We travel the world and try new dishes more now than ever before. Authentic and unique food and travel content, backed by good storytelling, is in demand. If you dream of sharing your observations about food and travel with a wider audience – and making a living from doing so – this course is for you.
Learn the craft of food and travel writing and storytelling from Don Genova, an award-winning journalist, and veteran of writing and broadcasting for outlets including the CBC, Globe and Mail, enRoute and National Post.
Discover how to turn your food and travel experiences into stories you can share on your blog or social media, or you can pitch and sell to magazines, newspapers and digital outlets. Try your hand at restaurant reviewing, and cookbook and recipe writing. You’ll also gain techniques to make your travel story stand out from all the others.
Throughout the course, you’re given written assignments to practise and apply your new skills. You’ll also shoot some digital photography, and be asked to share them in an online forum. Your instructor will provide individual feedback on the written assignments that you turn in.
By the end of course, you’ll have a broad understanding of the food and travel writing landscape, and have gained new approaches to developing ideas and stories. You should also have a saleable query letter and the first draft of a story ready to be sent to an editor.
Week 1: Understanding food and travel writing
Week 2: Journalling and developing ideas
Week 3: Query letters and blogging
Week 4: Restaurant reviews
Week 5: Structuring your story
Week 6: Digital photography basics
Week 7: Recipe stories
Week 8: Final words of advice
How am I Assessed?
This course is graded as complete/incomplete based on participation.
Expect to spend 3–4 hours per week completing readings, exercises and assignments, and participating in online forum discussions.
To take this course, you’ll need access to:
- an email account
- a computer, laptop or tablet under five years old and using Windows or macOS
- the latest version of a web browser (or previous major version release)
- a reliable internet connection.
One day before the start of your course, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.
There are no textbooks for this course.
This course is 100% online and instructor supported. Course work is done independently and at your own pace within deadlines set by your instructor. Log in anytime to your course to access the lessons as they become available.
Online materials will be available for three weeks after the course ends, after which time you will no longer be able to access the course.