In this two-week course, you’ll read some springtime poetry and prose and experiment with practices designed to increase mindful engagement with natural landscapes and the more-than-human world around you, deepening your sensory and intuitive experiences of the natural environment. Then you’ll translate that experience into writing. These practices will be designed for those who want to write directly about the land in a variety of genres, as well as for writers who hope to develop richer, more realistic, and more meaningful settings for their creative work.
This course will include one Zoom meeting and one in-person “field day” meeting in a natural setting near Nashville. Participants from locations outside of Nashville are also welcome to register for this course, and will be able to participate in the field day virtually, in the natural setting of their choice.
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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!”