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Linda Steele

Class Title: Story and Food: Create a Unique Personalized Recipe Collection
Instructor: Linda Steele
Class Term: October 1-October 29, 2018
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Synopsis

We all have favorite recipes. And we all love to share with our friends and family the foods we enjoy most. If you enjoy writing and would like to put together an organized collection of your favorite recipes then this class is for you.

The stories we share about food and family can serve as a basis for fruitful writing prompts. This is a fun, interactive course to guide participants in creating a personalized recipe collection of their own. The course will offer a unique model to create a personalized theme based recipe collection. Participants will choose recipes, personal anecdotes and other creative elements for their collection. As author of "Meet me in my Cape Cod Kitchen: recipes for Seaside Living" and "Linda's Hearth" and a long standing baker and writing teacher Ms. Steele will guide participants to their own finished product-a personalized recipe collection to share with friends and family.

Class Description

Participants will choose recipes they would like to include for their own collections prior to the class. Weekly writing prompts related to food, family, cooking and memory will complement the recipes chosen. The course will provide regular feedback and group discussion about the recipes chosen and the content of free writes.

The recipes we choose and return to often have wonderful stories and anecdotes surrounding those we hold as important to us from our grandmother's favorite to a crowd pleasing appetizer. As a class we will explore the stories we each have around our favorite recipes and gather them in a collection.

At the end of this class, students will be able to:

  • Share with other participants personal stories around their favorite food.
  • Gather a selection of their own recipes and pair that with personal anecdotes and memories about each recipe.
  • The option to create a coil bound printed version of each participant's recipe collection.
  • Personalized feedback and support from instructor.

Instruction/Communication Method: Recommended yet not a requirement to read and purchase Meet me in My Cape Cod Kitchen: Recipes for Seaside Living prior to course to get an idea of the stories shared around favorite recipes. Recipes will be chosen by each participant that they want to include in their own collection. Commitment throughout the course to participate in the free-write prompts related to recipes of their choosing.

The course will get started with a conference call for introductions and discussion of themes as well as a private Facebook group that will offer a space for ongoing discussion and writing and recipe feedback as the course develops.

Outline

  • Unit 1: Introductions, Brainstorming about theme of each participant's collection, organizing the recipes, Free-write. Syllabus provided with food related prompts to pair with recipes chosen.
  • Unit 2: Post comments on previous free-write, share a new recipe, free write based on prompt given related to the recipe chosen and open discussion about stories around recipe chosen.
  • Unit 3: Brainstorm and problem solve any items related to organizing and choosing of recipes. Post comments on previous free-write, share a new recipe, free write based on prompt given related to the recipe chosen and open discussion about food related stories.
  • Unit 4: Discussion on themes that are emerging between food and story. Post comments on previous free-write, share a new recipe, free write based on prompt given related to the recipe chosen and open discussion about food related stories.
  • Unit 5: Post comments on previous free-write, share a new recipe, free write based on prompt given related to the recipe chosen and open discussion about food related stories.
  • Unit 6: Organizing collection. Choosing cover art for collection. Students don't need a story to accompany every recipe. The themes will emerge and support will be provided about effective ways to organize.
Regardless of size of collection participants are encouraged to print and make copies of collection for friends and family or as a personal keepsake for themselves. Creating this in the fall works nice as a holiday gift idea.

Student Skills, Equipment, and Time Required

Computer, Word, Internet, email and access to printer or print service similar to Staples. The need for printer is only needed upon course completion. Ongoing email support is provided by instructor upon course completion if needed.

Time Commitment: 1 to 2 hours prior to start of class to choose the recipes you'd like to include in your collection from favorite food recipes to ones you borrowed from a magazine but use over and over. Firm commitment of one to two hours a week to participate in the food related writing prompts and share in the discussion.

Tuition/Fees for this course

SCN members: $192. Non-SCN members: $240.

Instructor Bio

Linda Steele lives on Cape Cod. She earned her Bachelor's degree from UCLA and her Master's Degree from University of Texas, Dallas. She teaches college courses in English Literature and Writing and workshops related to food and story. She is the author of Meet Me in My Cape Cod Kitchen: Recipes for Seaside Living and is passionate about inspiring others to write. Visit her website & her blog.

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