Candace Dempsey

Candace Dempsey is an award-winning travel and food writer, editor, and author of Murder in Italy (Penguin), the true story of Amanda Knox, winner of Best True Crime Editor’s and Reader’s Choice awards. An Italian-American journalist based in Seattle, she’s interviewed many food celebs, from the Barefoot Contessa to Ruth Reichl. Like her idol, Peter Mayle, she’s an appreciative eater. Candace is a former restaurant reviewer for and other publications. Check out her most delicious articles at

She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC World News, CBC, Italian television and other media outlets. Her travel memoirs appear in Travelers’ Tales and Seal Press anthologies, plus numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Chicago TribuneThe New York TimesSlate, Passionfruit and Art & Antiques.

Candace has a master’s degree from the University of Oregon School of Journalism, where she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow. She’s also the former editor and producer of MSN UnderWire, a Website that Newsweek called “cheeky, nicely written, fun” and The New York Times praised for “serious sisterhood.”

Student Comments

This was another great workshop, very well organized and structured. Candace was really helpful, attentive, and pleasant to work with. She provided lots of great resources, and her comments were helpful. Here’s the proof: I brought an article to completion in the workshop, sent it in on Friday to Christian Science Monitor newspaper, and learned yesterday (Sunday) that it is accepted for publication. How’s that for results! Thanks.

Anne Clippinger

Very happy. Her feedback was spot-on and extremely valuable. I really enjoyed having Candace as an instructor. She definitely knows her stuff!… It was a nice mix of challenging and fun, and I ended up with a great story at the end that I’m proud of… Awesome class. I got a lot out of it, and I enjoyed the last 10 weeks. Thank you for offering such specialized material.

Karyn Strait

The lessons and assignments were skillfully structured to develop my writing skills, and also to show how one gets from idea to finished product. Candace was very accessible, gave lots of valuable encouragement, and most importantly, gave practical feedback that made me a better writer. She always seemed able to come up with just the right suggestion to make the piece come together. I was also pleased to note that her personality fairly jumped out of the computer, something I wondered about, never having taken an online course before. The class delivered exactly what it promised: a finished product and concrete skills that I can use right now to pursue food writing with confidence.

Lynn Fernandez

I thought Candace was one of the best teachers I’ve had. Very thorough, responsive, knowledgeable and generous. You can tell she is excited by what she is teaching. Yes, very happy. There are other classes on the web that are more expensive but not necessarily better than yours. I think keeping the price point lower is attractive. Especially for those who like to take classes regularly.

Diane DeCillis