It’s a book about living and loving and losing and being human through
all of it—thank you for helping me accept more of my own humanity.
I’ve often noticed how many readers recognize themselves in Mev Puleo’s words, say, from her letters and journals. I’m reminded of the French novelist Marcel Proust, who wrote: “In reality every reader is, while she is reading, the reader of her own self. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument which he offers to the reader to enable her to discern what, without this book, she could perhaps never have perceived in herself.”
In this on-line writing class, I invite you to read (or reread) and write off of stories, themes, and questions from The Book of Mev.
I hope that engagement with this particular text may give you insight and encouragement on a writing project you’re in the middle of or one you’ve long wanted to start. It could be a series of letters to someone, a blog, a long and rambling essay, a one-act play, a chapbook of poems about life in Wauwatosa. You know what is inside you calling for more attention.
We’ll explore topics like being present, community, accompaniment, faith, spirituality, the state of the world, the state of our soul, friends, mentors, teachers, creative arts (e.g., photography), travel, breakdowns, breakthroughs, solidarity, illness, celebrating, grieving, letting go, poetry, El Salvador, Palestine, Haiti, schools, gospels, letter-writing, gratitude, bearing witness, and much else.
Here are the specifics:
How Often: 8 weeks
Start and Stop: Monday 11 April-Monday 30 May
How Much: 60-75 minutes a week, more if you have the energy Read the rest of this entry »