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Mother Words Writing Class offered by LM’s Kate Hopper

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Course: Mother Words

When: Tuesdays, 1-3 pm, September 15 - December 8 (12 weeks, no class Nov. 24)

Where: The Loft Literary Center, Open Book, Minneapolis, MN

Course description:

Whether you are a new mom or a veteran, whether you gave birth to or adopted your child, in this class you’ll learn how to take birth and motherhood stories and turn them into art. We’ll talk about the use of humor and explore ways to capture funny motherhood anecdotes on paper. We’ll also discuss and write about the heartbreak and loss that are part of motherhood. Weekly writing exercises will focus on telling details, character development, and strengthening your reflective voice. You can expect to generate two to three creative nonfiction pieces. The instructor will provide feedback on up to 10 pages of student writing (typed and double-spaced) in addition to pieces shared and workshopped in class. Course packets will be available for a copy fee on the first day of class.

Instructor: Kate Hopper is Literary Reflections co-editor for Literary Mama. Her writing has appeared in Literary Mama, Mamazine, Minnesota Parent, MotherVerse, nytimes.com, Preemie Magazine, the Minneapolis StarTribune, and is forthcoming in Brevity. Kate is a former Fulbright Scholar and an award-winning instructor who has taught creative writing for eight years.

Cost: Sliding scale. Visit The Loft for more information.

Registration: Visit The Loft to register. Contact Kate with questions.


Christina Marie Speed writes poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including Caper Journal, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune Online, and The View From Here. She lives with her husband and two sons in a sunny fourth-floor walkup in Brooklyn, New York.


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