Matthew Dicks is a teacher and author of Memoirs
of an Imaginary Friend, The Perfect Comeback
of Caroline Jacobs, Something Missing, and
Unexpectedly, Milo. He’s also the humor columnist
for Seasons magazine. Matthew is a 19-time
Moth StorySLAM and three-time GrandSLAM
champion whose stories have been featured on
The Moth Radio Hour and This American Life.
He’s the founder of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization.
Matthew is married with two children, Clara and Charlie.
When writing about food, I follow a few simple
principles: 1. Write about my hatred for the foods that
so many aggressively health-conscious people adore. This
annoys the readers who practically worship these foods, and
annoyed readers are engaged readers. 2. Mention my love for
Egg McMuffins often. McDonald’s may notice and offer an
endorsement deal someday. 3. When writing about food, always
tell a story. Stories taste better than even the best of foods.”
Contributor Photo Credits: Matthew Dicks/Holly Williams, Rachel Forrest/ David J. Murray
Rachel Forrest is a food and drink writer,
restaurant critic and cookbook author who lives
in Exeter, New Hampshire, and Austin, Texas.
Find her work at www.rachelforrest.com.
To know your readers is to love them – and they’ll love
what you write. Understand who your readers are, what
they know and don’t know, honoring their current knowledge
of your topic while expanding their horizons. Your readership
changes depending on the publication, but show your respect by
writing for them, and not to make yourself look hip. Save that for
karaoke night. Which is not all that hip, really!”