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Writing About Food

Course Starts

June 13, 2023

Course Time (CST)

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Course Type


Course Ends

June 20, 2023

Course Cost


Food tells a story, about family and traditions, culture and travel. This workshop features tips for writing vividly about food, engaging all the senses and reflecting on the power of taste and aroma to evoke memories of people and places. 

Your subject could be as simple as a freshly picked tomato, warm from the sun and sprinkled with salt, and the person who painstakingly tended to it in his garden.  Or perhaps making a Christmas glazed ham with your grandmother’s recipe brings to mind the people who long ago gathered around her table, laughing and teasing and, a couple of them, simmering with resentment.

Outstanding examples of this kind of writing and in-class prompts help participants craft short passages about food, meals and the stories that surround them.  Whether you want to write about food for its own sake, or to incorporate these stories into a memoir or other narrative, this workshop will help you jump start that process.

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SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE: There is one (1) scholarship available for this course. Students of need are encouraged to apply through our Scholarship Application page.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS COURSE? Visit our FAQ page or e-mail Digital Services Manager Matt Rezin.

DISCOUNT FOR ACADEMY MEMBERS: Members receive a 10% discount Member Rate on this course (discount applied during registration). Not an Academy member? Choose the "Member Rate + Membership" option during registration to receive your discount rate. Academy Members receive discounts on courses, contests, and ticketed events, as well as an annual subscription to Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine.



Marja Mills is a journalist and bestselling author. She teaches and consults on writing projects.

Her memoir, The Mockingbird Next Door, was a New York Times bestseller. It tells the story of her friendship with Harper Lee and her sister Alice in their Alabama hometown. Mills was a news reporter and feature writer at...

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