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Crystal King is the author of The Chef’s Secret and Feast of Sorrow, which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and was a Must Read for the MassBook Awards. She is an author, culinary enthusiast, and marketing expert. Her writing is fueled by a love of history and a passion for the food, language, and culture of Italy. She has taught classes in writing, creativity, and social media at GrubStreet and several universities, including Harvard Extension School and Boston University. A Pushcart Prize–nominated poet and former co-editor of the online literary arts journal Plum Ruby Review, Crystal received her MA in critical and creative thinking from UMass Boston, where she developed a series of exercises and writing prompts to help fiction writers in medias res. She resides in Boston. You can find her at

SESSION: Food Writing Across Genres

We live in a world of “foodie” culture, where culinary adventurers are looking for interesting new journeys for their taste buds. You can take advantage of this trend in your own writing, bringing food onto the page in compelling, descriptive ways that can evoke strong emotions in your readers, whether or not food is a central theme in your writing. Food is an important part of our lives—in our families, our friendships, our relationships, our religions, and even our politics. In this workshop you’ll see how the masters write about food and try your hand at developing your own delicious (or disgusting!) scenes. This session is appropriate for writers of all genres and explores work by Günter Grass, Charles M. Blow, Min Jin Lee, Ramin Ganeshram, Marjan Kamali, Jenna Blum, Charlie Holmberg, and others.