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Time is now to sign up for Pandemic University - an online popup writing school

Sign up for an online course about food writing.
Sign up for an online course about food writing.

Always wanted to learn how to write? Well, now is the time to sit down and give it a whirl. 

The appropriately named Pandemic University School of Writing is a pop up writing school offering virtual classes with published writing instructors from several genres. Creator Omar Mouallem created the site to help writers that are being financially affected by the current world health crisis. Mouallem himself is a journalist, bestselling author, documentary filmmaker, and story consultant for TV. He’s written for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and The Ringer, edited numerous magazines, and co-directed the CBC documentary Digging in the Dirt.

As the site points out: “Because now is the time to write that novel, TV pilot, memoir, cookbook, poetry, true crime mystery, book proposal, long-form feature, personal essay, food blog while supporting writers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The Spring course offerings include 14 short creative writing classes – many are only $15 and some are by donation by donation in support of the Canadian Writers’ Trust Emergency Relief Fund. For $99 bucks you can sign up to watch them all.

Naramata-based cookbook author Jennifer Cockrall-King is a member of the faculty. She is teaching a 90-minute course called "An Appetite for Story: Food Writing Fundamentals" on April 20th, and "Cookbook Confidential: The Recipe of a Misunderstood Artform" on May 11.

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