ready

I’m sitting in a small café in Winnetka, Illinois, with an hour to spare before my Motherhood & Words workshop at StoryStudio. It’s chilly outside, on this first day of fall, and I’m grateful for the hot coffee and steaming eggs in front of me. It’s been a quick, but full trip. Yesterday I was…

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time

The summer heat that browned the edges of our Hostas and killed our grass has suddenly disappeared, and the air is fresh, crisp, for the first time in months. It smells like new beginnings outside, which seems fitting because today is my first day home as part of my new truncated workweek. This morning, Aguita…

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2 spots available in the first fall session

I have two last-minute openings in my online fall Motherhood & Words class, which begins Sept. 12. This is how it works: Each week we’ll cover a chapter or two from Use Your Words, which grew out of this online class. Students will have a chance to comment on the lecture, and we’ll have an…

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loving the west

All of my stops in the Bay Area were fabulous. Thank you to all the gracious bookstore staff for welcoming me and making me feel at home. A special thank you to Judy at Towne Center Books in Pleasanton (for the homemade muffins and coffee and the book!) and to Jerry at Books, Inc. for…

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why the river teeth conference is the best writing conference out there

I spent the weekend of May 18-20 at the inaugural River Teeth Nonfiction Conference at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, and let me tell you: It was the best conference I’ve ever attended. Why? Well, I’ll tell you. Here are the Top Ten Reasons that the River Teeth Conference Rocks: 1. It’s small. (Seriously, have you…

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the tour and disappearing posts

Okay, I’m just logging in after a very crazy day to discover that my post yesterday about the wonderful Ivy League Insecurities has gone missing. What’s up with that? Aidan hosted day four of the Use Your Words virtual book tour. Aidan, I’m sorry my post disappeared! I’ll rewrite it if it doesn’t reappear tomorrow.…

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teacher pride

I love teaching. I know I’ve written that very sentence here before, and I know I’ll write it again. Putting it down here reminds me that the classroom is my passion, that my students have changed my life, that their words have the power to change other people’s lives, as well. This is what I’m…

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AWP Re-cap

I knew that February was going to be a whirlwind, and it was. But it was also a month that energized and inspired my writing and teaching. Between my Motherhood & Words retreat (Thank you, ladies, for your wonderful writing, your bravery, and your laughter!), and AWP (less than a week later), I’m ready to,…

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Faith’s Lodge

I’m here again at Faith’s Lodge for the 3rd annual Motherhood & Words Retreat, and I already know it’s going to be another amazing weekend. Last night, as we waited for everyone to arrive, we sat in the Great Room with plates of cheese and glasses of wine, unwinding, letting the comfort and beauty and…

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Mother Writers and the Hostile Reader

It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a class/workshop situation not heavily populated by mothers. Most of my classes, if not entirely made up of mother writers, are at least populated by a significant numbers of mothers. And that’s because that’s what I do: I help mothers write the stories they need to…

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