Freelance Food Writing

Turn your passion for food and drink into a successful writing venture

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  • Tuesdays 6:45-9:45pm ET, 6 sessions full schedule

Elevate your food writing career, and get on the fast track to becoming published. You'll develop ideas and a personal voice, choose a blogging platform, and figure out the best story angles. Know the words and phrases you should always avoid, how to build authority among other foodies, and how to craft the ultimate food article.

This course will teach tips and tricks from a full-time freelancer on how to pitch and land assignments from reputable publications, gain attention from discerning readers and editors, and develop a unique style when it comes to expressing a culinary perspective.

By the end of class, you will have:

A complete portfolio including a news product, interview, profile of a food personality, restaurant roundup, travel piece, and food blog entry.

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Approach food writing in a productive way
  • Establish credibility as a food and/or drink writer
  • Create the most engaging articles and posts for your readers
  • Pitch ideas to editors at any publication
  • Engage with editors for future publishing

Erik Mathes is a freelance writer specializing in food, drink and travel.  Before embarking on this path, he earned a degree in finance and marketing from Tulane University and a culinary arts degree from Le Cordon Bleu College, and he cooked in fine-dining restaurants and as a personal/private chef for professional athletes, CEOs, and members of high-society.  He started a blog called “Rantings of a Chef” to market his personal chef company, which eventually was recognized by Martha Stewart for its excellence and led him to pursue writing as a full-on career.  Today, Erik contributes articles, restaurant reviews and original recipes to a multitude of publications, including The Daily Meal,  Yahoo!, BuzzFeed, and BlackboardEats, and he is in the midst of developing his newest food blog, Feasts of Fury.