Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Writing about mothers, mothering & motherhood

The Loft Literary Center is offering a class for anyone who wants to write about mothers—what a rich topic to mine for ideas! Below is the description. It sounds amazing! The class is held every Tuesday evening, for 12 weeks, beginning Sept. 15. You can sign up here.

"Whether singing or scolding, adoring or smothering, mothers make great material for writers. As children we may see them as mysterious, godlike beings who bake cookies and never sleep; as adults, we may have to learn how to see them as actual humans, real people with their own histories, flaws, and eccentricities. At times, they may be resented, quietly tolerated, or loved to the point of melodrama, as in Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “To My Mother.” This class draws from our own memories, experiences, and relationships with Mom in order to create works of creative nonfiction—including personal essay, memoir, and short shorts (flash creative nonfiction)—dedicated to exploring and expressing the vast world of Mother (including surrogate mothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, or whoever you call “Mom”). Through in-class writing exercises, group sharing, workshopping, readings, and discussion of craft issues, we’ll capture the essence of what makes each mother–child experience unique though entirely universal."

Alisa, Sarah & the women of Blooma

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