I'm pleased to announce the 2015 faculty of instructors. They are:
Marcello Di Cintio is the author of three books of travelogue including, most recently, Walls: Travels Along the Barricades. Walls won the 2013 Shaugnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. Di Cintio is also a magazine writer whose work can be found in publications such as The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, The International New York Times, Condé Nast Traveller and Afar. Di Cintio is a former writer-in-residence with the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program and the Palestine Writing Workshop, and a featured instructor at the Iceland Writers Retreat. Currently, Di Cintio is working on a book about Palestinian literary culture. He lives in Calgary. Follow him on Twitter @DiCintio
Born in Vancouver, CLAUDIA CUSANO is Italian by blood, and thus grew up with a love of food, family, and friendship. The food served at the countless dinner tables of a generation of Italian-Canadian immigrants informed her gastronomic motto: I’d rather not eat if it’s not good food. Her first job was scooping gelato at a local fair and the addiction to gelato—not ice-cream—has never waned. Claudia is a graduate of sociology from the University of British Columbia and holds a degree in speech and drama from Trinity College London in England. Claudia is currently the editor for NUVO magazine, a lifestyle magazine for the Canadian sophisticate. www.nuvomagazine.com
JILL FORAN is the editor of WestJet Magazine (formerly known as up!), a role she adores because it brings together perfectly her two greatest passions: travel and the written word. Prior to joining WestJet Magazine, Jill served as editor-in-chief of Kayak (an award-winning children's magazine) and as an associate editor at Reader's Digest Canada. She has been working as a writer and editor in the publishing industry for nearly 20 years.
And me, JENNIFER COCKRALL-KING. I am a food and culture writer. I wrote Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and The New Food Revolution, which has been translated into Korean, Japanese, and French. My next book Food Artisans of the Okanagan (and Similkameen) will be published by TouchWood Editions in Spring 2016. I contribute to various magazines and organize the Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop to spend time with my friends and meet new ones who love food writing as much as I do.
What do you want to learn from this slate of writers and editors at the 2015 Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop? Bring your projects for the "blue pencil" sessions with individualized one-on-one advice from them! Check the schedule notes for program details.