Motherhood & Words

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.

But–and this is a huge but–I love it all. I leave my Monday night class at the Loft elated. What an amazing group of writers. They are both fiction and nonfiction writers, and each person brings a unique perspective to class. They are warm and funny and talented. And they work so hard–each week they come to class with new writing and different ways to approach their revisions. Last night I got home and was ready to dive into my own writing, but it was ten o’clock, and the girls get up early, so I opted instead for a glass of wine and a book in bed. (I just started Tracy Seeley’s new memoir My Ruby Slippers: The Road Back to Kansas, which I’m already loving. Seeley’s prose is absolutely gorgeous. I’ll post more about that in the coming weeks.)

This morning, I read some of the wonderful writing and dipped into the discussions of my online students–two groups of brilliant, thoughtful, talented mother writers. And I even snuck in some of my own writing. (Just a little, but it was something.)

So, the sun is shining. I wrote. I taught. Now I’m heading home to work on my current editing project. And maybe I’ll even have time for a walk today. We’ll see. We’ll see. 

How is everyone’s work going? What is inspiring you today?

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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. kristine on March 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    It's funny Kate, I'm feeling the same way about teaching now, tired out and inspired by how much of themselves our students put into their work. I'm also frustrated with the State of Minnesota and how little our decision-makers value teaching and learning. I worry that after all of these budget cuts we will end up stupid and cold instead of just cold. That grant you helped me edit might provide some student fellowship money – so thanks again for your insights. So grateful to be able to tap into your talents!

  2. finding words on March 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    How nice, Kate, to hear so much hope and contentment. I am so glad too you are enjoying your teaching. Very nice.

  3. finding words on March 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Kate, the last comment was from me Ines, just in case….

  4. Mummy mania on March 29, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Its so great to hear someone happy in their work. I battle daily with the exhaustion of childrearing and the desire to write – the former usually wins out unfortunately, but when I do get a blast of creative time, I come away on a high. AS a teacher it's lovely to see you are inspired as much as you inspire.. I wish I lived in the US! I would love to come to a class.

  5. kristenspina on March 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I'm inspired to create a better writing routine, though today was surprisingly productive. I love hearing your energy… pass some this way, please!!

  6. kate hopper on April 1, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Kristine, it was my pleasure, and I'll keep fingers crossed!

    Ines, thank you! I miss having you in class!

    Mummy mania, I'd love to have you in class sometime! And I know what you mean–it's such a challenge to juggle everything. (And you have 3!!)

    Kristen, you do the same thing for me!! Heading over to you blog now.