Instructor: Helen Chandler
$90 Members | $100 Nonmembers
Saturdays, 1/27/24 – 3/16/24 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
“You’re a writer and a teacher and mama? All in one?!” – my son, when I told him what I do for a living.
This class is aimed at writers across all genres and in all stages of motherhood. Whether you are in the thick of raising small children or yours have flown the nest, you have probably felt, at some point, a tension between your two identities: writer and mother. Maybe you’re feeling depleted by the demands of caregiving and can’t make time for creativity. Or perhaps you’re feeling inspired by the highs and lows of motherhood and would like to explore that through writing. Each week for eight weeks, we will meet for an hour – we’ll discuss a short piece of writing on a theme, and then we’ll do some writing. I will offer prompts and readings in-class, and there won’t be any homework. By the end of the course, you will have eight new pieces of writing, even if they’re just starts, and a supply of reading material that will inspire you as you continue on your journey as a mother artist. With luck, you will also leave this course with a group of new writer friends who understand your very particular struggle.
In order to make this class as accessible to parents as possible, it will take place online over Zoom. However, if you are based in or near Charlottesville and would like to meet in person to discuss your writing, I will be available outside of class time for ‘office hours’ at Writer House.
*This term is used to include all who identify with it.
Helen Chandler is a writer from Ireland living in Charlottesville. She holds an MFA from the University of Virginia, where she taught fiction for two years and edited Meridian magazine. She is the author of the monthly newsletter Old Diaries, and her stories, essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, LitHub, Tammy, Passages North, and Meridian. She is at work on a nonfiction book about aunts.
The first section of this class starting Tues., Jan. 16 is full. A second section has been opened starting Sat., Jan 27.
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