Katherine McCord

Class Title: Found Poetry to Found Prose
Instructor: Katherine McCord
Class Term:
We are not accepting any more enrollments for Katherine's class; the class has started.


The Story of Women's Lives can often be found through Found Prose and Poetry. Also, in the same sense, sometimes breaking from traditional approaches to writing informs the more standard kinds of writing. Next, it's release and play (say, even, creating from clay) that can allow one to go back to a novel or story she is writing with vigor if vigor has been lost. Finally, Found Poetry is a bonafide genre you may want to explore more, take up, or continue creating after class is over. This class will explore all those aspects.

Class Description

We'll look at Concreteness, Tone, Lineation and Dramatic Shape to help inform our Found Poems that we'll create, Erasure, Blackout, Cento, Cut-up, Free Form, and the crossing to Book Art.

At the end of this class, students will be able to: Create a Cento, Erasure, Blackout, Cut-up, Free Form and piece that crosses, also, to Book Art. Students will understand the beginnings of Concreteness, Tone, Lineation and Dramatic Shape and how these Creative Writing elements help them create poems and prose.

Instruction/Communication Method: Even though students will take part in group participation, etc., we will do this through email. There are no specific materials except what the students can easily access around the house or on their own for free or minimal cost—newspapers, magazines, old books and current, etc.


  • Unit 1: Introductions, Lecture on Concreteness, Erasure
  • Unit 2: Lecture on Tone, Blackout
  • Unit 3: Lecture on Lineation, Cento
  • Unit 4: Lecture on Dramatic Shape, Cut Up
  • Unit 5: Lecture on Dramatic Shape, Free Form, Crossing to Book Art
  • Unit 6: Lecture on Dramatic Shape, Final Projects

Student Skills, Equipment, and Time Required

We will use email and any kind of cameras, such as the cell phone, to take pictures of our work and send pictures through email. If any other camera is used, the student will need to be able to the transfer the pictures to email.

Time Commitment: It will depend on the student, but I'd say 4?

Tuition/Fees for this course

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

Instructor Bio

Katherine McCord's two books of poetry are Island and Living Room. Her third book, My CIA, is a memoir that was named a top ten 'Great' book of 2012 by R.A.L.P.H. and added to their ongoing list of Great Nonfiction. It won a Baker Artist Award; was showcased on Maryland Public Television's An Artworks Special; and was featured through an art installation co-produced by MICA's MFA in Curatorial Practice, December 2013. Katherine has published widely in literary journals such as APR. She has an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Creative Writing. Her most recent book is Run Scream Unbury Save which won the Autumn House Open Book Award in Creative Nonfiction, judged by Michael Martone.