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Olfactory Memoirs


Olfactory Memoirs challenges both emerging and experienced writers to reconstruct childhood memories through the sense of smell. 

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Olfactory Memoirs


Olfactory Memoirs challenges both emerging and experienced writers to reconstruct childhood memories through the sense of smell. 

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The Project


The sense of smell can be a powerful trigger, evoking seemingly forgotten memories. Olfactory Memoirs begins as a series of writing workshops, in which participants use the sense of smell as an entry point to explore childhood memories through creative writing.  The project culminates in a series of spoken word performances orchestrated to coincide with scent compositions made by artist, Brian Goeltzenleuchter. 

The Project


The sense of smell can be a powerful trigger, evoking seemingly forgotten memories. Olfactory Memoirs begins as a series of writing workshops, in which participants use the sense of smell as an entry point to explore childhood memories through creative writing.  The project culminates in a series of spoken word performances orchestrated to coincide with scent compositions made by artist, Brian Goeltzenleuchter. 

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The Workshop


Writing workshops are led by San Diego-based writer and writing provocateur, Judy Reeves. The workshops are offered to communities throughout the San Diego region, and facilitated by the non-profit literary arts center, San Diego Writers, Ink. Online prompts and video tutorials extend the offer to participants outside of the region.

View upcoming workshops→ 

PARTICIPATE ONLINE

The Workshop


Writing workshops are led by San Diego-based writer and writing provocateur, Judy Reeves. The workshops are offered to communities throughout the San Diego region, and facilitated by the non-profit literary arts center, San Diego Writers, Ink. Online prompts and video tutorials extend the offer to participants outside of the region.

View upcoming workshops→ 

PARTICIPATE ONLINE

The Performance


Performances of Olfactory Memoirs will debut in 2017. Beginning with the all-inclusive theme of “childhood,” we present audiences with a range of narratives designed to resonate in collective memory and expand the complexity and diversity of what it means to "grow up." The springboard for each writer's narrative is an olfactory memory that deeply evokes some childhood memory. Select members of the writing workshops will read from their childhood memoirs while scent narratives are transmitted throughout the space using new technologies. These olfactory landscapes (“scent-scapes”) are narrative compositions in their own right, and are intended to add a sensory dimension to the performance by connecting audiences more deeply to the narrative texts read on stage. 

The Performance


Performances of Olfactory Memoirs will debut in 2017. Beginning with the all-inclusive theme of “childhood,” we present audiences with a range of narratives designed to resonate in collective memory and expand the complexity and diversity of what it means to "grow up." The springboard for each writer's narrative is an olfactory memory that deeply evokes some childhood memory. Select members of the writing workshops will read from their childhood memoirs while scent narratives are transmitted throughout the space using new technologies. These olfactory landscapes (“scent-scapes”) are narrative compositions in their own right, and are intended to add a sensory dimension to the performance by connecting audiences more deeply to the narrative texts read on stage. 

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The Archive


This website is interactive, and you are warmly invited to submit your own scent memory. Over time, this site will become a participatory archive that collects and publishes writings about scent memories. The website will function as a searchable database for those interested in studying childhood and/or olfactory memories. Please share this site and tell others about it! 

Submit your own scent memory→ 
Browse the archive of scent memories→ 

The Archive


This website is interactive, and you are warmly invited to submit your own scent memory. Over time, this site will become a participatory archive that collects and publishes writings about scent memories. The website will function as a searchable database for those interested in studying childhood and/or olfactory memories. Please share this site and tell others about it! 

Submit your own scent memory→ 
Browse the archive of scent memories→