Writing Motherhood


Arthur Lewin-Funke (German, Niedersedlitz, near Dresden 1866–1937 Berlin)

Arthur Lewin-Funke (German, Niedersedlitz, near Dresden 1866–1937 Berlin)

This workshop will explore the various ways that the experience of mothering (in any of its forms) intersects with the poem on the page and the artistic act of creating. As a subject, writing about parenting and/or our children brings up questions of vulnerability, exposure, confession, and permission, while formally, the poetics of motherhood encompasses craft elements like voice and narrative as well as forms such as odes, elegies, or epistolary poems.

Writing from a variety of contemporary American poets including Camille Dungy, Sharon Olds, Rita Dove, Sun Yung Shin, Sarah Manguso, and Rachel Zucker will bookend our discussions of subject and craft.

All levels are welcome, as are mothers with grown or young children.

Teaching Artist: Rachel Moritz
Four Weeks Online / $225