Telling Our 2020 Stories: Food Writing Workshop

Telling Our 2020 Stories

From the coronavirus pandemic to the Beirut blasts to the U.S. elections, this year has been intense. AANM wants to document your 2020 story, and help you tell it. It could be a personal essay about dealing with lockdown, a poem about Lebanon, perhaps a recipe for a dish that gave you comfort, or something else.

This November, artist-in-residence Zahir Janmohamed will give three online interactive writing workshops to help you complete your first draft. The first will focus on personal essay writing, the second on poetry and visual storytelling, and the final one on food writing! Each workshop will feature guest speakers from the metro Detroit area who are experts in their field. The workshops will conclude with an online public reading on Monday, Nov. 30 in which participants will be invited to share their work.

8 – 9:30 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 23, 2020
Workshop 3: Food Writing with Zahir Janmohamed + Guests Serena Maria Daniels, Brittany Hutson, Nargis Hakim Rahman & Fred Sareini

Online via Zoom
Free with RSVP

Learn about the basics of food writing, from writing about a restaurant you love, to telling a story about your life using your favorite dish. Facilitator Zahir Janmohamed will be joined by some of metro Detroit’s most accomplished food journalists discussing how they approach their craft.

If you have any questions, e-mail Kathryn Grabowski, Curator of Public Programs at kgrabowski@accesscommunity.org.

Other workshops in this series:

Nov. 9: Workshop 1: Personal Essay Writing with Zahir Janmohamed

Nov. 16: Workshop 2: Poetry & Visual Storytelling with Zahir Janmohamed + Guests Joumana Altallal & Razi Jafri


Serena Maria Daniels is the co-founder and head Chingona of Tostada Magazine. She is an award-winning journalist based in Detroit and specializes on the intersection of food, identity and culture.


Brittany Hutson is a Detroit-based freelance journalist whose work focuses on the movers and shakers of color who are disrupting the food industry, including chefs, activists, entrepreneurs and farmers. A native of New York with over a decade of experience, her work has appeared in Eater Detroit, Civil Eats, Eating Well, Bon Appetit, and a variety of other local and national publications.


Nargis Hakim Rahman is a Bangladeshi American Muslim writer who is passionate about community journalism in the Detroit area. Her work has appeared in NPR, Huffington Post, Haute Hijab, Eater, Tostada MagazineThe Muslim Observer, Brown Girl Magazine and more.


Fred Sareini is the founder of a hugely popular Instagram account in which he guides people on “what the halal to eat.”


Zahir Janmohamed is a Zell Writing fellow at the University of Michigan where he received his MFA in creative writing and earned awards for his fiction, nonfiction, poetry and playwriting. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Guernica, and many other publications. He is also the co-founder of the James Beard nominated food podcast Racist Sandwich.


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  • November 23, 2020 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • 8:00 pm