Exploring Parenthood through Writing
In 1986, Ruth taught her first Exploring Parenthood class to a group of ten fabulous women. Today, some of these women still meet and have followed each others lives in the most unique and wonderful ways…not only through discussion and over countless cups of tea, but also through the powerful and memorable medium of the written word. Things that would have been lost, forgotten and overlooked became instead stories, poems and captured moments to be remembered again and again…and remembered collectively.
In the spirit of those early classes, Ruth continues the tradition. Originally grant-funded through the Center for Parents and Teachers in Concord, the Exploring Parenthood Series lives on through the Circle of Writers. Parents meet weekly to write and discuss all aspects of raising children: sleepless nights; the 8 month cold; finding alone time; finding time with your spouse; when my child seems different than /other kids/the siblings/me etc.); how do I know I am doing this right?; discipline, reinforcements, and rules; when my spouse and I disagree; when my mother comes out of my mouth…etc
This workshop provides the parents of young children a great morning out, hot tea and scones (I provide this), and a collection of writing ideas that will help preserve memories, allow for a bit of distance from their worries, shape our concerns into answerable questions, and introduce parents to new and varied perspectives.
Mother-Daughter Writing Workshop
Mothers and daughters rarely have the time they need to catch up, keep involved with each other, and share what is so quickly changing before our very eyes. This workshop offers an opportunity for 6 mother- daughter pairs to meet each week and have some fun while sharing our thoughts in writing. The group will choose themes that are non threatening, fun, humorous and easy to write about. At times, girls will write together while moms write together, or we will write on our own, or mothers and daughters will write in pairs. Weekly homework will be enjoyable and give mothers and daughters a chance to find time together while creating a piece to share in class the next week. An optional weekend retreat away for the group to celebrate new friendships and build upon the effort we have all invested will be discussed.
Wild Women Write
Based on Women Who Run With the Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.