Food Writing - With a Purpose

Learn the basics of food writing--with a purpose. Using analogies of seeds and gardening as an outline, Tan Dee May will share her thought process in beginning a conversation with food.

Instead of clinging on to a thesaurus, repurposing adjectives and cliché phrases of romanticism and exoticism overheard in a TV food programme, by the end of this workshop, you will begin to ask, or perhaps dive deeper, into seemingly simple, yet profound questions.

This interactive workshop will be divided into four sections:

  1. Exploring your “why” and “who” - Why write about food? Who are you writing for?
  2. Cultivating your food writing voice
  3. Caveats and guidelines regarding research and responsibility
  4. Q&A

Seasoned and aspiring writers are welcomed. Whether you’re feeling stuck in a writing grind; or looking over at the next table, restless yet intrigued by the sight of an unfamiliar dish. This workshop is a starting point, not a finish line.

This workshop is not a technical writing course, lecture, discussion of case studies or portfolio review. This workshop is about showing up. Active participation is necessary throughout the session, which will be peppered with prompts and breakout rooms.

This workshop is suitable for those aged 18 and above who would like to cultivate their food writing voice by first exploring answers to basic questions.

This programme will be conducted via the Zoom platform. Participants do not need a Zoom account to take part in the workshop.

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Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.


Cancellation & Substitution

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents). Those who inform us up to five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also attend another course at the same value within the same year.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.

20 NOVEMBER 2021 (SAT)
9:30AM – 12:30PM

via Zoom

Course Fee: $60.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $2.66

Kinokuniya members and AFCC 2021 festival pass holders can enjoy 10% off the workshop fee for this programme. Please contact [email protected] for the discount code before online registration. Please note that only one promo code can be used for each purchase.

Enjoy a 20% discount when you purchase two tickets.