(New!) Writing Through Motherhood
January 24 - March 20$395
Writing Through Motherhood helps mothers maintain, establish, or re-establish their writing practices (and writerly identities) through a time of significant change. In weekly meetings that are part writer’s group, part mothers’ group, participants gather to support each other as writers and mothers, and to explore the ways those roles inform, challenge, and fortify one another.
Over the course of our eight online meetings, through reading, writing, and discussion via video conference, participants will:
- Examine and debunk some common cultural narratives about who writers are, what they need to be creative and productive, what they write (and don’t write) about, and how motherhood intersects with these;
- Gain a toolbox of writing and time-management strategies that respond to both the unique creativity and sensitivity of new parenthood and to very real changes in schedules, sleep patterns, and lives at-large;
- Set writing goals, and hold themselves (and each other) accountable to meeting those goals;
- Design a flexible, sustainable writing practice that responds to their changing lives, and that will carry them through this period and beyond;
- Use writing to process and understand their experiences of parenthood;
- Receive and contribute to the support of a community of writers and mothers—a community with the potential to continue and thrive after the workshop ends.
The course is active and available 24/7 in our secure online classroom for conversation, sharing resources, posting class assignments and materials and engaging with fellow participants. Weekly video meetings with the instructor take place every Thursday night.
- Duration: Eight weeks
- Dates: Thursday, January 24, 2019 – Wednesday, March 20, 2019
- Live Video Meeting: Every Thursday from 8:30 p.m. EST – 10:00 p.m. EST.
Instructor: Keri Bertino
Keri teaches in the MFA Writing program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. For eight years, she directed the Writing Center at Baruch College, CUNY, supporting both student and professional writers, and has taught fiction, nonfiction, poetry, humor, journalism, academic writing, and professional development for teachers at Columbia University, Baruch College, The Cooper Union, New York City Public Schools, Baltimore City Public Schools, and in many other settings. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and Fametracker, and she is completing her first novel. She holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia, and a BA from Vassar College. She lives in Brooklyn, NY where she teaches Writing through Motherhood workshops and is a mom to Sullivan and Willa.