2 spots available in the first fall session

By Kate / September 4, 2012 / Comments Off on 2 spots available in the first fall session

I have two last-minute openings in my online fall Motherhood & Words class, which begins Sept. 12. This is how it works: Each week we’ll cover a chapter or two from Use Your Words, which grew out of this online class. Students will have a chance to comment on the lecture, and we’ll have an…

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teacher pride

By Kate / March 31, 2012 /

I love teaching. I know I’ve written that very sentence here before, and I know I’ll write it again. Putting it down here reminds me that the classroom is my passion, that my students have changed my life, that their words have the power to change other people’s lives, as well. This is what I’m…

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Faith’s Lodge

By Kate / February 24, 2012 /

I’m here again at Faith’s Lodge for the 3rd annual Motherhood & Words Retreat, and I already know it’s going to be another amazing weekend. Last night, as we waited for everyone to arrive, we sat in the Great Room with plates of cheese and glasses of wine, unwinding, letting the comfort and beauty and…

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Last-minute opening for retreat!

By Kate / February 16, 2012 / Comments Off on Last-minute opening for retreat!

One of my lovely students can’t make it to the Motherhood & Words retreat next weekend, so I have one opening! Please click here for more details, and e-mail me if you are interested: katehopper [at] msn [dot] com. It’s an amazing weekend with a wonderful group of mother writers!

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Motherhood & Words Retreat!

By Kate / December 19, 2011 / Comments Off on Motherhood & Words Retreat!

First, I’m sorry for the technical difficulties. I’m trying to get to the bottom of that. Second, I’m sorry for my silence the last week or so. Still trying to figure out how to fit everything into life, but I’ve been so tired that I’ve let my 5 a.m. wake-ups slide. I’m getting back to…

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a new home!

By Kate / October 29, 2011 /

For almost five years, I have been blogging under the name “Mother Words.” I have also taught classes, led retreats, coordinated an annual reading, and mentored other women writers under that name. It’s time for a change. It’s been a hellish year in which I lost ten pounds and gained ten pounds (inevitable, I guess).…

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By Kate / October 5, 2011 /

I love my class at the Loft, which started last week. What an amazing group of women! I love teaching online, but there is nothing like being in a physical space with a group of mother writers. I leave class elated and inspired. Thank you, ladies! Also, I wanted to let you know that the…

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kudos and upcoming classes

By Kate / June 17, 2011 /

I finally feel like I can breathe again since finishing my manuscript. I hadn’t realized how much energy that last push had taken. In the last two weeks I knew I needed to turn my attention back to the work I had ignored in May, but I just couldn’t do it. I kept sneaking back…

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free creative nonfiction workshop

By Kate / May 3, 2011 /

I’ll be teaching a free two-hour Introduction to Creative Nonfiction workshop in conjunction with The Loft Literary Center at the Prior Lake Library on May 12th as part of Scott County Libraries’ Inkslingers: Writers in the Libraries program. Come try your hand at creative nonfiction. We’ll be discussing the basics of creative nonfiction, doing a few writing exercises,…

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inspiration and work

By Kate / March 29, 2011 /

I am currently teaching three classes–two online Mother Words classes and a prose revision class at the Loft–and I’m busy, especially when you add the girls and Stella’s spring break last week and writing and editing and family and friends (well, you get the picture). There isn’t enough time in the day to keep up.…

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