Interview with author John Birdsall on food writing

“Memoir Has to Risk Something,” says John Birdsall
August 30, 2016 by diannejacob


Q. What can you tell people who want to write personal essays who are terrified?

A. Find the small shift in a situation and try writing about that with focus. Momentous things in your experience are almost always impossible to write about. It’s easier to write about small gestures that reveal a bigger story, a single dish or an afternoon that reveal character or the truth of a situation. Write about almost anything with enough detail and it’s going to be interesting.

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