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
This course is offered 100% online.
About Online Learning
Our professional writing courses are purpose-built for online learning using UBC instructional design resources and tools.
Online courses are hosted on the intuitive learning management platform Canvas. Every week, your instructor releases a new module or lesson. Each lesson might include materials such as class notes, readings, links to articles, videos and practice exercises. You may also be asked to post on discussion boards and submit assignments.
Your instructor is there to provide you feedback on your work, and guide online forum discussions. Some may hold virtual office hours. You can also communicate with your instructor through Canvas.
Expect to spend two to three hours per week on your course – you do get out what you put in! You can log in anytime day or night. Some courses, however, might include exercises and assignments with deadlines. Materials will be available for two weeks after the course ends, after which time you will no longer be able to access the course.
We will send you instructions on accessing Canvas before your first class.