Online: Zoom

Writing Motherhood

4 Fridays from 4:00pm-7:00pm (EST), starting August 19th.
Online: Zoom
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Level: Introductory
Adult (18+)
13 seats max

Motherhood changes us, and all of us in different ways: it can affect our roles in society and our families, our sense of time and priorities, our bodies, and even our writing. Becoming a parent and beginning to care for a child is a creative practice, yet we may find it difficult to find the time, or the motivation, to put pen to paper during the labor that is mothering. This workshop is for writers who have become mothers (self-defined), or mothers who need to write. In this four-week class, we will read and discuss texts on the topic of motherhood from a diversity of perspectives, and explore and interrogate our own relationship with motherhood through our writing.

Each week we will explore a topic such as pregnancy/expectancy, what we learned (or didn’t learn) from our own mothers, the labor of motherhood, and more. We will read texts pertaining to the topic across literary disciplines and from many different perspectives, from authors such as Toni Morrison, Sylvia Plath, bell hooks and Maxine Hong Kingston. You will also be given 2-3 prompts each week to spur your own writing. You will receive feedback from the instructor and the rest of the class on at least one piece of writing, as well as conversations about your work and informal feedback throughout.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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Aimee Suzara
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • In-Class Writing
  • Instructor Feedback
  • Workshop
  • Revision Assignments
  • Reading Homework
  • Writing Homework


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

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