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Food Writing: A Framework for Understanding the World

Today, food is a major theme of American culture, and in recent years writing on food topics has become a significant literary genre unto itself. But what is food writing anyway? For writers, food is a frame you can use to explore almost any subject that interests you. Food can be a very humanizing way into tough subjects like politics, religion, gender, and identity. Food can provide inspiration for moving personal essays, entertaining humor pieces, or education about health and how to cook. Thinking broadly about food writing can result in fresh works that go beyond the common food writing tropes. In this workshop, we’ll look at several major categories of food writing and advance skills through a combination of instruction, readings, writing assignments, class discussions, and group writing workshops. We'll look at different ways to share your food writing with the world, from blogs to writing for major publications.

Joy Manning is the editor of Edible Philly, and the co-host of the Local Mouthful podcast. Her writing has appeared in the Best Food writing book series and has served as Philadelphia Magazine’s restaurant critic. She is the author of Stuff Every Cook Should KnowAlmost Meatless, and the recipe editor for Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking. She lives in South Philadelphia with her husband. You can read many of her articles here

Mondays 6-9pm. 6-12 students, A Novel Idea Bookstore, 1726 East Passyunk Ave

$400 (Financial aid is available)

To apply, send an email to with a short summary of your writing experience and a sample of 2-4 pages of poetry or prose (corresponding to genre you’re applying in). To apply for financial aid, please also fill out this form

Deadline to apply: December 17, 11:59pm