Motherhood & Words

Things have been hard around here, which you’ve probably gathered from my last few posts. It’s amazing how easy it is not to think about money when you have it, and how it’s all you can think about when you don’t have it. Ah.

But things are looking up. I hope. I’ll keep you posted on that front when I know anything for sure. (Sorry to be so vague.)

For now, I’m trying to stay focused on the classes I’ll be teaching this winter and spring, and on my revision, which is moving along and with which I’m actually quite happy.

And I want to let you know about a two-hour workshop I’ll be teaching on November 14th. I’d be grateful if you’d pass the word. Here are the details:

Memoir for Mothers

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to capture your funny and heartbreaking motherhood anecdotes on paper and bring them to life with sensory details and strong characters. In addition to in-class writing, we will spend time discussing how to fit writing into your busy lives. You will leave the workshop with a page of exercises to try at home.

When: November 14 – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Where: Mother’s Day Inc., 521 Lake Drive, Chanhassen, MN

Cost: $32

For more information, visit Mother’s Day. To register, contact Mother’s Day at 952-937-8200 or

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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. Elizabeth on October 28, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    I wish that I lived closer to take some of your classes! Hope pots of gold are waiting for you soon!

  2. Lisa on October 28, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Glad to hear things are looking up. Wish I could make it to your workshop 🙁

  3. Louise Kinross on October 29, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Ditto to what Elizabeth said. The workshop sounds fabulous.

    I always enjoy hearing from you, and about your book. Let us know what else is "looking up" when you can. Cheers, Louise

  4. kate hopper on October 29, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Thank you! I wish you could all be here, too!

  5. Spot On Your Pants on November 2, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Hello! My comment comes to you through the Mother's Day newsletter. What a great place. I'm a Minnesota blogger (and writer) too. Cool sites! Why do we need money? We should live in society where everyone barters.