Award-winning writer Sarah Barnett will teach The Language of Food: A Taste of Food Writing, from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 16 and 23, at the Lutheran Church of our Savior on Bay Vista Road, Rehoboth. Registration ends Tuesday, Sept. 17. The class, part of the fall lineup offered by the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild, is geared to writers of all genres and skill levels.
Whether one is writing a novel, short story, poem or memoir, food is a key element. So much drama happens around kitchen tables, and one can tell a great deal about people by peeking into their pantries or refrigerators. Some of the world's most memorable literature features brilliant writing about food.
In the three-week class, participants will examine some superb food writing found in poems, novels, stories and essays as inspiration to write about wonderful or disastrous meals or foods they, or their characters, love or dislike. Short exercises will whet participants’ appetites for writing a longer piece.
Barnett, an award-winning short story writer, has published both short stories and essays in Delaware Beach Life, Delmarva Review and other publications. She loves incorporating food elements into her work. Barnett has written a short memoir piece about trying to re-create a special chocolate cake from her childhood, and shortly after her daughter died, Barnett turned to food and the struggle to prepare her family's first Thanksgiving dinner since that loss as the way into an essay on grief.
The class is kept small so that all participants have time to share and discuss their writing. The cost is $135 for Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild members and $150 for nonmembers.