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IWW Practice-W Exercise Archives
Exercise: A Matter of Taste


These exercises were written by IWW members and administrators to provide structured practice opportunities for its members. You are welcome to use them for practice as well. Please mention that you found them at the Internet Writers Workshop (http://www.internetwritingworkshop.org/).

Prepared by Kathy Highcove
Posted on: August 7, 2016

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In 4oo words or less, create a scene in which someone has agreed to prepare
a special dish for a special occasion, even though he/she has little or no
experience with the recipe. Your narrative should explain -- through
dialogue and/or back story who will be doing the cooking, and how they
found themselves on the hot seat. Season your story with descriptive words
and phrases that evoke the senses. And, finally, allow your readers a taste
the end result. Sweet or sour?

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In every culture or community, large or small, traditional dishes are
prepared for special occasions. Have you ever anticipated a special entree
at a family reunion, a wedding ceremony, a birthday party, a national
holiday, a religious festival, or a sporting event? Perhaps these personal
experiences, or misadventures, will inspire a savory tale.

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In 4oo words or less, create a scene in which someone has agreed to prepare
a special dish for a special occasion, even though he/she has little or no
experience with the recipe. Your narrative should explain -- through
dialogue and/or back story who will be doing the cooking, and how they
found themselves on the hot seat. Season your story with descriptive words
and phrases that evoke the senses. And, finally, allow your readers a taste
the end result. Sweet or sour?

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Your critique: Did you feel concern or confidence in the cooks abilities?
Why or why not? Could you smell, feel and taste the spices and ingredients
used in the recipe? Were you able to visualize the final result? Was the
culinary creation a hit or a miss? How could you tell?


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