Class Title: Promoting Your Book: The Menu
Instructor: Katherine McCord
Class Term: March 18-April 16, 2019
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This Menu isn't a form, housing for an essay, or list of food you'd choose from to eat while reading your book--there are menus like that out there--this Menu is a literary reaction to your book, published or not, and/or other books that can be fun, playful, heartbreaking or a mix. It's the book's sustenance, an invitation for one to buy your book, be interested in your manuscript, or simply appreciate your Menu you've written for another book, etc. You and others could use it on any and all social media and publish it online via literary sites as a piece of literature that also, in the end, promotes your book or manuscript or appreciate other pieces of literature; for example, my Menu was published on ESSAY DAILY, linked with my book, to get it before potential buyers, but in a literary and fun way.
You will post your work for the class to respond to. I’ll respond too, and, trust me, we won’t have to have read the work you are responding to in order to appreciate your Menu. I believe, of course, we all are hungry for literature, and Menus can be an offshoot of this literature, inspiration, a reckoning with the magic of prose or poetry.
Instruction/Communication Method: I will use email to deliver lectures which they can respond to via "reply all." Students will need their manuscripts, books or other books to work from. They will send out their finished Menus for us to respond to via "reply all." Write a menu, as described, for their books, other books, manuscripts, chapbooks, novellas, etc., published or not
*All along students will be able to write and share more than one Menu in response to more than one book, manuscript, etc.
- Unit 1: Class 1: Students will receive a friendly lecture at the beginning of the week by me. It will give encouragement, offer discussion about aspects of craft and technique, and give examples and directions as to how to get started writing their Menus. They'll introduce themselves, as will I, and be able to ask and/or converse about anything concerning the class material, writing, concerns, craft, technique, questions, etc.; I will respond to all. Their Menus (very early drafts) will be due at the end of the week, and at that point we'll respond to all classmates' Menus.
- Unit 2: Class 2: Students will receive a friendly lecture by me. It will give encouragement, offer discussion about aspects of craft, technique, further discussion of revision, and give examples and directions as to how to continue writing their Menus. They may continue introducing themselves and will be able to ask and/or converse about anything concerning the class material, writing, concerns, craft, technique, questions, etc., which the students can and I will respond to. Their possibly revised or simply more fleshed-out Menus will be due at the end of the week, and at that point we'll respond to all classmates' Menus.
What makes writing funny and how do we approach a humorous essay? Students will read selected material and write a humorous essay with the help of writing prompts.
- Unit 3: Class 3: I'll send out another friendly and encouraging lecture, offer more examples of Menus, discuss revision further, aspects of technique and craft, and assign that their final drafts of their Menus are due at the end of the week. We will again respond. They'll have the option to introduce themselves further and be able to converse about anything concerning the class material, craft, technique, writing, concerns, questions, etc. I will respond to all.
- Unit 4: Class 3: I'll send out another friendly and encouraging lecture, offer more examples of Menus, discuss revision for the last time, and assign they revise their Menus how they see fit after we respond to them--or not, as their final drafts will be due at the end of the week. As always, they'll have the option to introduce themselves further and be able to converse about anything concerning the class material, writing, concerns, technique, craft and questions, etc. I will respond to all questions, etc.
Student Skills, Equipment, and Time Required
All levels, basic computer skills
Time Commitment: 3 hours per week
Tuition/Fees for this course
SCN members: $128. Non-SCN members: $160.
I have published several books, all done by selective presses, and won many awards, including the Autumn House Creative Nonfiction Prize, judged by Michael Martone, which meant they published my manuscript, Run Scream Unbury Save, I won a monetary award, and they gave me a publicity budget.
Praise for Katherine's Classes
- Interesting comments - very insightful - and Katherine McCord's response time was extraordinaire. —Joan C., Coeur d'Alene ID
- A really different form of poetry. Exciting and challenging. Pushes you to think outside the box. —Kathryn S., Cary NC
- Found poetry was relatively new to me before the course. I enjoyed the many possibilities, both literal and visual it offered. The option to utilize varied artistic skills made this class unique. Thanks. —Ariela Z., Ellsworth ME
- The most helpful and invigorating instruction I've ever received. —Letishia W., Norman OK