Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Blog Brulee: Looking forward to a writers retreat in Vermont

My attendance at the Blog Brûlée is partially funded by Sponsors of the Blog Brûlée, and I received a discounted registration to the event in exchange for writing this post. Opinions expressed are my own. I was not compensated for my time.

Recently, I had one of those wonderful weeks where a million good things happen all at once. I got several contract work projects, I started with a new private practice client and then on Friday, I received an invitation to attend the inaugural Blog Brulee writers workshop this fall in September! Bingo!

I discovered how much I enjoy writing when I took a year off after grad school. I spent most of a year exploring our big beautiful world, trying new delicious foods and writing home about the adventures. From making homemade corn tortillas in an outdoor kitchen on an avocado farm in Mexico, to defending my banana "panqueques" from tropical birds in Costa Rica, to playing beer pong with my younger brother in Germany, I digested these experiences via my stomach and keyboard. Food and story telling are a great match!

With tumbleweeds in my bank account, it was time to buckle down and get to work. I moved to DC from Ohio and jumped into big city living. Writing took a back seat as I spend the next years working for WIC, a hospital and teaching nutrition at a community college.

But I missed writing!

I started my own little blog and was thrilled to have the creative outlet. The challenge of food photography, or writing directions so that they make sense to a novice cook, and the opportunity to try new recipes were what I needed.

Fast forward, I have returned to Ohio, launched my own private practice and continue to blog and do freelance writing projects. I am really excited for this opportunity to spend a weekend with fellow foodies and writers and to learn how to do all of this better. I cringe when I look back at my early food photos.

I am excited to continue to hone the craft of writing, to talk about how to monetize my writing projects and to continue to grow my brand.

I have never been to Vermont, so I am also excited to visit a new state!

Looking forward to meeting the other attendees and thrilled for this invitation! Thank you!


  1. We are just as excited and can't wait to share ideas with some food & fun come September!

    1. I'm so excited too! Thank you for having me be a part of this weekend :)

  2. Holly... We're so excited to have you joining us. Vermont is great. The speakers are amazing. The sponsors are good brands. And of course, the Attendees are spectacular. It's gonna be awesome :)

    1. We're getting closer to our big weekend and I am getting more excited :)

  3. Nice write-up! Being able to write creatively is something not all of us are capable of. Count yourself blessed because you have a talent. Getting into the mood in writing does not have a set of rules to follow. ‘To each his own’ is what people say; however, a list of suggestions wouldn’t on writing a book

  4. Great write-up! Writing is a talent, and it must not be wasted. As with everything that we had been entrusted, we should let it grow and share it with the world.> life long learner


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