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New from our friend and fellow mother-writer Kate Hopper:

March 19 - May 21 (10 weeks)

Whether you are a new mom or a veteran, whether you gave birth to or adopted your child, in this online class you'll learn how to take birth and motherhood stories and turn them into art. Weekly lectures, reading assignments and writing exercises will focus on telling details, character development, emotional distance, strengthening your reflective voice, and revision. You can expect to generate two to three creative nonfiction pieces, and you will have an opportunity to revise and expand one of these into a longer piece. You will receive feedback from your peers and from the instructor through online workshops.

This class is open to writers of all ability levels! Join this online community of mothers who are interested in writing about motherhood!

Cost is $250. Class size is limited. Please contact katehopper [at] if you have any questions about the class or would like to register.

What students are saying about Kate's classes:

"Kate is warm, funny and full of great ideas to help writers of every level. I loved her organized syllabus, the breadth of the essays/passages she had us read outside of class, the free-flowing discussions, and the homework assignments that generated unexpected results in my own writing. Kate creates a classroom that encourages students to open up and share their stories, both in the form of conversation and the written word. I was truly delighted by Mother Words. My writing went deeper than I expected, and I felt really inspired by the quality of the work Kate helped me produce." –E

"Kate is a gifted and lively teacher, coach, and guide. She's got a knack for finding the creative threads in a piece, then helping students weave them together to create something beautiful. I always felt supported and encouraged in her class-which is why I took it three times!" –P

"Kate has a way of reading your writing for what it truly is and wants to become. In this way she infuses new excitement into your work and stretches you as a writer in new ways." –K

"Our classroom quickly became a community of mothers writing about every range of experience in motherhood, from infertility to SIDS. Kate's steady presence, her preparation of selected readings designed to prompt memory as well as writerly analysis, and her gentle critical responses to our work fostered an environment that nurtured creativity, experimentation, truth-telling. Several students were repeating the class for the third time, learning new approaches and diving deeper into their own stories of motherhood. Yes, Kate Hopper IS that good!" –G

About Kate:

Kate Hopper received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. She has been the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Costa Rica, a Gesell summer residency at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, and a 2008 MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. Her writing has appeared in Minnesota Parent, Preemie Magazine, Mamazine, MotherVerse, the StarTribune and She is completing her first book, a memoir about learning to live with uncertainty, which tells the story of her daughter's premature birth. She has taught at the University of Minnesota and Jack Pine Writers' Bloc and currently teaches at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. She writes about reading, writing, teaching and motherhood on her blog, Mother Words: Mothers Who Write.

For more information about Kate, visit

Shari MacDonald Strong is the editor of The Maternal Is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change and wrote the column Zen and the Art of Child Maintenance. Her essay, “On Wanting a Girl,” appears in the anthology, It’s a Girl, and she has been published in a number of publications, including Geez magazine. Shari worked as an editor and copywriter in the publishing industry for 15 years. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, photojournalist Craig Strong, and their children: grade-schooler Eugenia, born in Russia, and preschool sons Will and Mac, born via gestational surrogacy.

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