WEEK 1: "Edible Memories: Food As a Metaphor & a Feast for Memory"
We'll enjoy five field trips down memory lane in our first week, looking for juicy, delicious morsels of writing inspiration. As we tell our food-related stories, we'll also explore food as a metaphor and a feast for memory—food that inspires, nourishes, seduces, and connects. From soul food to aphrodisiac food, from slow food to exotic delicacies, and from appetite to hunger, we'll discuss how food and our memories of food influence our lives and shape our experience of being human.
WEEK 2: "Passport to Memory: On Traveling the World & Voyaging to the Self"
A journey into the world is often a voyage into the self, the heart, and the essence of the human soul. Isn’t that why it's impossible to recall a trip you haven’t returned from unchanged? Our travel memories are more than reminiscences of road trips, vacations, and expeditions. Journeys can also be pathways to courage, mystery, exploration, understanding, hope, connection, and change. In our second week, we'll delve into our memories of travel while we also explore the inner quests those memories conjure up.
WEEK 3: "Reminiscentia: Things with Tales"
Reminiscentia is a Latin word that means "objects that induce reminiscence." In our third week, we'll go on a hunt for cherished memorabilia—objects that either hold tender, unforgettable memories or that work our imagination and unleash our power to tell stories. You'll be surprised to witness the kind of writing that unfolds when you write with such objects as your anchors.
WEEK 4: "Mother, Mother: Five Ways to Write About Your Mother or Yourself"
Is there any relationship more complicated than the one we have with our mothers as well as the one with our children? In our fourth week, we'll explore five different ways of writing about mothers and motherhood. Whether you're close to your mother, distant, or somewhere between, and whether you're a mother or not yourself, few other subjects offer as much opportunity to mine your experience for stories worth telling.
WEEK 5: "No Place Like Home: Stories of the Rooms Where Memories Were Made"
It's hard to find another subject that is as charged as “home,” and it's the theme for our fifth and final week. Home is never just an address, a building, or the sum of walls, doors, windows, and the pieces of furniture filling the space in between. Home is about shared memories that are loaded with emotion. Home is also a powerful metaphor and a rich writing topic that promises myriad different stories, each with a twist of its own and each holding the key to the person you are today.