In this class, we'll read and discuss the works of writers who engage unabashedly with their sense of delight--in the natural world, in their relationships, in their own bodies. We'll consider why work that approaches delight is sometimes considered "less serious" by writers, and do some exercises designed to help us discover ways in which we may block ourselves from experiencing delight. Then, we'll practice getting in touch with the things that delight us, and writing about them in fresh, original, and unapologetic ways.
Melissa Jean is an Assistant Professor in the Mindfulness Studies masters’ program at Lesley University. She teaches courses in academic writing, creative writing, research methods, and mindfulness and the environment. She received an MFA in Fiction Writing from Lesley, and a PhD in Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science and Management from Utah State University. Her writing has appeared in The Colorado Review and a variety of online journals, including most recently Junoesq, The Hopper, Waxing and Waning, and Causeway Lit.
“Melissa is a wonderful teacher. She uses a variety of interesting materials to make connections, and I felt the class was structured in a thoughtful manner.”
“It was a pleasure having an offering as unique as this class. To study writing in the context of nature and mindfulness is just what I needed, in these crazy times.”
“I’ve loved all of the Porch classes I’ve taken so far. Y’all do an excellent job designing and delivering content. I’m always surprised by how much I grow as a writer, as a human, after taking a class. Melissa was a wonderful facilitator. Wise, grounded, compassionate. I felt very comfortable speaking my mind and my heart. Having taken this class, I’ve developed a more mindful approach to writing and observing Nature. And, to my surprise and delight, I’ve discovered a deep desire to learn more about fungus. Melissa’s instruction was a real gift. Thank you!”