The Making of a Magazine (Scribendi Part II)
Seminar - UHON 401

Instructor(s): Amaris Ketcham

Course Description

Scribendi is a high-quality publication of art and literature, sponsored by the Western Regional Honors Council and UNM’s Honors College. Produced completely by honors students, Scribendi publishes creative work by undergraduate honors students in more than 850 national colleges and universities. The first half of our yearlong process is designed to train students who have committed themselves to the immensely rewarding experience of producing our publication. Functioning largely as an educational internship in small publication production, this course provides hands-on experience in proofreading, copyediting, typography, magazine design and layout, professional desktop publishing software, fundraising, marketing and distribution, as well as small press management. Students should understand this is a two-semester commitment, spanning both fall and spring semesters.

To apply to be a student and staff member in Scribendi, fill out the form on our Submittable page here


Same as fall.


Students will be required to come to each meeting prepared and ready to work on producing and distributing the latest edition of Scribendi. Students will need to complete various copyediting, production, and management tasks throughout the semester. Each student is expected to practice timely communication, complete work reports, and hold office hours. Students will submit a final reflection paper and portfolio of 10-15 pages at the end of the semester.

About the Instructor(s): Amaris Ketcham

Amaris Feland Ketcham is an honorary Kentucky Colonel who spends her time with open space, white space, CMYK, emanata, long trails, f-stops, line breaks, and several Adobe programs running simultaneously. Her books include A Poetic Inventory of the Sandia Mountains, Glitches in the FBI, Best Tent Camping: New Mexico, and Unfiltered: A Cancer Year Diary. In addition to teaching the ins and outs of literary publishing, she teaches nonfiction and poetry comics, narrative journalism, handmade books and zines, and creative placemaking.