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A Taste of Spain: Travel, Food and Wine Writing Class in Rioja


Spain is at the cutting edge of culinary inventiveness with figures like Ferran Adria of El Bulli Restaurant transforming the country into a true culinary destination. We'll dine at contemporary and traditional restaurants, tapas bars and bodegas, sampling a range of delicious Spanish dishes and outstanding La Rioja wines, visiting the gleaming Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and learning how to turn these wonderful experiences into rich, engaging, publishable stories as part of the Travel Writing in Rioja class (May 17-23).
Travel writing, food writing and wine writing are some of the most appealing genres of nonfiction, calling on all of an author’s skills—dramatic scenes, character sketches, concrete detail, point of view, scene by scene construction—to compose compelling, engaging travel narratives. This one-week intensive class will introduce you to essential techniques of travel, food and wine writing and give you expert, insider advice about how to submit and publish finished travel stories.

In addition to learning these skills, you’ll dine at outstanding restaurants, visit some of the world’s best wineries, and explore fascinating historic sights during the travel writing classes. You’ll enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes tours unavailable to the general public. Best of all, you’ll receive up-to-date story ideas from local industry experts that you can turn into finished travel, food and wine stories by the end of the class and submit to newspapers and magazines for publication. And now, I will personally edit and recommend your stories to a well-known food and beverage magazine for likely publication.

The one-week travel writing class will take place in La Rioja, Spain’s premier wine region, a land of astonishing beauty and rich geographic diversity, producing some of the finest wines in the world. Mountains to the north and south protect it from cold and wind, creating an ideal micro-climate for growing grapes, figs, pears, highly-prized white asparagus as well as pasturing cattle and sheep that make for delicious carne asada and succulent roast lamb.

The cost will be $2600 per person, including accommodations and most meals. (Single supplement, $500 per person) Plane fare, transit to and from La Rioja and some meals extra.

To enroll, please send me a non-refundable deposit of $800 to 201 Newell St., Seattle, WA 98109. Enrollment is limited to 10. For more information, contact me at or 206-284-7121. The balance for the class will be due April 1st. After that date, there will be no refunds except in the case of medical emergency. See details below.
  If you sign up by Jan. 1, you’ll get a discount of $400 on the class. Sign up soon to enjoy an insider's introduction to this lovely, storied part of Spain and learn the secrets of the travel writer's trade. The class will make a wonderful holiday gift for yourself or a loved one. The Travel Writing in Rioja Class is filling fast; please let me know soon if you'd like to sign up!

Nicholas O'Connell is a freelance author and founder of The Writer's Workshop.

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