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Peanut Butter and the Pen: Creative Food Writing For Kids
18 Reasons
San Francisco, CA
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Peanut Butter and the Pen: Creative Food Writing For Kids
18 Reasons
Six-week Series: $105 ($17.50 per class)
Saturdays, 10:00-11:15AM: October 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16

This is "Take My Word For It!"'s third season working with young writers at 18 Reasons. Come use all five senses, as well as plates full of adjectives, metaphors, and similes, to learn how to bring food to life on paper. Together we'll explore the work of famous food writers, what different cultures eat, how to create food characters and more. Have fun sharing your work at the end of our session in a celebratory group reading.



Class is once a week for six weeks, starting October 12 and ending November 16.  Each class is 1 hour 15 minutes, from 10-11:15AM.  We will hold a reading for parents and friends at the final class of the session

Whole series: $105 ($17.50 per class)

Class content
Our focus will be on writing about many different aspects of food.  Here are the class topics we are going to tackle together (subject to change):

Be a food detective! Research the origins and interesting details about a certain food you're curious about and then tell us all about it in writing.

Hunger Among Us: After learning facts about hunger in the San Francisco community, write a letter to the Mayor recommending your original solution to the problem.

There's a Fly in My Soup! Create a funny (and mildly gross) story of a food mishap.

Family Recipes & Celebrations: Think of Christmas, Easter, Passover, Thanksgiving, 4th of July picnics, and big birthdays. What is usually the centerpiece of these celebrations? (FOOD!) What does it mean when something is a tradition in your family? We're going to write a detailed scene about a family celebration and its food!

About the instructor

Stephen Novotny is a poet and educator. He teaches English through the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison, co-curates the Hearts Desire reading series at the Bay Area Public School and prints letterpress chapbooks and ephemera through his poetry press. He recently received an MFRA from the University of San Francisco where he studied poetics.


18 Reasons (View)
3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States



Minimum Age: 8
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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