You are what you eat: migration, food and story

Dr Jordan Savage (University of Essex)

The aim of this creative writing workshop is to think about how the sensory experience of food creates a shared space: a way of understanding one another’s stories, however different they might be. We will look at three passages from American novelist Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, in which food is used to explore different migrant cultures on the frontier in the USA.

Thinking about migration, nostalgia, and home, we will discuss connections between our own identities and food narratives, and use these to do some creative writing, which could be fiction or memoir, shared or kept private.

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