Food Writing

Develop a portfolio with the food features editor at Everyday with Rachel Ray magazine

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

There's a world of publishing opportunities available to food writers in print, websites, blogs, and review sites. The key is knowing where to look for assignments and how to make the most of opportunities.

In this intensive class, we'll review online and print publications where you can pitch your work -- and how to land assignments that will get attention from foodies. You'll learn the anatomy of a successful food piece, how to conceive of story ideas, and how to create a portfolio. We'll discuss steps to build authority in the food writing community, including creating a food blog or website, and how doing so can leverage your personal brand.  You'll also meet working editors and food writers who will answer your questions and share the inside scoop on how to place your story.

Students will leave class with the confidence to kick-start their food writing career and a complete portfolio of articles.

By the end of class, you will have:

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

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Create a portfolio to showcase your work and build name recognition
  • Read a food magazine or website with a critical eye
  • Draft a pitch that gets an editor's attention
  • Adapt your writing to different platforms
  • Position yourself as an authority

Gabriella Gershenson is the food features editor at Everyday with Rachel Ray magazine. Prior to this, she was a senior editor at Saveur magazine. She has been a regular guest on WOR's Food Talk and NYC TV's Eat Out New York and was a featured judge on the Food Network reality show 24 Hour Restaurant Battle Gabriella has appeared on The Best Thing I Ever Ate and hosts the Hungry TV web series Dueling Dishes. She has also written for The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, and

  • "I wasn't really sure what to expect going into a Mediabistro class, but it blew away my expectations. Having an actual food editor teach the class was invaluable. Gabriella not only guided us in how to break into food writing, but took time to provide individual critiques. She put in just as much work as her students did."

    Melissa Brody

  • "Gabriella was outstanding. She was able to nurture the innate talents of class members without coddling. She was unfailingly generous with her time both in class and via email outside of it and tapped her own network of writers and editors to bring interesting, experienced speakers to class. We all developed a real sense of community, rooting for each other to succeed."

    Noel Eisenberg