I will be hosting 2 workshops in the coming year, so please stay tuned for details.

Both workshops will be held at the Hôtel Diderot in Chinon, France and will run from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday noon. 

Don’t hesitate to email me requesting to be put on the mailing list for one or both workshops. 


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December 2018 Personal Essay/Memoir Writing with Dianne Jacob


March 2019 How to Write a Cookbook with Domenica Marchetti




The Instructors

Jamie Schler is an IACP award-winning writer and hotel owner in Chinon, France. After working as a culinary guide in gastronomic tourism in Paris and as interpreter at the prestigious École Ferrandi in Paris, and recipe editor and assistant editor for Master Chef magazine, she combined her passions for food and storytelling to forge a career as a writer specializing in food, culture and family. 11046840_786077694819933_1926022207059735995_n

Jamie has been published in The Washington Post, The Art of Eating, Fine Cooking, France Magazine, Modern Farmer, Leite’s Culinaria, deliberateLIFE, Paste Magazine, the kitchn, American Food Roots, TED Weekends, among others. She was a long time contributor to Huffington Post Food. Jamie’s first cookbook Orange Appeal (Gibbs Smith) was released in August 2017 and she is now writing the memoir of her life as an American hotel owner in France and working on a cookbook devoted to jam.

Jamie’s blog Life’s a Feast won the 2017 International Association of Culinary Professional’s Digital Media award for Narrative Culinary Blog.

She has spoken at conferences and cultural events around the globe, including London, New Orleans, San Francisco, Louisville, New York, Orlando, Muscat, Oman, and Cape Town, South Africa, on food writing, freelancing, food and culture, French cuisine and strategies for expat freelance writers. A passionate teacher, she has been organizing and instructing at food writing workshops since 2010.



Dianne Jacob is the author of the award-winning book  Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes, and More (Da Capo/Lifelong Books) as well as the co-author of two cookbooks with Chef Craig Priebe, The United States of Pizza (Rizzoli, 2015) and Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas (DK Publishing, 2008). She is the author of The Good Pantry (Oxmoor House, 2015), with recipes from Cooking Light.

DJ-Food-Media-Forum.42Former journalist and publishing company editor-in-chief, Dianne is now a full-time writing coach, author, and freelance editor. Her well-known blog Will Write for Food is aimed at writers and covers trends, issues, and techniques. She also continues her work as a freelance writer for local, national, and international publications. In 2013 she was named the Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence for the Stratford Chef’s School in Canada. She has spoken and taught at events and workshops around the world, including London, Dubai, Vancouver, Turkey, and Australia.




domenica mercatoDomenica Marchetti is the author of seven books on Italian cooking, most recently Preserving Italy: Canning, Curing, Infusing, and Bottling Italian Flavors and Traditions, which was named one of the best cookbooks of the year by the Washington Post. Her other books include the bestselling The Glorious Pasta of Italy, The Glorious Vegetables of Italy, The Glorious Soups and Stews of Italy, Ciao Biscotti, and Williams-Sonoma Rustic Italian.

Domenica is a graduate of Columbia School of Journalism and a former newspaper reporter, and she brings a reporter’s instincts and skills to her work. Her articles and recipes on contemporary Italian home cooking have appeared in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, Food and Wine, and online at NPR.org and Leite’s Culinaria. Domenica’s book The Glorious Pasta of Italy was named one of the 100 best cookbooks of the last 25 years by the editors of Cooking Light, and her book Big Night In was named one of the best cookbooks of 2008 by the editors of Food and Wine.

Domenica has taught cooking classes at schools across the U.S., including Williams-Sonoma; Southern Season, in Chapel Hill, N.C. and Charleston, S.C.; Stonewall Kitchen, in York, ME; and Central Market, in Texas. She is also a cooking instructor at the online learning website Craftsy.com. In her spare time, Domenica feeds her family, maintains a home cooking blog at  www.domenicacooks.com, and plays tennis.


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