ExpiredWhere we Belong: Writing about Food and Place

  • Where we Belong: Writing about Food and Place
    April 30, 2022
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

What does home mean to you? A kitchen, a coastline, an urban landscape? How does our sense of belonging shift and change over time? In this workshop we will examine the relationship between memory and belonging through writing about food and place. We will consider how ‘nature writing’ can encompass all kinds of writing about all kinds of landscapes – human and nonhuman, urban and rural, personal and communal – and writing and zinemaking as means of resistance and claiming space. In the second half of the workshop, participants will learn how to make their own mini zine.

This workshop is suitable for writers of all levels working in poetry or prose. You may choose to use the workshop exercises to focus on your chosen genre, or feel free to discard the limits of form.

We will read a range of extracts, both poetry and prose, that examine food, memory, migration and place, including Michelle Zauner, Rebecca May Johnson, Jennifer Wong, Annie Dillard, Larissa Pham and others.

Limit of 12 participants. Please fill out this form to apply for a scholarship

Please note: In the event that the workshop is unable to be held face-to-face the workshop will be offered in an online format. This will be on the same dates as advertised unless an alternative date is specified. Please note that the online offering of the workshop may be shorter – or in a slightly different format.

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286 Te Moana Road, Waikanae, Wellington, New Zealand


We use two spaces at the Waikanae Baptist Church, both are warm and naturally lit. The first is the ground floor meeting room, with a separate open plan dining area, with access to a garden area. If this is unavailable, we use the upstairs meeting room which a modern, well lit self-contained space.


The venue has a ramp to enter the building and an accessible toilet.
The dining area is a reasonable distance from the meeting room but food can be brought to a participant who is unable to walk there.
The upstairs room is only accessibly by stairs. Wherever possible, we use the ground floor option.

Getting there

Please drive around the back of the venue and enter through the left hand door. The meeting room is the first room on the left.


Refreshments are provided as part of the session. If you have any dietary requirements please mention these when you register.