A Restorative Mini-Retreat for Writing Mamas
With authors Christina Baker Kline and Deborah Siegel of SheWrites.com
Saturday, May 21, 9:30am – 3:30 pm at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West (near the 2/3, F, Q, B)
What do you need to turn your writing dream into a reality?
You spend your days taking care of other people’s needs. This May, give yourself a Mother’s Day gift of time and space for contemplation and creativity. Think of it as a spa treatment for your mind.
Maybe you’ve kept a private journal and dream of starting a blog. Maybe you have an idea for a memoir. Or maybe you just want to start writing and don’t yet know the form. Chances are, if you’re a mother and trying to write, your greatest obstacle is time. Whether you’re at the idea stage or further along, we’ll help you get to the next level not only in your writing, but in your writing life.
Christina and Deborah are two professional writing mamas who believe that writing is vital—even when it has to happen in the crevices of our lives. In this beautiful setting we’ll combine strategies for how to fit writing into your everyday life with concrete exercises and feedback designed to get your creative juices flowing. We’ll provide a stimulating and pampering combination of workshops, group conversations with other writer-mothers, one-on-one consultations, inspiring writing prompts, and Q&As. You’ll leave at the end of the day with fresh ideas and insights, pages of new writing, concrete goals for your writing and your life – and a sense of community, something no writing mama should be without.
This day-long gift-to-self includes a delicious lunch, healthy snacks, caffeine (and caffeine-free) drinks … and of course – chocolate! Cost: $175 ($195 after May 1). Space is limited. Register early to save a spot!
Deborah Siegel, PhD (left) is an expert on gender, politics, and the unfinished business of feminism across generations. She is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild, co-editor of the literary anthologyOnly Child, founder of the group blog Girl w/Pen, co-founder of the webjournal The Scholar & Feminist Online, and Founding Partner of SheWrites.com. Her writings on women, feminism, contemporary families, sex, and popular culture have appeared in venues including The Washington Post, The Guardian, Slate’s The Big Money, The Huffington Post, The American Prospect, More, Ms., Psychology Today, and The Mothers Movement Online.
Deborah received her doctorate in English and American Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been a Visiting Scholar at both Barnard College and the University of Michigan. She is currently a Fellow at the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership and a member of the Women’s Media Center Progressive Women’s Voice project and serves on the Board of the Council on Contemporary Families.
A mother to boy-girl twins, Deborah recently launched a new “social” writing project through which she’ll be building community and debate around the gendering of childhood as she works on her own writing on these themes. Follow her thoughts, currently housed at The Pink and Blue Diaries and Twitter, and check out her regular column at She Writes, in which she also tackles issues of work/life, motherhood, and the writing life.
And you know me – Christina. My bio is on this site! If you have questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.