National Magazine editor teaches Food Writing course

Posted: 7th September 2015

Karen_Barnes_web_500Editor of award-winning delicious magazine Karen Barnes, will be imparting some of her valuable experience when she teaches a Food Writing weekend course at All Hallows School for Cooks & Makers in Wimborne St Giles, Dorset on 17th and 18th October 2015.

A host of different styles of writing will be covered from creating inspiring and engaging food blogs to writing more ‘meaty’ features, writing good restaurant reviews and how to use imagery to bring copy to life, Karen will explain how to draw a reader in, how to create a voice and style, and importantly the golden rules of pitching stories to editors!

“Every piece of writing should have a purpose and elicit a response either to move you, to inform or instruct, or to make you laugh.  You should feel satisfied after reading it,” explains Karen, “we will examine rhythm and tone, how to avoid too many adjectives, and happily  we’ll all cook and eat together and then turn the experience into words.”

All Hallows School for Cooks & Makers is owned by Lisa Osman an accomplished chef, caterer, teacher, trainer and food judge, who is well-known and respected in Dorset for her dedication to local food and its continued sustainability.  In her beautiful Georgian farmhouse home at Wimborne St Giles, Dorset Lisa teaches, and hosts other accomplished chefs and teachers, to provide a programme of inspired food and lifestyle courses.    From cheese-making to food photography, willow weaving to Thai Cookery, All Hallows motivates and inspires students of all ages and abilities to try a new skill, or to polish an existing love of cooking.

“I am thrilled to welcome Karen Barnes and delighted that we can cook, learn and write together on this very special weekend course. Karen doesn’t offer many opportunities like this so it is wonderful to be able to work with her at All Hallows.  Some of the course will be taught in the farmhouse kitchen at All Hallows by the AGA and some will be taught in Rose Cottage which is tucked away overlooking our potager.  The atmosphere at All Hallows is peaceful and inspiring so I sure that the people on the course will find the setting relaxing yet stimulating as they cook, eat and write together” said Lisa Osman.

The Food Writing Weekend, course fee £300 includes all refreshments and lunch on both days, will run on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October 2015, accommodation can be provided in guest rooms at All Hallows (please call for more details).

Contact: Lisa Osman, All Hallows,Tel: 01725 551185 Mob: 07837 214400 or email

Lisa Osman grew up on her Grandfather’s farm in Dorset; she fondly reminisces of a time when she milked his Guernsey house cows and spent hours in the kitchen helping her grandmother. This rural childhood, surrounded by home produced food, set her on a path of cooking and making discovery.  Lisa once worked as a private cook for a family who lived more in the style of Downton Abbey than 21st century Britain, where she created elaborate daily lunches lovingly cooked on their AGA; this led to requests to cook across the county for private dinners and shoot lunches. In 2004 Lisa launched Provisio, offering bespoke hospitality and catering to a wider audience; she is a member of Slow Food UK Chef Alliance and a judge and arbitrator for the Great Taste awards.

Karen Barnes – Editor of award-winning food magazine ‘delicious.’

For the past five years Karen Barnes has been at the helm of the award-winning food magazinedelicious.  From the moment she was offered this role Karen was determined to ensure the magazine was inclusive; she wanted to encourage as many people as possible to get into the kitchen and cook.  That aim has certainly been achieved.  The magazine has more than 100,000 readers, and in excess of 670,000 visitors access the unique collection of recipes each month.  Karen never compromises on the quality of delicious.… Every recipe is rigorously tested in the magazine’s test kitchen to guarantee it will work, and the quality of the food photography is renowned. Her commitment to excellence shines out of the pages and is what makes delicious. so well loved.

When we first met, Karen shared a lovely story with me. As a little girl she would spend hours cutting and pasting from magazines to create her very own publication.  How wonderful that those dreams were realised.

An experienced writer and journalist, Karen spent 13 years as Associate Editor of Good Housekeeping magazine before joining delicious., including six years heading up the Good Housekeeping Institute and editing various spin-off magazines for Good Housekeeping.