Monday and Tuesday, June 9 – 10, 6 – 8 p.m.
Workshop Leader: Suzi Banks Baum
Registration: $150; $140 before June 1; register online here or mail in your check.
When you think of your experience as a mother—whether you’re in the thick of it now or remembering those jam-packed years, what comes to mind? Do you recall how often you stood at the kitchen sink trying to remember to remember a thought you had while stirring the soup? Women, young and old, tell me that their mothering years were the busiest—and often the loneliest—times of their lives. Behind the non-stop pressures of parenting, it’s common for mothers to barely notice our own experiences, put on the back burner for the sake of moving the family along.
What stories would you tell if you took your mothering experiences off the back burner and examined them in the warm light of a supportive writing workshop for women? By turning attention toward your inner life, toward the heated compression that happens in the heart of every mother, creativity surges up. One audience member at Out of the Mouths of Babes heard “fresh language from authentic sources,” and that is what we’ll be aiming to produce in Writing Motherhood.
Experienced writers interested in focusing on the hot topic of mothering as well as new writers eager to learn important skills to build a regular writing practice are welcome. Please bring a journal and pen, along with an open mind. We will write together and share our work with each other. Homework will be assigned in the first session.
Suzi Banks Baum is a mom. Filtered through the prism of motherhood, her writing life, her artistic life and her social media consulting are fueled by the discovery of her creative voice found in the midst of mothering. Suzi’s website, Laundry Line Divine is a hub for her own writing and features over 50 other women’s voices in the Out of the Mouths of Babes series on mothering and creativity. She has been a guest blogger at Studio Mothers, Mother Writer Mentor, the Museum of Motherhood and the Story of Mum. Her first book, An Anthology of Babes: 36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice includes writing and art of a community dedicated to expressing a woman’s experience from inside motherhood. During March, Suzi produced the event “Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others” for the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers along with sharing new writing for the Motherhood Out Loud production with WAM Theatre and at the Courage Community Collaboration at the Rockwell Museum. She frequently offers writing workshops called The Powder Keg Sessions, which have been called “yoga for writers.”