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Cullman Center Institute for Teachers: Writing Food: A Writing Workshop in Creative Non-Fiction




A wide range of literary genres is open to writers who are deeply curious about food and who find it a peerless– in fact, irresistible – window onto history, experience, and character. This seminar will be held in conjunction with “Lunch Hour: NYC,” a major exhibition of food-related items from the Library’s collections, and will examine the work of such influential culinary storytellers as MFK Fisher, Anthony Bourdain, and Laurie Colwin. We will also draw on contemporary voices from the online world and discuss the importance of culinary research in The New York Public Library and beyond. Throughout the week, participants will compose their own food histories, criticism, and reportage. 

Laura Shapiro is a food historian and the author of Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the CenturySomething from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America; and a biography, Julia Child. She is co-curator of the Library’s upcoming exhibition, “Lunch Hour: NYC.”


The deadline to apply to this year's seminars has passed. Please check back in the fall for our spring 2013 seminars. 

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  • Audience: Teachers, K-12 Educators

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