Creative Writing: Begin with the Body

Chelsea Hodson, Writer

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12 Videos (42m)
    • Class Overview

    • Class Project Overview

    • Personal Experience - "Pity the Animal"

    • Discussion of Poem by Camonghne Felix

    • Discussion of Poem by Natalie Diaz

    • Discussion of Essay by Mary Ruefle

    • Discussion of Short Story by May-Lan Tan

    • Discussion of Short Story by Scott McClanahan

    • Personal Experience - "Second Row"

    • Class Project Instructions

    • Editing Demonstration

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

Often in creative nonfiction, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Which memory do you start with? How do you make sense of the stories you want to tell? These kinds of questions can be paralyzing, but this class, led by essayist Chelsea Hodson, discusses the possibility of using the body itself as a writing tool and a place to begin. Chelsea will discuss a few of her favorite examples of writing about the physical body—everything from poems to essays to short stories. She'll also demonstrate her editing process in real time and discuss her own experiences regarding writing without expectation. 

In under 45 minutes, this class can show you new ways to think about writing memoir and the Class Project can also help you overcome any writer’s block you’re experiencing. No prior knowledge is neededthe class is designed for task-motivated beginners, but will work just as well for more advanced writers. Let's get started!

24 of 24 students recommendSee All

This class has helped me so much! I´m actually going to an exam tomorrow and this has made me more confident. I definitely recommend this class! I really wanted to thank you so much, this has not only helped me to be prepared for tomorrow but also gave me a way to learn about myself better <3
Chelsea's lesson included some practical and inspirational starting points for writers who need a creative boost. Thanks for speaking to us about this!
One of the impressive things about Chelsea's course is her grounded advice. For example, watching her physically enact the process of moving from longhand, free writing notes in a notebook to creating an edited version on a computer was really helpful for me. Acting it out rather than just telling us gave it authority and simplicity. Thanks Chelsea!





Chelsea Hodson is a writer in Brooklyn, New York. Her chapbook, Pity the Animal, was lauded as one of the best books of 2014 by Flavorwire, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Bustle, Book Riot, and it was deemed a "cult classic" by Dazed & Confused Magazine. Time Out New York listed Hodson as one of "10 New York Authors to Read Right Now" and Dazed & Confused Magazine listed her as one of the "Top 10 American Writers You Need to Read This Year." She is also the author of the chapbook Beach Camp and the poetry ...

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