There is more to writing about food than describing methods of cooking, or pleasures of tasting. It’s in looking at the spaces between those two steps that we really begin to understand food as a narrative or as a character. 

The Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and Simon Thibault will be presenting Between Tender and Bitter: A Food Writing Workshop on Monday, March 23rd (6pm - 9pm), and Tuesday, April 7th (6pm - 9pm). The workshop will provide a brief intro into various forms of food writing, from personal essay to journalism, from recipe copy to researching methods. Beginner and emerging writers welcome. 

Attendees are asked to submit a piece of writing to be discussed and workshopped during the class. Submissions are to be emailed to before the start date. Works will then be reworked by individual attendees and workshopped again in the second session, on March 30th.

To sign up and arrange payment, please email


Simon Thibault is a journalist, editor, and author of Pantry and Palate: Remembering and Rediscovering Acadian Food. He is also a Developmental Editor at Nimbus Publishing. 

His work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post, Vice, and CBC Radio. He has also been a judge in food writing categories for the James Beard Awards and the International Association of Culinary Professionals Awards (IACP).


$95 for WFNS members

$159 for non-members (includes membership to the WFNS for 2020) 

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia strives to offer an inclusive space where all feel welcome. To this end, we ask that participants not use racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, or other discriminatory language in WFNS workshops and professional development sessions. Participants who use such language may be asked to leave.

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax
Monday, March 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to Monday, March 30, 2020 - 9:00pm