Food Writing (10/20)

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Second Helpings: Food Writing Workshop Part Two with Alaina Bixon

FREE • Wednesdays: October 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8, 15  • 2–3:30 PM

Workshops are held on Zoom

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Second Helpings: Food Writing Part Two in the Season of Comfort Foods

Whet your literary culinary appetite this fall, and learn to write about food as we approach the holidays where food plays such a prominent role. Led by experienced food writer Alaina Bixon, this free workshop series is offered in partnership with the Rancho Mirage Public Library. Beginning on October 20, each 90-minute workshop will include two writing prompts, with time to create a food-related story for both prompts.

Topics will include food history, sustainability, nutrition and health, family stories, cookbooks, food and travel, culinary memoirs, and the politics of food. Resources provided include reading lists, podcasts, magazines, web sites, blogs, and YouTube. We will also discuss how to submit articles for publication.

The previous Inlandia food writing series took place online from October-November 2021, and participants included a restaurant owner, home chefs, and enthusiastic “foodie” writers of all levels, from Los Angeles to the Inland Empire and even the San Francisco Bay area. The response was so encouraging, and the writing so fascinating, that Inlandia and Alaina are pleased to present another series of food writing workshops – stories told through the lens of food and drink.

Alaina Bixon is a freelance writer, editor and publisher who helps clients take their work from first draft to book. She taught creative writing at Palm Desert High School and has led Inlandia Institute writing workshops for adults. She is the founder of Tilton Bass Publishing, which published, among other titles, Terrence Tingle’s book Irish Yankee: An Irish Immigrants Journals of Service in the U.S. Military, 1916-1919. The book was added to the collections of the Getty, the Massachusetts National Guard Museum and Archives, and several libraries. Ms. Bixon has written and lectured on pseudoscience, travel, food history, and hippie-era San Francisco gurus. She studied food writing with Jeannette Ferrary, former food columnist for The New York Times, and is completing a profile of Maggie Waldron, the original head of Ketchum Test Kitchens. Ms. Bixon graduated from UC-Riverside with an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.

About Rancho Mirage Public Library:

The Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory is a teaching and learning tool for all ages, intended to further enhance free public educational opportunities.

All Inlandia workshops are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, a state agency. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit Learn more about the California Arts Council at

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