Motherhood & Words

day 4: ivy league insecurities

I’m thrilled that the lovely Aidan Donnelley Rowley agreed to be a part of the Use Your Words blog book tour. Today, the tour stops at her fabulous blog, Ivy League Insecurities. Aidan is brave and funny and smart. What more could you want? Oh right, she’s also a writer. Her novel, Life After Yes (which has been on my list forever—I promise I’ll get to it this summer, Aidan!) is the story of Quinn—a confused young Manhattan attorney who loses her father on that tragic September morning that changed everything. Now, at an existential crossroads in her life, Quinn must confront impossible questions about commitment and career, love and loss.

Thank you, Aidan! (And thanks for the cool graphic frame! I love it!)

And for Chicago/Milwaukee friends: I hope to see you out at Women and Children First in Chicago this Friday May 11th at 7:30 p.m. and at Boswell Books in Milwaukee on Saturday the 12th from 1-3 for a free Use Your Words workshop!

Go check it out. And try the exercise from Use Your Words for a chance to win the book and move on to the final round of the contest.

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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.