Motherhood & Words

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 celebrating today: the power of my students to send their words out into the world and to change the world, reader by reader.

I am immensely proud of my two students, Mary Hill and Prinna Boudreau, who are both semi-finalists for the Notes & Words Essay Contest. There were 220 submissions, and I am glowing that they are among the top eighteen. Now, I have to ask you all to go read their stunning and raw pieces and “Like” them on Facebook. The essays that receive the most “likes” will move on to the final round of judging.

Click here for Prinna’s piece, “292 Days.”

Click here for Mary’s piece, “Gone.”

Congratulations to Mary and Prinna! I’m so proud of both of you!

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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 Comment

  1. Mary on April 12, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Thank you Kate!

    And, wanted to let you know that your book was delivered with all the held mail when I returned from vacation. I can’t wait to dive into it, hopefully tonight!