Food is integral to every aspect of our lives, which also makes it a powerful tool that can do everything from propel world-building to unlock character in fiction. What are the ways in which hunger and magic can interact? What will futuristic technology change about the way we farm our crops and grow our meat? How can we use food to evoke culture and sensory detail, while also avoiding pitfalls of exoticization or Othering? Through a mix of short lectures, exercises, discussion, and excerpts from published work, we’ll try to figure out how to make readers keep coming back for more.

Workshop Details:

This class will be held online via Zoom. Students should plan to test their video and microphone in advance. Click here for more information about our Zoom policies.

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This workshop is available to anyone aged 18 or older for a $105 fee.

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We offer a limited number of scholarships for each class to Black and Indigenous writers and writers from other marginalized backgrounds on a first come, first served basis. Please email us at with a one-paragraph statement about your scholarship interest and/or need. Please include the name of the class you would like to apply the scholarship to.

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