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Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #7 in Parenting Books


Pros: well written, inspiring and motivating writing exercises

Long before I had kids, I used to sit in coffee shops and write.  It was easy and natural.  Since having kids, I have gotten away from writing.  This book is helping to bring me back. I highly recommend it.  


I love "Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers."  It is an inspiring book encouraging mothers to write about their experiences and emotions.  Author Kate Hopper writes that motherhood "is a time of transition and sometimes a period of intense identity struggle."  This book is full of writing exercises that will help you connect your mothering experiences with something larger.  


Use Your Words is full of writing advice, and each chapter has honest, well written published pieces on motherhood.  The author presents these written pieces, then explains their strengths and encourages you to do a writing exercise practicing the strengths.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading the published essays on motherhood, then jumping into writing my own piece.  I found I would easily spend 15-20 minutes writing after being guided by the exercises.  


I appreciate that this book is well written and easy to follow.  It makes the self discovery that comes from writing easy.  I think this book is great for mothers who have never written before, as well as people like me, who used to write but have gotten away from it and need a refresher.  It is an inspiring and motivating book that is almost like a writing class in your home.  

Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers

USE YOUR WORDS introduces the art of creative nonfiction to women who want to give written expression to their lives as mothers. Written by award-winning teacher and writer, Kate Hopper, this book will help women find the heart of their writing, learn to use motherhood as a lens through which to write the world, and turn their motherhood stories into art. Each chapter of USE YOUR WORDS focuses on an element of craft and contains a lecture, a published essay, and writing exercises that will serve as jumping-off points for the readers’ own writing. Chapter topics include: the importance of using concrete details, an overview of creative nonfiction as a genre, character development, voice, humor, tense and writing the “hard stuff,” reflection and back-story, structure, revision, and publishing. The content of each lecture is aligned with the essay/poem in that chapter to help readers more easily grasp the elements of craft being discussed. Together the chapters provide a unique opportunity for mother writers to learn and grow as writers.USE YOUR WORDS takes the approach that creative writing can be taught, and this underscores each chapter. When students learn to read like writers, to notice how a piece is put together, and to question the choices a writer makes, they begin to think like writers. When they learn to ground their writing in concrete, sensory details and begin to understand how to create believable characters and realistic dialogue, their own writing improves. USE YOUR WORDS reflects Kate’s style as a teacher, guiding the reader in a straightforward, nurturing, and passionate voice. As one student noted in a class evaluation: “Kate is a born writer and teacher, and her enthusiasm for essays about motherhood and for teaching the nuts and bolts of writing so that ordinary mothers have the tools to write their stories is a gift to the world. She is raising the value of motherhood in our society as she helps mothers build their confidence and strengthen their game as writers.”

AuthorKate Hopper
LabelViva Editions
ManufacturerViva Editions
PublisherViva Editions
StudioViva Editions
TitleUse Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers
Languages - Original LanguageEnglish
Languages - PublishedEnglish
Package Height0.79 inches
Package Length8.19 inches
Package Weight0.65 pounds
Package Width5.43 inches
Creator - ForewordHope Edelman
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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