IN PERSON Mothers' Writes
TUESDAYS,6 weeks| BEGINS January 16, 2024 | 7-9pm MT
Instructor: Victoria Bailey
MEMBER PRICE: $270.00 (with member coupon AWCSM25)
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $360.00
ignite a desire for creative connection and expression
Fiction focusing on the theme of mothers and motherhood is a growing field. From Rachel Yoder’s Nightbitch (Knopf Canada, 2021), to Jessamine Chan’s The School For Good Mothers (Simon & Schuster, 2022), Claire Oshetsky’s Chouette (Ecco, 2021) and Elena Ferrante’s The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2008 with a movie directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, 2021), these texts exemplify a broadening and challenging representation of mothers, mothering and motherhood in fiction.
Becoming a mother can also ignite a desire for creative connection and expression, as well as creative outlets for processing new experiences. Mother writing groups are also growing, for example, “Notes from the Motherfield” (https://korepress.org/notes-live-2), “Motherscope,” (https://www.motherscope.com/), “Scribente Maternum” (https://www.scribentematernum.com/) , and “Writer Mother Monster” (https://writermothermonster.com/).
This course focuses on creating a safe space for mother writers to create and share (at their discretion) their creative writing, writing ideas or projects, and/or writing goals, in a supportive community. Participants can write about their mothering experiences, mothers, mothering and motherhood, or simply identify as a mother writer who wants to write creatively outside of this topic area altogether.
This is an in person class held at the Alexandra Writers Centre Society.
Victoria Bailey has recently completed a Creative Writing PhD by practice program. She has a graduate certificate in Creative Writing, as well as certificates in Desktop Publishing and Technical Writing. Her writing has been included in a wide variety of anthologies, magazines and journals. She has taught in post-secondary settings and provided feedback on writing in a variety of capacities. Along with Dr. Andrea O’Reilly and Dr. Fiona Joy Green, Victoria is co-editor of the anthology Coming Into Being: Mothers on Finding and Realizing Feminism (Demeter Press, June 2023).