Motherhood & Words

I have to post links to two wonderful essays:

I love Victoria Patterson’s “Writer Duck,” up now at Literary Mama. (It was also the first essay I worked on as a Literary Mama editor, so, well, there’s that.)

And then this wonderful short-short, “July 3rd,” by one of my lovely students just won honorable mention in MinnPost’s Short-Short contest. I swell with pride. Way to go, A.D.!

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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 January 13, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Wow. I've read the "July 3" essay and it just blew me away. I'm off to Literary Mama —

  2. Mummy mania on January 14, 2010 at 4:50 am

    July 3rd is incredible. so shocking and sad…. and well written – may your pride be justified!