Do you have a story you’re burning to tell? Have you been writing personal essays or keeping a journal of ideas and experiences that would make a terrific memoir? Whether you want to tell your story as a record for your family or if it’s a moving or funny personal story about food or life, this two-week workshop that combines general class time with one-on-one critiques and writing advice chats will guide you through turning those seeds of ideas and life anecdotes into a memoir. With the tools you learn in this course, you’ll leave with a collection of personal essays and the foundation, and hopefully, 10 plus pages of a memoir that you’ve started. Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, who wrote the international bestseller, A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family, is the perfect teacher to lead you on this journey of finding your own truth and sharing your story. This class is open to writers of all levels.
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is the author of the international bestsellers Sarong Party Girls and A Tiger In The Kitchen: A Memoir of Food & Family. New York Magazine named it one of the "Top 25 Must-Read Food Memoirs of All Time." She is the editor of the fiction anthology Singapore Noir and co-creator and co-editor of the new anthology Anonymous Sex. She was a staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, In Style magazine and the Baltimore Sun. Tiger tells the story of a year that she spent traveling from the United States, her adopted country, to her native Singapore, so she could reconnect with her family and learn about her family history and cultural identity by learning how to cook in the kitchens of her grandmother and aunties. Her stories and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, National Geographic, Foreign Policy, Marie Claire, Newsweek, Bloomberg Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, The (Portland) Oregonian, The (Topeka) Capital-Journal and The (Singapore) Straits Times among other places.