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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Our Secret Selves: Exploring Mother-Daughter Relationships

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  • $150.00 Non-Member
  • $130.00 Member

Class Description

Our mothers are our first homes, and that’s why we’re always trying to return to them.

-Michele Filgate

Whether you are a mother, a daughter, or both—whether you have not considered these roles to be integral parts of your identity or whether they define you (or have been used to define you), there is no denying the rich and complex history of mother-daughter relationships. Through prompts given every half hour, this six-hour, highly-generative class will seek to help participants give language to some of what we so often leave unsaid. We will read short selections by Gloria Anzaldúa, Sheila Heti, and Jamaica Kincaid before delving into a longer piece by Jennifer Lunden. Participants can expect to leave with at least one finished draft and to receive instructor feedback and a suggested reading list.

Scholarships Format/Location

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.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!