Cultivating our future food communicators by drawing on inspiration and connection

Spearheaded by food writer and life member Kathy Paterson, Food Writers New Zealand are launching their new scholarship programme for two emerging food communicators in 2024.

Reflecting the depth of opportunity that exists within the food industry our targeted programme explores most aspects of food-related topics including creative writing, food journalism, food reviewing, recipe and nutrition writing, food and travel writing, food photography and food styling, videography, social media and personal brand, plus more.

Paula Morris MNZM, Associate Professor English and Drama, Director, Master of Creative Writing,  will anchor the programme with a short online course called Nonfiction Fundamentals – craft-intensive seminars, close reading of good published examples, and writing exercises.

We are seeking highly motivated food communicators (over the age of 18), who are mad about cooking, are eager to write and are keen to be exposed to new techniques, while sharing a thoughtful approach to the future of food in Aotearoa.

The expectation is for students to engage with the programme for three-six hours per week over a three month period, with the understanding that some weeks may vary.  The educators are all fully immersed in the industry and individualised instruction will come with ongoing mentoring.  Access to platforms to showcase their work during the programme and upon completing the scholarship is guaranteed.

Kathy says the idea of offering a Food Writers Scholarship has been swirling around for a long time and now it feels like the right time. Kathy explains her aim for the programme is to give an introduction into the diverse make up of our industry through guidance and nurturing.  Pursuing a personal approach is paramount and she imagines (wherever possible), learning happening around the kitchen table and can see students fossicking through the prop shelves of food stylists looking for plates, cutlery and small dishes for their food images.

Applications Open now – click here

Who are Food Writers New Zealand?

We are New Zealand’s organisation for all professional food communicators, offering professional development, networking, support and collaboration opportunities to anyone involved in the wonderful world of food.

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We are extremely grateful to have the support of Beef + Lamb New Zealand and their belief in the value of this scholarship

Prospective applicants can find the most up-to-date information regarding applications by following

IG: @foodwritersnz

FB:  @NZFoodWriters 

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Terms and Conditions

New Zealand Food Communicators Scholarship

1. Agreement to Terms

By submitting an application for the New Zealand Food Communicators Scholarship, applicants acknowledge and agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions (“Terms”).

2. Eligibility

Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the commencement of their food career.

3. Dates

The successful applicant is expected to participate in the program for approximately 3-6 hours per week over a 12-week period. Flexibility with time is required, including the ability to attend online sessions and travel to Auckland for workshops as needed (travel and accommodation costs covered).

4. Judges’ Decision

The Judges’ decision regarding the successful applicant for the year 2024 is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

5. How to Enter

Applicants must visit the Application Page on the New Zealand Food Writers Website and complete the form with the required details. All work submitted by the successful applicant during and at the end of the Scholarship course must be original work and not published or broadcast elsewhere, or submitted for publication or broadcast elsewhere. The successful applicant is responsible for the legal implications of any work published. Copyright for submitted work remains the property of Beef + Lamb NZ and the appointed publications.

6. Database

By agreeing ‘Yes’ to receive information on the application form, applicants permit New Zealand Food Writers to store their personal information in a database for future contact. Pursuant to the Privacy Act 1993, applicants have the right to access and correct any personal information.

7. Disqualification

New Zealand Food Writers (NZGFW) reserves the right to verify the validity of claims, determine eligibility, and disqualify applicants for providing false or misleading details, engaging in fraudulent or dishonest behavior, or not adhering to the terms and conditions or the spirit of the Scholarship.

8. No Liability

The New Zealand Food Writers (NZGFW) shall not be liable in any way (including, with limitation, in negligence) for any loss or damage whatsoever suffered (including, with limitation, indirect, or consequential loss) or for any loss or damage or personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with the Scholarship except any liability that cannot be excluded by law. The New Zealand Food Writers (NZGFW) is not liable for any tax implications that may arise as a result of becoming the successful applicant.

9. Contact Us

For any questions, please contact us via email: for Food Writers New Zealand.