live. online. retreats
One of my favorite places is in a writing classroom (real and virtual). My goal as a writing teacher is to tap into students’ energy and help them make discoveries through language. I strive to establish a rigorous classroom environment that allows students to challenge themselves as writers and readers, to deepen their understanding of craft, and to support each other as members of a community dedicated to words.
I love witnessing the moment when writers find the true story in their essays, when they learn to keep digging until they’ve uncovered buried narrative threads, when they find the structure that best serves their stories. That kind of excitement and discovery brings me back to the classroom again and again.
Motherhood & Words® Online
January 19 – March 28, 2022 (10 ½ weeks)
Whether you are a new mom or a veteran, whether you gave birth to or adopted your child, in this online class you’ll learn how to take birth and motherhood stories and turn them into art. Weekly lectures, reading assignments and writing exercises will focus on telling details, character development, emotional distance, strengthening your reflective voice, and revision. (Use Your Words will be the primary text for the class.)
You can expect to begin at least five creative nonfiction pieces, and you will have an opportunity to revise and expand one of these into a longer piece. You will receive feedback from your peers and me on what emerges from weekly writing exercises. I will also read and comment on one longer piece (10 pages) and a revision of that same piece.
This class is open to writers of all ability levels! Join this online community of mothers who are interested in writing!
Cancellation policy: I know that sometimes things come up making it impossible to continue with a class, and I want to be as flexible and supportive as possible while still honoring the time it takes to deal with class prep and cancellations. If you cancel before class begins, you’ll receive full credit toward a future class. Once the class begins, a 75% credit will be given if cancelled during the first week; 50% if cancelled by week 3; after that, no credits given. Credit must be used within 12 months.
"I am grateful beyond words for the chance to write under Kate's guidance about mothering and grandmothering. I am ready to keep going, after thinking for sometime that I had nothing to say. Some workshops blow out the writing flame; Kate protected us all."
- Mary Scherf -
“It was in Kate’s Motherhood and Words class that I found the courage to call myself a writer. I found my voice, my words, and my tribe of writing friends and partners. In the 5 years since then I have been published in two anthologies, as an essayist for our local NPR station, in numerous online publications, and now as the writer and editor of our local neighborhood magazine. I can safely say this would not have happened without her class. There is something special about this class in particular, the focus on the shared aspects of mothering, and on who we are besides mothers.”
- Meagan Schultz
"Kate’s approach to teaching combines in-depth knowledge of craft with an intuitive understanding of the stories women need to write. She guides her students with wisdom, heart and a calm presence; her gentle nudges and encouragement have helped me grow as a writer and a person!"
- Angela Kasumova
Women’s Memoir at ModernWell (Minneapolis)
Currently in-person classes are suspended due to Covid-19
Writing is an act of discovery. Join an amazing group of writers and explore memoir, unearth hidden truths and learn to write to the heart of your stories. Weekly discussions, readings and writing exercises will focus on generating new work and deepening your understanding of craft. We’ll explore how to create complex, vibrant characters; bring your writing alive with scenes; strengthen your reflective voice; balance narration and reflection; and tackle revision. You will receive feedback from your peers and Kate on what emerges from weekly writing exercises. Kate will also critique one longer piece of writing (10 pages) and meet individually with each writer to go over her feedback. Join this amazing community of women writers and begin writing the stories you need to write.
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Is your group of writers interested in a generative writing retreat that balances group meetings and writing/reading discussion with plenty of writing time, tailored exercises and individual conferences? You can hire me to facilitate for your weekend or week-long retreat. Contact me form more information and we can connect about the needs of your group.
“I've been attending Kate's writing retreats for five years. No two are ever alike; just like no two of Kate's evocative writing prompts are alike. Every retreat, and every detailed prompt created for the retreat, is carefully constructed to allow a writer to access her truest words, her deepest soul writing. I've witnessed Kate encourage countless writers (including me!) to spin gold from their lived experience. Kate is more than an editor; Kate is a word alchemist.”
- Heidi Parton
“I have attended over a dozen of Kate’s writing retreats. Kate puts a lot of prep time into the writing retreats she leads. I am always in awe of her thoughtfulness and attention to detail. The essays and flash fiction she chooses for us to read—and the compelling prompts that accompany those readings—are crafted to inspire deep reflection, to challenge us to test new writing styles, and to encourage us to have fun! The retreat schedules are paced to allow plenty of private writing time, one-on-one consultations with Kate, safe space for personal sharing of writing based on the prompts, as well as time to socialize and relax.”
- Heidi Schneider
“Kate Hopper’s Motherhood and Words retreats transform me and my writing. At a large, lovely lodge with Kate and a dozen or so fellow writers for a long weekend, we study well-written pieces, receive several writing prompts a day, have stretches of time to work privately, and opportunities to share our work with Kate and the group. They carry me forward with so many fresh ideas and give me joy, knowing that I’m part of a sisterhood of writers who value each other’s commitment toward excellent writing.”
- Krista Westendorp