Cover Photo: In this photograph, a woman's head is covered in gauzy fabric. The only thing in focus is her hand, which pushes against the fabric, illuminated by a soft backlight.
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Writing the Senses: Touch

In this five-part column, Hannah Howard explores the senses from a craft perspective

When in doubt, start with the five senses

When in doubt, start with touch.


You can approach writing about any situation by beginning with the senses.

Hannah Howard is the author of the memoir Feast: True Love in and Out of the Kitchen and the forthcoming book Plenty: A Memoir of Food and Family. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the Bennington Writing Seminars. Hannah writes for SELF, New York Magazine, and, and lives in New York City.