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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Food in Fiction and Nonfiction

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  • $85.00 Non-Member
  • $75.00 Member

Class Description

Briny cold oysters. Crisp and smoky bacon. Emulsified grease left in a frying pan on the stove overnight. Food with all the sensory details can enliven a page. A plate of pancakes or a slightly brown banana is a concrete detail that makes a reader's mirror neurons engage. Food also carries cultural and status freight. Nourishment, or lack of, is an amazing way to learn about a character, a family. First dates, and last meals carry heavy burdens that are perfect for stories.

In this seminar, we will read examples of writers, like E. Annie Proulx and Michelle Zauner, who intentionally incorporate food into their prose. Whether it is a mystifying walk down the cereal aisle, A heritage food served to a large family, a failed soufflé, or cooking a divorce pot roast: food brings the work to life. At the close of this seminar we will write together from an extended prompt, using food to develop character and reveal relationships.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!