstrates techniques and walks around providing individual feedback. Most of the time you’ll be working with a partner or small group on a few different recipes.

When should I arrive for my class?

Doors will open 10 minutes prior to class starting and we will begin promptly on time. Students will be asked to queue up outside the door of the school to have their vaccine cards checked the first week of class (these will only need to be checked once).

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Please arrive at the school with your own mask on. New, disposable masks are available should you need to replace yours while in class.

Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes (remember, you’ll be on your feet cooking). The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped with everything else you need, including clean aprons.

Do I need to eat before class?

You will sit down with your classmates to eat what you’ve all prepared, along with some wine. We do suggest you have a small snack before class as dinner does happen towards the end of each session.

What should I wear to class?

Wear casual clothing you can easily move around in, and comfortable close-toed shoes. Long hair must be pulled back and masks are required while in the building.

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Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation up to two weeks prior to your class start date will be refunded 100%. Cancellations up to 5 days before your class start date will qualify for an online credit to be applied to another class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received less than 5 days before your class start date, however, you may always send a friend in your place if you’re unable to attend.
Please note: Cancellation requests made the day of class are not eligible for a refund or credit, no exceptions. 


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