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During “normal” times many of us struggled to find time for ourselves, riding the hamster wheel of work and parenting. Now, sheltered in place with our families, we have more time to interact with our kids, but even less time to process the complex joys and challenges of being a parent.
Instructor Katharine Harer says, “Creative writing is the perfect repository for the sometimes confusing and always human experience of being a parent.” In this half-day Saturday class, Katharine will guide you in writing activities to help you express the gamut of feelings and experiences of being a parent in this strange time. You’ll connect with your inner voice, that part of yourself that gets buried under piles of laundry and to-do lists, and you’ll learn useful tips to continue your writing practice at home, accessible writing prompts you can do in the spaces between potty training or Zoom school. For inspiration, you’ll read authors who have tilled the fertile ground of parenting.
“Whether your child is teething or in the stormy sea of adolescence or, like my son, officially grown-up, this class will give you the space to do some meaningful writing and to share experiences and insights with other parents,” says Katharine.
All backgrounds and experiences with writing are welcome.
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katharine Harer loves teaching creative writing. She has worked with hundreds, maybe thousands, of students in her over thirty-year career as a community college writing teacher at Skyline College and as a private workshop instructor. Katharine has published seven collections of poetry, the most recent, Deconfliction, in 2020, and a full-length volume of poems, Jazz & Other Hot Subjects, in 2016. Her poetry and nonfiction have been published widely in literary journals, newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. Her travel essay Delle Donne appeared in Best Women’s Travel Writing 2016 and a personal essay, Blue Flags & Painted Crosses, is forthcoming from Sonora Review in Tucson.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, January 23, 2:00pm-5:00pm
I found Katharine's teaching style empathetic and helpful. She was always about improving, no matter what level we were at.
I think Katharine is a great teacher. She gives everyone respectful, individual attention. She lets everyone have their own opinion and encourages us to listen to each other with the same empathy.