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Food as a Doorway to Memory: A Memoir Workshop

with Molly Wizenberg

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Course Description

Good food writing is rarely just about food; it’s about people, places, the way we live, the meat and bones of who we are. In this generative online workshop, author Molly Wizenberg focuses on the craft of narrative food writing, guiding participants as we explore how sensory details of food can help us unlock our most fertile memories. Cooking, eating, sharing food—from these seemingly mundane acts of daily life, we can return through language to past versions of ourselves: experiences we thought we’d forgotten, the thing our father said, the way a lover looked at us. “A single image can split open the hard seed of the past,” writes memoirist Mary Karr, “and soon memory pours forth from every direction, sprouting its vines and flowers up around you till the old garden’s taken shape in all its fragrant glory.”

Over the course of six live, online sessions, we learn, discuss, and write, as well as engage in close readings of works by writers like Nigel Slater, Laurie Colwin, M. F. K. Fisher, Diana Abu-Jaber, and Gabrielle Hamilton. Each participant has the opportunity to share work and get feedback from the instructor and the group. No particular experience is necessary, but each student must have access to a laptop or tablet, an Internet connection, and a sense of curiosity about their lives.

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about
Molly Wizenberg

Molly Wizenberg is the author of three memoirs, most recently The Fixed Stars, a finalist for the 2021 Washington State Book Award and a 2021 Stonewall Book Awards honor book. Her first two books, A Homemade Life and Delancey, were both New York Times bestsellers. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, Lit Hub, and elsewhere, as well as on Orangette, the James Beard Award-winning blog that Molly wrote from 2004 to 2019. She also co-hosts the food-and-comedy podcast Spilled Milk. Molly lives in Seattle and teaches writing around the world.

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