Writing Like a Parent, Parenting Like a Writer
"Taking care of ourselves, we give ourselves the energy and clarity to take care of our children." ~Julia Cameron
It can be hard to balance book babies with *actual* babies. How do creatives find the time and mental energy to continue artistic pursuits when parenting demands so much of both? How do we hold space in our lives for these dual identities of "writer" and "parent"? One way is to use tools from each identity to inform the other. We will explore how other writers and artists have dealt with this issue and talk about our own challenges as parenting writers/writing parents. Through writing exercises and discussion, we'll brainstorm fresh approaches to time management, staying inspired, re-aligning expectations, and being artistic role models for our kids.
NOTE: This class aims to create a safe space for parents of all stripes to share their stories and start writing new ones. With that in mind, we can accommodate new parents who wish to bring their infants, but unfortunately our space is not well-suited for toddlers or older children, as we won't have a childcare setup on site. We will also have a private room set aside for breastfeeding, pumping, etc. If you have questions regarding our accommodations, please contact Lauren Rheaume, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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