Tuesday, October 26, 2010

FROM PLATE TO PAGE

Once upon a time, there were four food bloggers brought together by a love of good food, great writing, the passion for beautiful food styling and photography and the desire to work, improve and move ahead in their respective careers. Time and space separated them, but they soon found that close contact and mutual help, encouragement, advice and support (and the more than occasional good hearty gossip and laugh) was a much needed and necessary part in their lives as food bloggers. Slowly, each one of us, Jeanne, Ilva, Meeta and Jamie, with the help of the others, began fulfilling our individual aspirations, moving beyond what we had begun and we now each have one steady foot in our blogs and the other stepping into the world of freelance careers. Some imagine that what we do, the writing and storytelling, the stunning food photography, is a simple task, some hidden, secret talent we are born with, but we know that it is hard work, a continual learning experience, something we constantly strive for and reach beyond. And learning from each other, guiding, sharing, critiquing are vital for becoming what we desire to become and going where we want to go.


We now want to share that with others. Here, dear readers, is what we are thrilled to share with you:

We have created From Plate to Page, an intensive hands-on food photography and writing workshop aimed at food bloggers, writers and photographers looking to enhance and hone their photography and writing skills while finding their own unique style and voice, both for their blog and for professional work. This exciting, one-of-a-kind workshop will help pull you out of your creative rut and start you on your way to a more professional style.

Rather than follow the traditional food blogging conference style, From Plate to Page is a workshop set up to allow active participation by each attendee in the ultimate learning experience. Working alongside Jeanne, Meeta, Ilva and myself, each one of whom has turned her own blog into a springboard for a successful freelance writing or photography/styling career, participants will spend an extensive part of the weekend working on assignments designed specifically for the food blogger. All dedicated activities throughout the weekend will be the source of a writing or photography experience followed by analysis, critique and discussion.


By keeping the group small, no more than 10 participants, it will be possible to present topics in a practical and collective way, with group participation at every step. Over the course of the weekend we will work individually or in teams to complete assignments in both writing and photography. This will include plenty of one-on-one contact with the workshop leaders in a relaxed and social atmosphere where it will be possible to ask questions, share ideas and practical experience far more freely than in a large auditorium. Evenings will be dedicated to critique, discussion and analysis, helping you to understand, reflect upon and improve your work. Oh, and don't forget the fun!

If you do not know the work of my three talented partners, do check out their blogs:

* Ilva Beretta of Lucullian Delights
* Jeanne Horak-Druiff of CookSister!
* Meeta Khurana Wolff of What’s for Lunch, Honey?


Go to the From Plate to Page blog for details, program and more information! The first Plate to Page Workshop is limited to 10 participants so first registered, first served! Don’t miss this great weekend!

31 comments:

MeetaK said...

I love the pictures you used dear Saucy! This is going to be a lot of fun I can see! Glad that I am part of it!

Sanjeeta kk said...

Got to know about the programme from Meeta's blog. Looking forward to learn a lesson or two on blogging and photography from this wonderful workshop.
Best wishes.

Jeanne @ CookSister! said...

Hurrah - we did it! :-) If it's been this much fun so far, imagine what the actual weekend will be like? :o)

Happy Cook said...

Wowo i am sure this will be very helpfull, will check the link you gave.

Deeba PAB said...

Yay yay yay sistah...you saucy spicy creatures! Lovin' it, and hoping I can make it in May. Not sure as the kids are on vacation, but am gonna try! Way to go! What a heady group - there's gonna be mischief there!! xoxo

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Jamie, what a fabulous idea. I'm off to check the other sites now. Can't wait to know more about "From Plate to Page."
Sam

Heavenly Housewife said...

Sounds like a great programme. Who knew that food blogging would be so much about the picture as much as it is the food?
*kisses* HH

Jamie said...

@Deeba - Mischief? Us? Come on, girl, pack your bags, we're waiting for you!

@My Carolina Kitchen - SAM!!! Oh wouldn't it be divine if you could come? I'd love it!

shaz said...

How brilliant! Yay for all of you, how I wish I lived close enough, I'd definitely sign up.

Miriam said...

Oh my, this sounds so great... I wish I already knew if I could enroll...

Lora said...

I would love to jump on a train and join if I can. With my husband's Iraq schedule, it's hard to plan more than 2 months in advance. Does it matter I have zero interest in food writing professionally? I'm just interested in honing my blogging skills learning from you goddeses.

My Kitchen in the Rockies said...

Oh, how I would love to participate but my Germany flights are already booked for July, not May.
I hope you will be sharing some info on the blog. I am sure it is going to be great.

Jamie said...

@Miriam - take your time...

@Lora - No, no need to want to do anything more than hone your skills and find your own personal best.

Jamie said...

@Kirsten (My Kitchen in the Rockies) : Seriously? Oh wow we would have loved to have you and so close! Well, if the tickets can be advanced....

nancy@skinnykitchen.com said...

Loved your story and photos. Thanks for sharing!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I'd love to attend that worshop with you girls! That would be awesome. Just a dream, unfortunately...

Cheers,

Rosa

girlichef said...

This is fabulous, Jamie!! How incredibly exciting. If I could afford it, I'd be there in an instant!!

heavenwildfleur said...

This looks like it'll be so much fun!!! But my travel schedule is also unpredictable and I bet the 10 places will be snatched up like hotcakes, if they aren't already!

Muneeba said...

Germany?? Really?? Oh man ... just another pipe dream for me :(
BUT, am so happy u gals are doing this - if I could, I WOULD attend. Eagerly.

Heather Davis said...

Looks like a great weekend Jamie. Well done to you for organising something iike this. It's amazing how you are all making your "dream" a reality.

Lael Hazan said...

I want to GO! It sounds WONDERFUL! The pictures, the description.... FABULOUS! I'll live vicariously, please promise to blog about it afterwards!

Joe said...

Jamie, congratulations on the adventure. I am so proud of you! I wish I am in the other part of the world to join. By the way, I am your Foodista cookbook fellow :-)

Junglefrog said...

Oooo I am so gonna come!! Checking it out straight away!

Jamie said...

@Lael - You'll be hearing from me!

@Joe - So exciting to meet a fellow author! Thanks for visiting and I'm off to see yours.

@Simone Junglefrog - Super excited and so looking forward to having you at the Workshop! Spread the word!

Jasmine said...

I'm already looking fwd to this!! :)

Jamie said...

@Jasmine - YaY! We are thrilled you'll be joining us! Thrilled!

AussieFoodie said...

Simply marvellous hon. Awesome pics. Wish I oculd be at the inaugural event!

Jamie said...

@Aussie Foodie : Elisa, we want you at the inaugural workshop! But I will be meeting you in London soon!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

You guys are going to have so much fun, I can't wait to hear about it all. Alas I cannot come but I will see you in November!

asiangrrl said...

This is an ambitious and innovative program, Jamie. I cannot wait to read about the results.

Janet@Gourmet Traveller 88 said...

This is awesome. i just hv a newborn boy for almost 4 mths. need to figure how to manage, very tempting workshop.

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