A Writing Intensive with Betty Fussell
A joint program of Cocinar Mexicano and Under the Volcano, our Word of Mouth food writing workshop offers an extraordinary chance to work with master culinary critic and historian Betty Fussell as part of Under the Volcano's annual literary retreat.
Participants will work both sides of the table, observing prep and process, dining on traditional and contemporary Mexican cuisine, and experimenting with putting words to tastes and vice versa. Participants will also enjoy two hands-on Mexican cooking workshops taught by village women, including our popular Taste of Mexico market-based day class, food-focused art history lectures by docent Janet Dawson and curated dining in local homes. They will also have access to daily readings and performances by participants in Under the Volcano's parallel writing workshops.
Geared to writers who cook and cooks who write, Word of Mouth is open to both experienced and aspiring writers with projects including but not limited to magazine or newspaper articles, memoirs, essays, restaurant reviews, cultural histories or cookbooks, as well as to those hoping to break into the field of food writing.
For journalists, chefs, food professionals and others with a passion for Mexican food and with stories to tell about their own relationship to cuisine, what could be more ideal?
Enrollment is limited to twelve. A cover letter containing a statement of purpose and a brief bio is required. Please email us for more specific guidance.
Word of Mouth meets every morning for three hours, with afternoons free for writing and revision, as well as for exploring the cultural attractions of the village. Individual writing conferences are scheduled throughout the week. Cocinar Mexicano lunches are included in each workshop session.
Both the cost and booking arrangements for Word of Mouth session are handled directly through Food52. Please see our Practicalities page for details on local weather and topography and feel free to email us or call if you have specific questions.
Word of Mouth accommodation for all participants is at the enchanting Posada del Tepozteco. Click here for a direct link to the hotel.
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