Motherhood & Words

fall motherhood & words class

Donny and I spent the last five days painting (or rather emptying, then taping, then painting, then taping more, then painting more, and finally reassembling) our kitchen and my office. It was grueling, but it’s done, and now my office looks like this:


And now I’m ready to dive back into writing and also gear up for my fall online Motherhood & Words class. There are still spots available, and I’d love to have you in class! Here are the details:

Motherhood & Words Online

Sept 30 – Dec 7  (10 1/2 weeks)

Whether you are a new mom or a veteran, whether you gave birth to or adopted your child, in this online class you’ll learn how to take birth and motherhood stories and turn them into art. Weekly lectures, reading assignments and writing exercises will focus on telling details, character development, emotional distance, strengthening your reflective voice, and revision. (Use Your Words will be the primary text for the class.) You can expect to generate two to three creative nonfiction pieces, and you will have an opportunity to revise and expand one of these into a longer piece. You will receive feedback from your peers and me on what emerges from weekly writing exercises. I will also read and comment on one longer piece (10 pages) and a revision of that same piece. This class is open to writers of all ability levels. Join this online community of mothers who are interested in writing about motherhood!


Click here for registration details.

What are you gearing up for this fall?

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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. Andrea on August 20, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Cute! Love your newly painted office. I predict lots of good books will come out of there.

    • Kate on August 24, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Thank you, Andrea! I certainly hope so!

  2. Nina on August 21, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Oh my god, I need an office. Or even just a great desk and a wall and shelf. I should be able to make that happen. Maybe will be a goal for this year!

    • Kate on August 24, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      You can totally make that happen, Nina! You must!