Along with at least 10 other bloggers who identified themselves as such, I attended today's UCLA Food Writing "workshop".
I'm wondering if any of you who were there were put off by the amount of dissing that blogs took from the journos and other panelists. I was particularly peeved by Katie O'Kennedy from Bon Appetit discouraging newbies from starting blogs: I believe the quote was something like "When you blog, you only have yourself as a critic, and that's a dangerous proposition." And slightly less so, by Russ Parsons of the LA Times disagreeing with statements about the value of blogging as a way to generate clips and/or keep your writing chops tuned up. Feeling threatend by new media, o ye pros?
I found all of this highly ironic considering that they spent 10 minutes discussing Julie Powell at the beginning of the session, talking about how her blog was her springboard.
I was also more than a little put off by the fact that this course was billed as a workshop, and yet no actual *work* happened. I guess I didn't have a reasonable expectation of homework or critiques in a 1-day course, but I guess I did at least think that we'd be asked to write something brief in class, and then tweak it later using the tips and hints we'd been given. I was glad to have the chance to hear some interesting stories, and to meet some of you in person (Hi Erin, Jennifer, and Jeanne!) but I came away pretty peeved that I paid $130 for so little useful stuff. Oh, and many of the experts listed in the course catalog weren't anywhere to be found.
Most of the panelists were interesting, but I guess I would have been happier if the class had been billed as a panel, a seminar, or a Q&A session rather than a workshop.
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