Eat, Memory

Instructor: Andrea Boucher
Date: 4 Thursdays: September 14, 21, 28; October 5
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $275 Nonmembers, $185 members, $165 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members
* The price of this class includes an additional $25 manuscript fee

Based on the idea behind the book Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table, A Collection of Essays from the New York Times, this four-session class focuses on writing your own personal essay about an important moment in your life that involved food, with one rule: it can't be sentimental. This rule forces us to think beyond our first (and sometimes sappy) remembrances of a particular food or dish that is important to us. Food memories can capture times of difficulty and sadness; they can speak to your heritage and tradition; they can be a statement on culture and upbringing; they can be the frame for an essay about a much bigger subject. Avoiding the reflexively sentimental writing forces us to stretch and move beyond the more easily written essay into something that requires a little more effort.

 NOTE: Not to fear, I will send out sample essays from the book for you to read prior to our first meeting so you can see what we're going for. (Purchasing the book is not necessary for the course.)

Here's what our four class sessions will cover:

First class: Reviewing the sample essays; discussion of craft; in-class writing session

Second and third classes: Workshopping, including detailed, written feedback from your classmates and instructor

Final class: In our last class, we will have both a reading and a feast. Everyone will read, and everyone will bring in the dish they've written about.


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