Workshops & Lectures


Jennifer Cognard-Black is available for workshops, short courses, and lectures on topics related to food literature, creative writing, women's studies, and visual thinking. Examples include the following, although Cognard-Black will develop other topics upon request.

Pricing for all speaking and teaching engagements is negotiable. Lectures are for one to two hours. Workshops and short courses can last three hours to two weeks.


Comments from Iowa Writers’ House Edible Essays Workshop Participants:

“The workshop was amazing, intense, and worthwhile.”

 “The teacher was incredibly warm. She was wonderful. The students were also a particularly strong group of people in terms of critique, openness, and friendliness.”

 “The most positive element of the workshop for me was the sense of community that I felt almost immediately, from the house itself, the instructor, and my fellow writers.”

Sample Workshops and Short Courses

Edible Essays: Adventures in Food Writing

Shakespeare™:  Branding the Bard on Stage, in the Store, and on the Menu

The Lie that Tells the Truth: Writing Short Fiction

The I's Have It: Writing the Personal Essay

Word + Image: Visual Thinking for Bibliophiles

Woman Words: Novels and Poetry, Essays and Recipes by Women Writers

Sample Lectures


Kitchen Wisdom: Recipes as Memory, Culture, Power

Consuming Fictions: Teaching Writing through the Literatures of Food

The Short Story Character, or Who You Are in the Dark

Flesh Wounds: Plastic Surgery as Cultural Metaphor

Visual Vampirism: Integrating Visual Thinking into the Literature Classroom

The (Im)Possibility of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Colleges and Universities