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

Writing Motherhood: Two-Part Essay Workshop

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  • $150.00 Non-Member
  • $130.00 Member

Class Description

This two-part class is designed to help writers engage in the creative process and work on writing a piece of nonfiction regarding the experience of motherhood. The class will focus on the mothering relationship as an integral part of the human experience. We will have the space and structure for you to explore your unique voice and perspective as well as gather tools for developing your writing further. Participants will find it helpful to have read in advance Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.

The writer's experience of motherhood--mothering or being mothered--will serve as the source and subject for at least one completed essay. Participants will bring with them a draft in any stage and use that to begin. Each of the two workshops will fine-tune and build upon the writing, revision, and polishing process. We will read our work aloud and offer constructive feedback to others in a supportive environment, enriching our own creative process in turn. Participants will also learn where to submit their work for possible publication, and, if all are interested, create a collaborative blog to provide an additional audience for that work.

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. 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!

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!