EmilyWrite in all five senses, they say. Include three sensory cues in every scene, they say.

But just how do writers do that with scent? Are there best practices for incorporating scent imagery in writing without making the attempt seem obvious, overwrought and amateurish? Are there examples of great writing that stinks right off the page?

This website aims to teach writers how to harness the subtle and transformative use of scent in writing.

Do you have a favorite use of scent in literature? You can type it out or take a picture of the book you’re reading and send it to emilygrosvenor [at] gmail.com.

The Scent in Literature Project launched in 2014 as part of the blog Pioneer Perfume, as a way for memoirist Emily Grosvenor to explore how scent is used effectively in writing. In May of 2016 it got its own website, where readers can contribute their own favorite uses of scent across all genres. It is intended a s a way to encourage writers to use scent cues and imagery effectively in the written word.