"There was a time, when I first found out I was pregnant with twins, that I saw only a state of conflict. When I looked at theater and parenthood, I saw only war, competing loyalties, and I thought my writing life was over....

 

"I found that life intruding on writing was in fact, life. And that, tempting as it may be for a writer who is also a parent, one must not think of life as an intrusion. At the end of the day, writing has very little to do with writing, and much to do with life. And life, by definition, is not an intrusion."

 

Sarah Ruhl, 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write

"There was a time, when I first found out I was pregnant with twins, that I saw only a state of conflict. When I looked at theater and parenthood, I saw only war, competing loyalties, and I thought my writing life was over....

 

"I found that life intruding on writing was in fact, life. And that, tempting as it may be for a writer who is also a parent, one must not think of life as an intrusion. At the end of the day, writing has very little to do with writing, and much to do with life. And life, by definition, is not an intrusion."

 

Sarah Ruhl, 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write

Winter 2019 Workshop
Brooklyn, NY
Fridays 1/11 - 3/8 from 10a-12p 
No meeting 2/22

Writing Through Motherhood is a different kind of writing workshop—one specifically designed to help 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 will gather (with their children, if they wish) 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 meetings, through reading, writing, and discussion, 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 workshop will be hosted in workshop leader Keri Bertino's Clinton Hill, Brooklyn apartment for eight weekly meetings, on Fridays 1/11-3/8 from 10a-12p, with a break on 2/22. The cost is $450. Childcare is available in-apartment and included in the cost.

 

Please see FAQs for further details.