On 20 March, 2020, Ms Jessica Acuña held a food writing workshop as part of the newly launched creative writing project, which consists of a series of four workshops and a campus-wide creative writing competition. In response to the COVD-19 outbreak, the workshop was conducted via Zoom to ensure the health and safety of students and staff.
As an experienced food reader and writer herself, Ms Acuña guided the participants to approach the genre and its nuances with passion and an open mind. Some of these topics can also be seen in her course, ELTU3415 English through Food. In the one-hour workshop, participants had the opportunity to explore the features of sensory food writing stories and try their hand at some creative exercises to facilitate their relationship with food. Ms Acuña ended the session by sharing writing tips to help students excel in the craft. Workshop attendees were also given the opportunity to submit a more refined version of their work for individual feedback. The audience was not only composed of undergraduate and graduate students from a range of faculties, but it also consisted teaching and research staff. In response to the positive student feedback and to keep up with the high demand for creative writing activities on campus, the EAC project team is excited to continue offering more workshops in the future.