Classes are suitable from absolutely anyone, from beginner to confident cook. We hold the classes in pop-up venues in and around Oxford, and each class in 2.5-3 hours long. All ingredients and equipment are provided – just bring yourself, and come along to enjoy cooking and eating together.

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If you are the lucky recipient of one of our vouchers, all you need to do is send us an email at  Let us know your voucher number, and which course you would like to attend.  We’ll book you straight in.

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FOOD WRITING DAY WORKSHOP – 21st September 2019

21/09/2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

If you’ve ever wanted to write your own food blog, or cook book, or  considered a new career in food writing, then our  brand new food writing course, led by Sophie Grigson, author of over 20 cookery books is just the thing for you.  Learn how to craft your words, focus your passions and seduce your reader.


The class will take place in the magnificent Honesty Cookery School just outside Newbury.

£350.00Add to basket

SOPHIE GRIGSON has written over 20 books, including SPICE (2014), VEGETABLES ((2006) and EAT YOUR GREENS (some time last century) and numerous newspaper and magazine articles, on- and off-line.   She has co-tutored food writing courses for the  Arvon Foundation.  Over several decades she has learned how to hone and animate her writing, amassing a hoard of expertise.   She admits to being a slow but determined writer.   Her signature relaxed and open approach to teaching will be as evident here as it is in her cooking classes.



10.00 am:   Arrive, Coffee, Tea, Settle in

10.30 am:   First Writing Session – SOPHIE GRIGSON

This morning we will focus on writing prose that holds a reader’s attention to the very end.  With a maximum of 12 people on the course, the tone will be informal, intimate, creative and instructive.   As time is relatively short, we will concentrate on beginning to write one or two short pieces each. which can be smoothed and finished after the course, for Sophie to critique (constructively and gently) at a later time.

13.00 pm   Making & Noting Lunch – with an inspiring heap of early autumn produce on the table, we will make our own lunch together.    As well as being a pleasure for us all, this is also a prelude to the first afternoon session.

14.00:  The Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Recipe – SOPHIE GRIGSON

It’s not quite as easy as you might think!   In this session we’ll run through the basics, including different  recipe styles and formats.   Each participant will write their own recipe based on what they prepared or cooked at lunch

16.30    GUEST TUTOR:   Self-Publishing And Other Practicalities – tba

Brief One-to-One Tutorials – SOPHIE GRIGSON

18.00-18.30 Time to go Home

Bring With You.

Whatever you like to write on and with

Pen and Notebook

2 pieces of food writing/recipe writing that you particularly like



10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Sophie’s Cookery School


Honesty Cookery School
The Barn North Sydmonton House North Sydmonton Newbury Berkshire RG20 4UL
Newbury, RG20 4UL United Kingdom
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