Drawing on the markets, restaurants, and ethnic neighborhoods of Paris, students in this creative writing workshop will explore the intersection between food and culture. We will consider the classic culinary traditions of Paris (and provincial France) that have shaped the way Parisians have eaten for centuries, as well as recent influences of the diverse immigrant groups making the city their home today. Students will write in a variety of genres from essay and memoir, exploring the way place shapes their thoughts on food, to literary journalism, profiling the people, places, and ingredients representative of the Paris food scene today.
Arrival in Paris: Sunday, May 27, 2018
Departure from Paris: Saturday, June 23, 2018
In this creative writing seminar where the culture and rituals around food, cooking, and eating will be considered from market to table, students will be asked to immerse themselves in a variety of writing tasks. These will range from food memoir and essay to journalistic profiles and reviews. Drawing on the city of Paris, its deeply rooted culinary traditions, and the diverse groups of immigrants that have made the city their home, students will write daily, bringing their own reflections and experiences with food into their work as they mine the rich culture that surrounds them. The works of noted food writers, both past and present, will be used as models for student writing.
Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services.
Four separate costs are billed to Agora:
- Tuition (3-credit tuition was $2,508)
- GeoBlue international health insurance $50
- Program fee ($2,200)
- Enrollment fee ($45)
Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to Paris and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals are included below.
Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities.
Housing & Meals
Students will be housed in dormitory-style residence halls across from the Jardin du Luxembourg during their time in Paris. Some group meals will be included in the cost of the program, but students should budget for the majority of their food costs.
Cultural activities provided by the program include visiting both historic food-related venues in the city, as well as contemporary ones. The following site visits are included as part of the program:
- Tours of local open-air markets, cheese affineurs, and boulangeries across the city
- Culinary seminar and cheese, bread, and chocolate tasting with a local food writer and cheese expert.
- Tour of a fromagerie producing Brie outside of Paris
- Day of cooking in a commercial kitchen
- Tour of the Goutte D'Or neighborhood where North African and sub-Saharian specialties are produced
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Paris, as well as making their way from the airport to the orientation location.
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