Using Your Fifth Sense for Scent-sational Writing



Unlike our other senses, smell is wired to brain areas that govern mood and emotion, making smell a potent tool.

Most writers lack a strong vocabulary to describe smell. We'll look at handouts of the wine and fragrance wheels for inspiration to generate a smell lexicon.

I'll share examples of scent-sational writing to demonstrate how smell evokes a sense of place and expresses mood and character. A writing exercise will challenge attendees to use their new tools.

A guided exercise, based on therapeutic techniques of smell training, will help writers of memoir/personal essay unlock memories and deepens reader engagement.

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  • Stephanie Feuer

    Stephanie Feuer is a New York City-based writer and marketing executive. She's written about taste and smell for Smithsonian, Narratively, and on Medium, and has discussed anosmia on the BBC and several podcasts. Her article, “Why Covid-19 Patients Are Suffering From Distorted and Phantom Smells,” was one of Smithsonian Magazine’s...