Deep Feast: Writing the World through Food (Seattle 2012)

Seattle, Washington
Saturday, March 10, 2012

Deep Feast: Writing the World through Food (Seattle 2012)
Saturday, March 10, 2012 10:30 AM - 5:15 PM (Pacific Time)

The Lodge at Camp Long
5200 35th Ave. SW
Seattle, Washington
United States

if you want to:

  • find your voice & rhythm in writing about food
  • expand your vision of what culinary writing is & can be
  • unearth your inimitable, one-of-a-kind point-of-view
  • stop dissing yourself ("I'm just a food writer")
  • clarify your unique qualifications & authority
  • use your own singular experiences  
  • discover (& start telling, & writing) your own stories*
then join your colleagues and

for the 2nd** Annual Seattle
DEEP FEAST: Writing the World through Food,
an exuberant, experiential six hour class
that will add depth, breadth, joy, ease, & originality
to your culinary writing
($95 for first 10 registrants; $125 until March 5; after, if space is available, $175)

optional potluck to follow

Saturday, March 10, 2012, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Lodge at Camp Long
Seattle, Washington

*including those stories you didn't even know you had; finding 'em's a major in-class-and-then-out-of-it thrill

** to learn about the 1st Annual Deep Feast Seattle like, click here, & read Greg Atkinson 's blog.

Find your story, clarify your voice, and discover new aspects of writing about food, eating, cooking, and all that pertain to them (just about everything) in this experiential, ultra-interactive, high-energy six-hour writing workshop.

You'll work, and play, with James Beard Award-winning Crescent Dragonwagon, a celebrated cook, genre-bending author, and dynamic, unpretentious workshop leader and mentor. The atmosphere? Both collegial and congenial, fun, sometimes surprisingly moving. You'll discover new things about the writing process, yourself, and culinary writing with every stir. You'll gain new respect for all three, as well as for your colleagues: being with others as they make their discoveries and breakthroughs is inspiring and, in the best way, infectious. 


Food is more than nourishment and pleasure, just as recipes are more than ingredients and techniques.

What portion of that huge "more" do we choose to write about? Our choices are as vast as our stories and voices are unique.

Hunger is a language that unites all creatures. How we feed our hungers is rooted in every portion of life: agriculture and environment, ethnicity and class, community and family, abundance and famine, health and disease, religion and ritual, ethics and economics, morality and movement, imagination and immigration, disaster and delight. Few things are more eternal and laden with history as food is; yet, equally few are as immediate, present-tense, and fleeting (as Julia Child said, "If a great meal is evanescent, well, so is the ballet.") .

More and more people are becoming aware of how food connects (and sometimes divides) us, in part through movements like locavorism, Slow Food, and organics/eco-agriculture. This fascination means more and more people want to write about food, and why, at the very same time, the boundaries between culinary writing and other forms will continue to blur. Food, with or without recipes, finds it way into fiction and non-fiction, memoir, mystery, children's literature and almost every other genre.


With ever more writers, bloggers and photographers who focus on food as such, those who seek their own distinctive voice in culinary writing must discover what larger food story or stories they want to tell --- stories that go beyond food per se; stories that they and only they can tell.

Some stories, a writer knows he or she wants to or must tell. But others remain undreamt of, just below the surface, and the writer will find them only by digging -- and writing.

Is what calls you to food-writing personal or sensual, historical or ecological, national or regional? Is there such a thing as fast food food-writing? If so, what is it, and is it necessarily a bad thing? 

Are you ready to tell the stories you know, and access the ones you have, but don't know you have?

Do you want to translate thought to written words with more clarity and less clunkiness? 

Has it been too long since you felt truly revved-up and excited about what you do?

Has the shaky economy shaken your confidence?

Food, food writing, and Deep Feast can all do two seemingly contradictory things: both steady and reinvigorate you.

How do you find out what a particular dish, restaurant, market, garden, taste, experience has to tell you, and, perhaps, through you, your readers? Do you write small and close-up, or vast?

We'll touch on all these things and more, as we each, separately and together, using techniques and practices that will surprise you, to find our individual ways to answer the question how do we write the world through food? Write to the world and about the world, through food? And, perhaps, even right a world where so much is wrong --- again, through food?

Through interactive discussion and lecture, a touch of improv, storytelling, and most of all,  through directed one-of-a-kind writing practices, Crescent Dragonwagon will help you reconsider your own larger food-writing journey.

Like all travel, it's a journey full of surprises, rooted in discovery, connection. It's a deep feast.


Contact Information

  • Phone: 802-869-2696 (landline); 802-259-1159 (cell)
    (please place DEEP FEAST in subject line)

Payment Instructions

  • Register online
  • Visa, MasterCharge, & American Express accepted
  • Earlybird price $95 (for first 10 registrants)
  • Registration includes 6 hours of class: writing, discussion, improv, reading
  • hand-outs, and links to more resources, included
  • $175 at the door (if space is available; cash or check only)

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