An award-winning US-based food writer is to visit West Cork this coming October, to take part in a food writing workshop and food tour retreat.

Dianne Jacob will be taking part in Food with a Story to Tell at the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, from the 8th – 11th October, along with Cork-based food writer and local tour guide Kate Ryan.

Participants at Food with a Story to Tell will be taking part in a four day series of guided writing sessions by food writer Dianne Jacob with tours and meals organised by Kate Ryan.

As well as workshops, there will be excursions, lunches and dinners each day and free time to enjoy the local area.

Attendance includes a private half-hour consultation with each instructor providing a one-on-one opportunity to discuss writing and career goals. At the end of the food writing workshop and tour, participants will leave with improved writing skills, a better understanding of the importance of story in food and how to use it, and practical advice on pursuing their own writing projects.

“Guests will visit local artisan food producers, dine on sumptuous gourmet lunches and dinners, and take time to enjoy the glorious scenery and beaches of this coastal community,” said Kate Ryan. “The tastes, sights and stories of the food we will connect with, the landscape surrounding us and the tales from the people we meet will be channelled into our writing. The goal is to discover or develop a writing voice through food, as storytellers.”

“Through these experiences, the workshops will guide our writers on how to find their authentic writing voice through personal essay and first person writing. We will develop the importance of story in food writing,” said Dianne. “The group will be small, affording plenty of time to write, talk, explore and gain insights from Kate and I as well as the group.”

An early bird offer of €1300 per person is available until 31st March 2020. After that the fee is €1500 per person. For more information, visit

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