Second Helping: How Food Improves Fiction | Newberry

Second Helping: How Food Improves Fiction

Led by Anca Szilágyi. One session. 9 am - 12 pm
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Saturday, November 21

9 am - 12 pm

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Seminar Description

Food wields tremendous power, in life and in fiction. In this one-day workshop, we’ll explore ways to use food to create mood, advance plot, develop characters, and enrich stories. We’ll read examples from Aimee Bender, Lydia Davis, Antonio Tabucchi, and Banana Yoshimoto, among others. Exercises will tackle particular craft elements (mood, plot, character, and theme), and students will leave class with a draft of a short-short story or a sketch for a longer piece.

One session. Registration – $85

Anca L. Szilágyi is the award-winning author of Daughters of the Air. Her writing has appeared in Gastronomica, Orion, and Lilith, among other publications. She has been teaching creative writing since 2010.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this seminar.

First Reading:

Registration Information

Online registration opens at 9 am (CDT) on Tuesday, September 1st.

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We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.