Motherhood & Words

I’ve gotten caught up in a flurry of activity over the last week and a half. I signed with an agent for the autism and running memoir on which I’ve been collaborating the last few months. I’m very excited, but my week was swept up in talking about and tweaking the proposal, and I had very little time for anything else. Which is why I’ve been quiet here the last week. But I’m sure that’s okay with you since you probably heard from me more than you needed to during my blog book tour. Thank you, again, for following along and supporting all the wonderful bloggers who participated.

I have a couple of events coming up. In fact, I have one tonight. I’ll be reading with Lorna Landvik and poet Carol Allis at Common Good Books in St. Paul. If you’re local and can slip away from home, please join us tonight at 7 p.m. We’ll each be reading and then there will be time for Q & A and a discussion of motherhood & writing. Lorna and Carol are both so talented and warm and funny. So stop by if you can.

Then on Saturday, I’ll be in Chicago for two workshops. One is with a group of mothers — my peeps. And the other is at my favorite non-Loft center for writing, StoryStudio Chicago. I love teaching at StoryStudio, and I’m excited to be doing a three-hour workshop Saturday morning on writing the nonfiction book proposal. You can check out more about that here.

I’ll get back to author interviews and more regular posting here soon! Thank you, as always, for reading!

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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. Sue on November 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Congratulations on the agent. I look forward to reading that book as well. Enjoy Chicago- all sounds so great. Wish I were closer 🙂

    • Kate on November 14, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Thanks, Sue! And I know–it would be so wonderful if we could head out for a cup of coffee!

  2. Sara on November 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    And I’d like to go out to coffee with both of you!

    • Kate on November 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Sara, wouldn’t that be fun? Or maybe I just have to rope you into going to the same retreat!

  3. Sharon Rawlette on November 15, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Ooo, a new memoir! I’m eagerly waiting. 🙂

    • Kate on November 15, 2013 at 8:15 am

      Thank you, Sharon! Totally different kind of project for me, but I’m loving it.