Motherhood & Words

I love the latest Literary Reflections essay, up now at Literary Mama. “A Work in Progress” is about learning to balance motherhood and writing, and about the author’s realization that becoming a mother did not squelch her need/desire to write. Jennifer Itell is lovely. She teaches creative writing at the University of Denver and is at work on a series of short stories about motherhood. Check out “A Work in Progress.”

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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. Alex on April 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks for introducing my to Literary Mama! And yes, motherhood may have HEIGHTENED my need to write. (But not really given me enough reasonable time for it 😉

  2. Alexis on April 15, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Loved that essay. Related to that essay. Decided to increase writing efforts after reading that essay.
    Many thanks xx

  3. Kaethe on April 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Great essay! Thanks for posting, Kate. It's so nice to read an essay at a moment when you feel in exactly the same place as the author. It feels like therapy. But more aesthetically pleasing. 🙂

  4. kate hopper on April 16, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Alex, I'm so glad you know about Literary Mama now! It's such a wonderful site!

    Alexis, write away!

    Kaethe, I love this: "It feels like therapy. But more aesthetically pleasing."