The Menu: It's a creative writing piece responding to a book you’ve published. You will take aspects of your book and creatively list those aspects as a teaser or as a way to promote your book.
I will give you examples of menus and craft instruction via email. You will use the craft instruction and examples of menus as guides to create and revise your menu throughout the course. You will send out your menu for your classmates to respond to and be informed by via “reply all.” I will respond to all menus via “reply all” also.
- Write menus.
- Revise menus.
- Respond to student menus.
- Apply student responses and my responses to their menus when revising them.
- Learn about and apply elements of craft to their menus.
- Create publishable menus.
The course will consist of lectures concerning elements of craft, such as revision, and writing assignments concerning their menus. The students and I will also respond to all student menus and discussion, that is, we’ll have an ongoing conversation.
Week 1, Class 1: Students will receive a lecture by me at the beginning of the week. It will deliver aspects of craft, technique, and give examples of menus 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, etc.; I will respond to all.
Week 2, Class 2: Students will receive a lecture by me concerning elements of craft, technique, examples of menus, and directions as to how to write 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, etc. I will respond to all. Drafts of their menus will be due at the end of the week, and at that point, we'll respond to all classmates' menus.
Week 3, Class 3: I'll send out another lecture offering more examples of menus, aspects of revision, aspects of technique and craft. Their revised menus are due at the end of the week. We will again all respond. They'll have the option to converse about anything concerning the class material, craft, technique, writing, concerns, questions, etc. I will respond to all.
Week 4: I'll send out another lecture offering more examples of menus, more discussion of revision for the last time and elements of craft and technique. Final drafts will be due at the end of the week, at which point all of us will respond. As always, they'll have the option to converse about anything concerning the class material, writing, concerns, technique, craft and questions, etc. I will respond to all.
*All along students will be able to write and share more than one menu in response to more than one book they’ve published; students can also write menus for finished manuscripts, etc.
3 hours per week
Student Skill Level:
Skill-sets required are the same level one needs to publish a book or complete a manuscript. Internet, Word, and email access will be necessary.
Tuition/Fees for this course
SCN members: $128. Non-SCN members: $160.
Katherine McCord has been published in nationally-recognized literary journals, such as AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW. She's published four books by selective presses, her last two books having won the Autumn House Open Book Award in Creative Nonfiction and a Hoffer Legacy Award.
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