And here they are: the 2014 Faculty! I'm thrilled that we'll have another amazing braintrust of award-winning, multi-disciplined writer-editors-authors that will guide our professional development sessions. Our round-table disucssions are themed, but tend to follow the questions and queries of the group. This year, we'll also be working on some new writing throughout the workshop -- no excuses! -- and you'll have a chance to work closely with an instructor to hone your piece of writing.
Anita Stewart was awarded a Doctor of Laws (Honouris causa) in 2011 from the University of Guelph’s College of Management & Economics and in 2012 was invested into the Order of Canada. She is the University of Guelph’s Food Laureate, a first for both Canada and the world. She is the first Canadian to earn a Master of Arts in Gastronomy from the University of Adelaide in South Australia; has authored or co-authored 14 books on Canadian foods and wines and is a regular on CBC Radio Radio. She is the Senior Editor of Taste and Travel Magazine and the founder/creator of Food Day Canada, a pan-Canadian event that celebrates the summer’s bounty in our most respected restaurants.
Find her online at Anita Stewart. Follow Anita at @FoodDayCanada on Twitter. Follow Food Day Canada on Facebook. Follow Taste and Travel Magazine on Facebook. Follow Taste and Travel Magazine's Twitter feed.
Neal McLennan is the Food & Travel editor at Western Living Magazine and the spirits columnist at Vancouver Magazine. He's also a frequent contributor to such outlets as EnRoute, Cooking Light, BC Business and Seattle Magazine writing on topics ranging from first growth Bordeaux to the glass ceilings at corporate law firms. He lives in Vancouver with his wife Amanda Ross and their two young daughters.
Julie Van Rosendaal is a the author of six best-selling cookbooks, the latest being Alice Eats: a Wonderland Cookbook she co-authored with chef-illustrator Pierre Lamielle. Julie is also the food editor of Parents Canada magazine and a freelance writer, contributing regularly to local, national and international publications. She's the food and nutrition columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One, co-host of It’s Just Food on the OWN television network, and is the co-editor (with Elizabeth Booth) of RollingSpoon.com, an online magazine that talks to bands and musicians about what they like to cook and eat. Julie is a food photographer and stylist for various print campaigns, and she is perhaps best known as the writer/photographer for her award-winning food blog, DinnerwithJulie.com, which documents real life in her home kitchen in Calgary, Alberta with her husband, Mike, and 8 year old son, Willem.
A freelance writer based in Penticton, BC, above the Naramata Bench, Roslyne Buchanan is a regular contributor on topics such as food and drink, travel, and lifestyle in media such as Food & Wine Trails, The Field Guide, Savour, Niche, Destinations Travel Magazine, blog.hellobc.com, and myvancity.ca. After retiring from The City of Calgary as communications strategist in environmental and safety management 2009, she moved back to where her journalism career began as a Penticton Herald reporter/photographer in 1978/79. Highly enthusiastic about the Okanagan lifestyle, she is perpetually enchanted by the food and wine industry and all things culinary as well as recreational pursuits such as travel, golfing, skiing, hiking, tennis and snorkeling. Now she is convinced she has found the perfect balance to pursue her passion for writing with integrity and joy to share firsthand experiences.
Most of her adventures are shared with her husband, Mark and when they’re not out exploring, they are managed by two felines Baja and Floyd. Find her personal blog at www.rozsmallfry.com and/or follow her on twitter @RozDB
Nancy Wise is the owner of Sandhill Book Marketing Ltd., a Kelowna-based book distribution company formed in 1984. For 30 years, the company has specialized in the sales and distribution of independently published and small press books. Sandhill has a large retail customer base of independent bookstores, chain stores and specialty accounts across the country. Some of Sandhill’s bestsellers include Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking (over 170,000 copies sold), the bestselling Whitewater Cooks series and Rebar Modern Food Cookbook among many others.
In addition to managing the distribution company, Nancy has also published five titles under the imprint of Sandhill Publishing. She is the co-author of the highly successful How to Self Publish and Make Money with Marion Crook which, until it went out of print after selling almost 10,000 copies, served as an introduction to the Canadian book industry for those who are new to it. View Sandhill's catalogue of books online at www.sandhillbooks.com.
Jennifer Cockrall-King is a food culture writer, splitting her time between Edmonton, Alberta, and the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. She is the Consumption columnist for Eighteen Bridges magazine, and writes for other publications such as Maclean’s, Western Living, NUVO, and enRoute magazine. She is the author of Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and The New Food Revolution. In 2009, she began a side-project to create a professional development opportunity for culinary writers of all levels to the inspiring wine-soaked Okanagan Valley. She is grateful for all the support she gets to bring The Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop to life once a year.
Jennifer's website is badly neglected but can be found at foodgirl.ca. She shares Okanagan-related news and links at @foodwinewriters and Edmonton food and urban agriculture news @jennifer_ck much more regularly. She encourages everyone to follow Food and Wine Writers Workshop on Facebook.