30 spots left
Intro to Food Writing
30 spots left
For many of us in the past year, food has become a substitute for social gatherings. But when conversing with food, how do we experience the same emotional gratification we get while salivating over stinky cheese and breaking bread with good friends? Food writing is hard: how can we avoid the clichés, the exaggerated details, and still engage the reader in traditional familial recipes? How can we use food stories to process life issues like joy, or loss, or injustice?
In this one day workshop, we will examine the style and storytelling techniques that make food writing more than just appetizing. Participants will begin their own projects through in-class prompts, have the opportunity to share excerpts and/or concepts with the class, and receive feedback from the instructor on how to develop their piece. Before the workshop date, participants will receive a reading packet —a blended collection of essays, vignettes and recipes from Marissa Higgins, Rakesh Satyal, Natalie Baszile, An-My Lê, and Sarah Rafael Garcia.
This Austin Bat Cave adult writing class is limited to 30 students and is open to writers of all levels.
About the Instructor
Sarah Rafael García
Sarah Rafael García is a writer, community educator, and performance ethnographer. She’s the author of Las Niñas and SanTana’s Fairy Tales, co-editor of pariahs writing from outside the margins and the forthcoming sci-fi anthology Speculative Fiction for Dreamers as well as founder of Barrio Writers and LibroMobile. Currently, she splits her time between shipping books out to loyal readers across the nation, teaching Ethnofiction Through Contemporary Narratives, and developing an archival ethnofiction project for the life of Modesta Avila as a 2020 USLDH Mellon-Funded Grantee. Follow on Twitter: @SarahRafaGarcia.