23 - 28 April 2012

Basket of Tuscan VegetablesWe will be based at Poggio Etrusco, in southern Tuscany near Montepulciano

Join us for a very targeted five days and nights.
We are going to pack in as much as we can with experts in several of the diverse fields of food writing:


We envision a week of intimate interaction in the following subjects:

Each morning will be spent with one of our experts who will cover their topic with the group, then assign an exercise. We'll try to coordinate the exercises to encompass a variety of writing formats: review, article for newspaper, article for blog, storytelling/memoir, article for magazine, proposal/outline, etc.

We have many experiential venues to use for these assignments, such as:

  1. visit a cheese producer in Pienza,
  2. tour of a wine cellar/tasting in Montepulciano,
  3. working on a farm,
  4. market/ cooking from local ingredients at Poggio Etrusco,
  5. day in Siena or Florence: search out new topic on your own,
  6. foraging

Afternoons will be free to work on the assignments and to meet on a one-to-one basis (15-20 minutes or so) with each of the presenters. The final afternoon will be a critique of the work you’ve presented during the week.

Ideally attendees will have at least one published piece. Prior to the workshop, you will present a bio and a 300-word article about <subject to be determined>. You will need to bring your own laptop. Printer will be available.

Euro 3250 per person, double occupancy includes:

Space is extremely limited for this workshop.
Contact Pamela at for registration info.


Jennifer BarryJennifer Barry is an award-winning graphic designer with over 25 years of experience in the design and publishing worlds. Former publisher and design director of Harper Collins in San Francisco, Jennifer Barry brings a rare combination of visual, editorial, and marketing creativity to a wide array of highly successful projects. In addition to book packaging and design, she is also the co-author of over a dozen books. Read more about Jennifer at

Barbara FairchildBarbara Fairchild is presently a freelance food and travel writer, editor, speaker, and consultant. Ms. Fairchild was for ten years the editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit magazine, based in Los Angeles. She stepped down at the end of 2010 when the magazine was relocated to New York. Her career with Bon Appetit spanned more than three decades, beginning as an editorial assistant in 1978. A prominent leader in the epicurean world, Ms. Fairchild was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s "Who's Who in American Food and Beverage" in May 2000.

Nancy Harmon JenkinsNancy Harmon Jenkins is a nationally known food writer who has traveled the world looking for the connection between who we are and what we eat. She is the author of a number of books, the latest of which is The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook (Bantam, 2009). She is currently working on Virgin Territory: A Celebration of the World's Best Olive Oil. Read more about Nancy at

David LebovitzDavid Lebovitz is a wildly popular pastry chef, cookbook author, and pioneer blogger. His website/blog, Living the Sweet Life in Paris, is an award-winning example of how blogging and social media have increased international awareness of his work. Read more about David at

Tori RitchieTori Ritchie has over 25 years experience in food publishing. She was a cookbook editor at Sunset and at Weldon Owen Publishing, food editor at San Francisco Magazine, has authored numerous cookbooks and freelance articles, and reaches thousands of loyal subscribers through her weekly blog, She has taught food writing for many years, including at Stanford Continuing Studies.

Pamela Sheldon JohnsPamela Sheldon Johns, host of this event, is the author of sixteen books specializing in Italian traditional and regional ingredients. Originally from California, Johns has lived full-time in Tuscany for over 10 years at Poggio Etrusco, her organic farm/Bed & Breakfast in Montepulciano where she teaches cooking and produces an extra-virgin olive oil called "Pace da Poggio Etrusco." Pamela has coordinated wine and food workshops in various regions of Italy for twenty years; read more about Pamela at