(You remember which senses I mean, right? Let’s review:
Then I saw individual boxes of Kellogg’s Corn Pops at the cereal station. Perfect! They would trigger childhood memories, make us laugh, or inspire rants about their sticky sugariness. I could use them to discuss food writing techniques like metaphor and simile, and powerful action verbs.
To warm up the crowd, I quoted from an email I got from Ann Haigh about analogies and metaphors found in high school essays:
- She grew on him like she was a colony of E. Coli, and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.
- She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.
- The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.
And then the participants set to work.
The results delighted me. That’s what always happens. Those who read their work wrote sensuously, with humor, emotion and evocative scenes from childhood and family life. (See examples in the comments on my earlier post on sensuous writing.)
What’s the secret to unleashing your creativity during writing exercises? My short video about writing exercises explains.
Try it for yourself (not necessarily with Corn Pops), and enter Will Write for Food’s 150-word sensuous writing contest. Deadline is Saturday at midnight.
And for a student’s eye-view of this class, see this post by Dianasaur Dishes.
(Thanks to Owen Rubin the photos of Brooke, Matt and Garrett; to Matt Armendariz for the photo of Jaden: and to Diane Eblin for the video.)