Motherhood & Words

I’m excited to announce that the dates have been set for the 2nd Annual Mother Words Retreat!

Join me for a weekend retreat for mother-writers. We’ll write, share our writing, discuss challenges with craft, and have time to connect with other mother writers in the luxury and quiet of Faith’s Lodge. Group meetings and individual conferences will help support you as you delve more deeply into your writing and learn to take risks on the page. Come immerse yourself in the writing life with other mothers who write.

Where: Faith’s Lodge, Wisconsin

When: Thursday, February 24 – Sunday, February 27, 2011

Faith’s Lodge is located on 80 picturesque acres in Northwestern Wisconsin near the town of Webster, less than a two-hour drive from the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, less than one hour from Duluth/Superior, and about four hours from Madison. The mission of Faith’s Lodge is to provide a place where parents and families facing the serious illness or loss of a child can retreat to reflect on the past, renew strength for the present, and build hope for the future.

But you need not have experienced the loss of a child to attend the retreat. The Mother Words Retreat is for all mother writers. (Part of the proceeds will benefit the children and families served by Faith’s Lodge.)

The Lodge has eight guest suites, which can accommodate up to 10 people for the Mother Words Retreat. Each guest suite features a private bath, fireplace, balcony/patio, flat screen TV, DVD player, small fridge, and coffee maker. Meals are included.

Cost: $650 for single room, $550 for shared room (separate beds)

To register: Please contact Evelyn Nyberg at or 715-866-8200.

Please contact me with questions about the retreat. You can read about last year’s retreat here and here. And see a few photos here.

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I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.


  1. unfinishedportraitofsam on June 23, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    this sounds wonderful. i find myself wishing you did mother-daughter workshops, too : )

  2. 6512 and growing on June 24, 2010 at 8:41 am

    So wish I could attend something like this.
    Maybe an e-course someday?

    Thanks for including me in your blogroll. I look forward to perusing your list of mama writers.

  3. Mary on June 26, 2010 at 1:54 am

    So exciting, and a full day longer – yay! Last year's retreat was the highlight of my year. The time to delve into a project was invaluable and the setting was perfect for reflection and writing. Ahh, wish I could commit now but it's too soon to know if I'll be back on track by then.

  4. Susan Ito on July 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    how awesome is that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!