How can we authentically write the experience of occupying a human body? How do we create work that deconstructs societally imposed “norms” of both physicality and sexuality? This class will be an investigation of these questions and more, mainly approached through in-class and assigned writing prompts and exercises. We will read short excerpts from body-centered texts (fiction, memoir, and poetry) and use them to launch ourselves into generative work. We will also play with innovative physical approaches to the very act of writing. Bring your whole self to the page! All levels and genres welcome.
Lydia Peelle is the Whiting Award-winning author of the novel The Midnight Cool and the story collection Reasons For and Advantages of Breathing, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice book which received an honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a finalist for The Orion Book Prize. Peelle is also a recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, an O. Henry Prize, the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35" honor, and the Anahid Award for Armenian-American writers. She teaches on the faculty of the Mountain View Low Residency MFA program at SNHU.
Lydia was amazing. She instilled in us the fundamentals of writing and critiquing writing. We knew what to expect for each class but she still made each session unique and exciting.
Lydia was kind and thoughtful and gave wonderful insight.
Lydia is a great teacher - she uses innovative ways to show us how to use "tools" to keep moving our writing forward. When she demonstrates a tool, it is by having us use the tool, rather than just telling us about it.