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Second Helping: How Food Improves Your Fiction [Anca Szilagyi]

Food wields tremendous power, in life and in fiction. We’ll explore this idea, using 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, and students will leave class with several scenes and either a short-short story or a sketch for a longer work. Students should read Aimee Bender’s story “Marzipan” before class via the New York Times: