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Cooking up a blogging storm in Italy

Local columnist travels to Italy to teach blogging

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Canstar’s award-winning food columnist Kathryne Grisim is off to Tuscany, Italy to teach a blogging workshop called La Dolce Vita: Mastering the Art of Blogging in the Hills of Tuscany from Oct. 1 to 11.

In early spring, Grisim received a phone call from a woman who runs workshops in Tuscany, offering Grisim an opportunity to attend a culinary workshop. Grisim replied saying the timing was not right. However, the woman asked Grisim if she had any experience teaching workshops to which Grisim answered with, "I teach a blogging workshop as well as a number of other hospitality workshops."

The woman insisted that Grisim come to Tuscany to teach a blogging workshop, and Grisim agreed to it. Right now, Grisim is confirming the details of the trip — but she did admit there was something holding her back from grasping the opportunity.

"Our (first) granddaughter was born a week ago Sunday," Grisim said. "I guess that’s the only thing that would’ve prevented me from going, but right now it’s all systems go."

This trip will be the River Heights resident’s first time in Italy, with the exception of a brief stop in Florence.

"(Tuscany) is the heart of art and Italian food and fine wines and beauty. It just takes everything that I hold dear and it all happens in one place," Grisim said.

Apart from teaching workshops, Grisim is excited to be in Tuscany, absorbing the sights and sounds in her own way.

"I’m not so much of a tourist as I am what I call a traveller," Grisim said. "I like to go places and then just sit and absorb my surroundings as if I lived there, even for a day or an hour.  Those are the experiences that I’m looking forward to. Not so much seeing, but being there."

From Oct. 1 to 10, eight of those days will be dedicated to the blogging workshop. For a couple of hours a day, Grisim will teach about 15 English-speaking people from around the world how to blog.

"It’s for do-it-yourself bloggers, mommy bloggers, fashion bloggers, travel bloggers," Grisim said. "Blogging requires a real commitment of time and energy and sometimes we need a little kick in the butt."

Each workshop focuses on a different topic of blogging, such as using Google Analytics to track blog traffic, finding an authentic voice, and even the (young) history of blogging.

The workshop accepted applications to attend the workshop until Aug. 15. However, there was some flexibility for people who need more time to arrange their flight and itinerary.

Grisim writes a food blog called Food Musings (foodmusings.ca).

To learn more about the workshops, visit tuscanmuse.com


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