Writing About Food & Drink

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Rosie Schaap
June 12 to July 7, 2017
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4-Week Workshop

Sometimes a pastrami sandwich is just a pastrami sandwich. And sometimes a pastrami sandwich is a way of looking at the world: a lens through which to consider an idea, a problem, a relationship, perhaps even a social movement. When we write essays about food and drink, more than a meal or a cocktail should be at stake: we are also telling the stories of our lives, and the lives of others.

In this four-week workshop, you will write one short piece (400-600 words) and one longer essay (1000-1400 words), each with a meal, a dish, a drink, or another food memory at its heart; you will choose one of these to revise.


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Rosie Schaap is the author of the memoir, Drinking With Men, named one of the best books of 2013 by Bookpage, Flavorwire, Library Journal, and National Public Radio. From 2011-2017, she was the monthly “Drink” columnist for The New York Times Magazine, and she has also written for the newspaper’s book review, dining, sports, and travel sections. A contributor to the radio show This American Life, Schaap’s work has also appeared in Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, Marie Claire, Saveur, and Travel + Leisure, among other publications. Her personal essays have been published in anthologies including Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives, Me, My Hair, And I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession, and Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York. She is on the faculty of the MFA program in creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and is writing a book about whiskey.