writing a memoir

  1. Writing Situation: Your audience is this class—your fellow students and instructor (me). The genre is memoir. Your available means is an essay. Think carefully about the rhetorical opportunity or exigence– in many cases the rhetorical opportunity for memoir is to provoke readers to think about their own lives in specific ways.
  2. Assignment:
    Write a narrative essay which reflects* on an experience with food to explore the significance of special event and/or relationship(s) in your life. The keys to this assignment are to keep in mind “narrative” essay (a story from your life) and “significant.” Significant doesn’t mean life changing or the biggest thing that ever happened to you, but it does mean something more than simply memorable. Writing a memoir connect to food makes this easier because food and eating are so central to our culture.

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