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Food Writing

Stir, dice, chop and julienne your recipe for success.

Who said you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Learn how to combine a love of food with equally tasty words to mix up a recipe for success. More detail

Upcoming course dates


StartsSaturday 15 October 2016

Location Sydney
Ground Floor
55 Lavender Street
Milsons Point NSW 2061

WhenSaturday and Sunday classes
(two consecutive days)


Presenter Carli Ratcliff

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Course description

Are you passionate about food?

  • Do you delight in discussing a dinner, reciting a recipe, or blogging your breakfast?
  • Is “winning the wooden spoon” a good thing in your world?
  • Want to get published or take your blog to the next level?
  • Do you know the difference between an aubergine and an eggplant?
  • Discover how to turn your passion into a paying profession or profitable pastime!

The world of food writing is actually very similar to the art of making the dishes themselves – both involve discipline, creativity and plenty of flavour. And just like the globe’s finest chefs, if you want to be the best, you’ll need a few secret ingredients.

That’s where the Australian Writers’ Centre can help. You see, writing about food is one thing, but turning it into a paid pursuit is all about knowing how to chop, dice, mix and blend your way to communication that crackles, sentences that sizzle, and messages that melt in your mouth.

Step up to the plate

During this two-day course, you’ll learn how to translate a mouth-watering meal into an equally delicious paragraph. Your reader can’t be there with you in the kitchen or restaurant, but your job is to make them feel as though they are. And when you’re done with the creating, we will show you how to plate up your articles to catch the eye of editors and readers alike.

Your instructor is experienced freelance food writer Carli Ratcliff, whose writing appears frequently in newspapers, magazines, food guides and websites including The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide, SBS Food and With Carli’s guidance, you’ll get a feel for the industry and how to tickle its tastebuds.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to communicate the “flavour wheel” to audiences with varying tastes.
  • Structuring your articles so they don’t collapse like a bad soufflé.
  • How to write riveting food reviews (without a single cravat in sight…).
  • The ingredients and method to writing great recipes.
  • Securing fresh, juicy quotes in interviews.
  • How to combine your love of food with a taste for travel.
  • How and where to get your work published.
  • How to bring your food writing career to the boil – either as a full-time gig or profitable hobby.
  • And so MUCH more!

Cheque please…

By the end of the weekend, you’ll be looking at food in a whole new light. Your new-found confidence could land you glossy gigs reviewing at the likes of Gourmet Traveller, Good Food or Delicious. Or it could make your blog the hottest food establishment in town, whisking you away to destinations near and far! (They might even make a movie about you starring Meryl Streep, but we can’t make any guarantees.) Writing for love and writing for money – just like an eggplant and an aubergine, there is no difference!

Exclusive access to our AWC Graduates’ Club

Want to know where all the cool kids hang out? The Graduates’ Club of course! Now, calm down – there’s no cigars, leather armchairs or loud ticking grandfather clocks here. But it IS exclusive invitation only (on completion of a course) and it’s free!  Meet other writers online and share successes, seek help or just get something off your chest. Many students believe this ‘legacy learning’ is one of the most valuable things about our AWC community, and who are we to argue?

So if you want to receive feedback, support and a heads-up on opportunities … join the Club!

Your presenters

  • Carli Ratcliff

    Carli Ratcliff, Sydney

    Carli Ratcliff is a freelance food writer based in Sydney. Carli’s writing appears regularly in newspapers, magazines, food... View Profile

Graduate testimonials

  • "Carli was very personable, open and energised to share her experience and insights. This course cemented by passion to write about food and broadened my confidence and perspective of where I could take a career in food writing. Carli's energy and insights over the two days made for a really enjoyable learning experience - I found her inspirational! I highly recommend this course!"

    - Sarah Ugazio

    "The hands on tasting and group lunch excursion review was a great experience. Carli is a terrific presenter. She is patient, insightful, helpful, entertaining and extremely knowledgeable. If you are looking to get insight advice and guidance for your writing from an industry professional, the Australian Writers' Centre is the place to go."

    - Matilda Meakes

    "Carli was extremely generous sharing her knowledge and experience. She was very informative and positive. She was an energetic, positive presenter, with lots of info to share. The course was information rich, a good size and there was never a dull moment!"

    - Awia Markey

    "I thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on aspects of the course. The sensory tasting and discussions really helped to bring the theory aspects to life. Carli is a true professional – her experience and knowledge were relevant and kept me interested and engaged. Just do the course! You'll walk away feeling more confident, with skills and information that will add value to your food writing."

    - Carmel Ricci

    "I enjoyed Carli's stories and practical knowledge. She was amazing - approachable, extremely helpful and generous with her information. She 
delivered the course perfectly."

    - Natalie Fiorenza