The MenuWith Katherine McCord. Starting
The Menu. It’s not food that you would choose from to eat while reading a certain novel, etc. It’s more of a literary reaction to aspects of the creative work, yours or another’s (You can even use an author’s oeuvre to respond to, write a menu for), and your “reaction” is a list, in the shape of a menu. I haven’t seen many, all of four, that is, so I’ll provide you with all four, one being mine. Each week you will take a piece of literature of your choosing, approved by me, or a piece you have written, knowing that the menu you will write for it can be a separate publishable piece, or even a way to promote your book, your writing, for your website, or just for the world. I’ll teach craft and technique alongside. You will share 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, literature themselves, inspiration, a reckoning with the magic of prose or poetry.
Module One – Students will receive a friendly lecture at the beginning of the week by me. In it I will give encouragement, offer discussion about aspects of craft and technique, and give an example of a Menu and directions as to how to get started writing their Menus.
Module Two – Students will receive a friendly lecture by me. In it I will give encouragement; offer discussion about new aspects of craft, technique and revision; and give an example of a Menu and directions as to how to continue writing their Menus and/or revise them.
Module Three – I’ll share another friendly and encouraging lecture, offer another example of a Menu, discuss revision further and new aspects of technique and craft.
Module Four – I’ll send out another friendly and encouraging lecture, offer another example of a Menu and discuss new aspects of technique, craft and revision for the last time.
*All along students will be able to write and share more than one Menu in response to more than one book, manuscript, etc.
Suitable for advanced writers.
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