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Creative Writing Workshop on Food Writing

The Creative Writing Project Team warmly welcomed Mr Abdulwahab Tahhan to the team starting from Term 2 of the 2020-21 academic year. Mr Tahhan lent his creative expertise to conduct a one hour online food writing workshop on 5 March 2021 as part of the new series this term. The workshop was open to everyone on campus to continue the initiative to build a dynamic creative writing at CUHK. Participants experienced food writing in all dimensions – taste, scent, texture, sound, sight, emotion, and memory – as they were directed through hands-on writing exercises that involved real-life sensory experiences with food. Mr Tahhan covered the broad basics of writing about food and gustation, including the allusion to the five senses, types of food writing, and inspirational prompts and techniques. Participants experienced a range of interactive writing activities and learned to write captivating food prose based on vivid and luscious imagery and strong sensations. Mr Tahhan was praised for his enthusiastic and passionate demeanor, and his share of experiences and anecdotes stimulated students to think about food in a non-conventional way. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and inspiring, and the team is happy to see participants leaving the workshop motivated to write some pieces of their own.