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Staying on topic by changing the subject with Jay Rayner

Guardian Masterclasses

Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (GMT)

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Join the Observer's restaurant critic Jay Rayner to find out how to approach one of the great unspoken complications of journalism: how to write regularly about the same subject and still keep your opinions, and writing, interesting, for yourself and your readers.
As a restaurant critic, you may think subjects such as food, service and decor are Jay Rayner's meat and drink. In reality his reviews are used as a springboard to discuss sex, death, love, war, disease, theatre, film and politics. The secret to good journalism is to find rich seams of personal experience and insight in any piece, to provide the reader with a nuanced piece of writing which stimulates their mind as well as (in Jay's case at least) their appetite.

Course description

An entertaining talk in which Jay Rayner will explore the methods and structural tricks he employs to take trips off piste in his reviews, and how to keep writing about the same topic over an extended period, by constantly changing the subject. For anyone interested in good writing, but is challenged by the demands of writing about the same beat over an extended period.

Tutor profile

Jay Rayner is the Observer's food critic and is regularly on the television and radio. He is the author of seven books; his latest, A Greedy Man in a Hungry World, will be published by Harper Collins on May 23 2013.



Date: Thursday 16 January 2014
Times: 6.30pm-9.30pm. Check-in begins 30 minutes before the start time.
Location: The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
Prices: £39 (includes VAT, booking fee and refreshments)
Event capacity: 100
Dress code: There is no dress code for Masterclasses. Please dress however you feel comfortable.

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The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (GMT)

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