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3-Week Food Memoir Workshop: LOVE AND HATE IN THE KITCHEN: FINDING OUR VOICES, FINDING OUR STORIES

3-Week Food Memoir Workshop: LOVE AND HATE IN THE KITCHEN: FINDING OUR VOICES, FINDING OUR STORIES

    June 13, 2024 @ 06:00pm

    LOVE AND HATE IN THE KITCHEN will meet on three consecutive Thursdays beginning June 13.

    ABOUT THE WORKSHOP, FROM THE INSTRUCTOR:

    I named this workshop “Love and Hate in the Kitchen,” because I believe when it comes to food writing—all writing in fact—sentimentality is the devil. Human beings are complicated and our feelings and thoughts about the food that nourishes us and the people who nourish us are nuanced. To write about sweetness untempered by all the other flavors (acid, salt, sour, bitter, unctuous, meaty) falsifies and diminishes human experience--in truth, even our love of grandma’s cookies is complicated. Hence this workshop, designed to help students dig deep, capturing the complexity of their food memories, helping them unearth the disparate elements of their stories, and, most importantly, helping them grow as writers.

    Years of struggling to write my own complicated food memoir taught me to be brave in this way. The willingness to go beneath the surface and to envision the ways that the foods we love are embedded in the complicated past–it is this lesson that I seek to share with students. Always, this work begins by paying close attention to the sensory world and that is where this workshop begins. Taking a deep dive into our sensory responses.

    All three workshop sessions are constructed around newly created sets of playful writing prompts designed to help students surprise themselves, unearthing fresh material that can later be used to discover voice and create narrative.

    Required Texts:

    • THE RYE BREAD MARRIAGE by Michaele Weissman
    • BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER by Gabrielle Hamilton

    Both books are available from Bold Fork Books for a discounted price. A syllabus will be emailed to students after registration.

    ABOUT MICHAELE

    Michaele Weissman is an author and writing teacher based in Chevy Chase, Maryland who has published four books and hundreds of articles. In August 2023, Algonquin Press published her literary memoir, The Rye Bread Marriage, in which she tells her husband’s family story and explores his obsession with Latvian rye bread while pondering the nature of long-term marriage. Her point of view is intimate; her tone is often humorous; but her concerns—the impact of war and dislocation, overcoming trauma, tolerating difference—run deep.

    Her previous book, the “coffee narrative” God in A Cup is widely credited with putting the specialty coffee industry on the map. She is the co-author (with Deborah Prothrow Stith, M.D.) of Deadly Consequences, an examination of teenage gun violence. A History of Women in America co-authored with Carol Hymowitz, has sold a quarter of a million copies and is still in print four decades after publication.

    Michaele’s articles appear in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Forbes, Crain’s Chicago Business, Working Mother and dozens of other print and online publications.

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