Honest to Goodness: Introduction to Writing the Food Memoir

Fundamentals Level // 5-Week Online Course

Honest to Goodness: Introduction to Writing the Food Memoir

September 07 - October 11

$260 if registered by 08/17/2020
$310 if registered after 08/17/2020

Your course registration includes a FREE 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction magazine (US residents only), or a free ebook; more details here.

Refund, discount, and cancellation policies


Instructor: Jessica Kehinde Ngo

No genre is more powerful at examining what nourishes and sustains us than the food memoir.

In this five-week intensive course, we will take inspiration from work in top-tier publications such as Bon Appétit, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. You will explore ways to incorporate food (both literally and symbolically) into your own writing, brainstorm food-inspired stories you want to tell, *spice* up your prose, and ultimately write and workshop a pair of personal essays in two distinct styles, using food as a vehicle for storytelling. The final week of the course will focus on best practices for submitting food memoir essays for publication.

Week 1: The Food Memoir: What is it?
Week 2: Description and the Food Memoir
Week 3: An Appetite for Metaphor
Week 4: Symbolism and the Food Memoir
Week 5: Revising and Publishing Food Memoirs

See the complete syllabus here »

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Refund, discount, and cancellation policies

By 5pm EST on the Monday before classes begin (one week prior to start date):

  • Students may request a refund (less a $50 application fee) or request a transfer to another course in the same term (no fee).

By 5pm EST on the Friday at the end of the first week of classes:

  • Students may transfer their enrollment credit to a future course (less a $95 processing fee for 10-week courses or a $75 processing fee for 5-week courses). Transfer credits must be applied within two years from your cancellation date.
  • Students may switch to another class in the same term (subject to availability) for a $25 fee.

No refunds or transfers will be offered after 5 pm on Friday of the first week of classes.

* Learn how to receive a "refer-a-friend" discount.


* US residents will receive a complimentary 1-year subscription to Creative Nonfiction magazine (4 issues) with their online course registration (or a year extension to their existing subscription). Students outside the US can receive a free copy of the ebook Creating Nonfiction: Lessons from the Voice of the Genre, or can choose to receive a 4-issue print subscription to Creative Nonfiction for the cost of shipping fees. We regret that we are not able to offer complimentary digital subscriptions for international students at this time.

If you are an international student who would like a print subscription, please click here to add the cost of shipping to your order total.