Classes

Students are drawn to writing because they want to tell a story or because language excites them. My goal is to tap into that energy and help each student, regardless of ability level, make discoveries through language. I strive to establish a nurturing though rigorous classroom environment where students feel safe sharing their work and ideas and can grow as writers.

Upcoming Classes:

Women’s Memoir

Tuesdays, 12:30 – 2:30 – January 30 – March 20 

ModernWell, Minneapolis, MN

Writing is an act of discovery. Join this group of women writers to explore memoir, unearth hidden truths and learn to write to the heart of your stories. Weekly discussions, readings and writing exercises will focus on generating new work and deepening your understanding of craft. We’ll explore how to create complex, vibrant characters; bring your writing alive with scenes; strengthen your reflective voice; balance narration and reflection; and tackle revision. You will receive feedback from your peers and me on what emerges from weekly writing exercises. I will also critique one longer piece of writing (10 pages) and meet individually with each writer to go over my feedback. Join this amazing community of women writers and begin writing the stories you need to write.

Click here to register.

Motherhood & Words Online

September 12 – November 19, 2018 (10 1/2 weeks)

Whether you are a new mom or a veteran, whether you gave birth to or adopted your child, in this online class you’ll learn how to take birth and motherhood stories and turn them into art. Weekly lectures, reading assignments and writing exercises will focus on telling details, character development, emotional distance, strengthening your reflective voice, and revision. (Use Your Words will be the primary text for the class.) You can expect to begin at least five creative nonfiction pieces, and you will have an opportunity to revise and expand one of these into a longer piece. You will receive feedback from your peers and me on what emerges from weekly writing exercises. I will also read and comment on one longer piece (10 pages) and a revision of that same piece. This class is open to writers of all ability levels! Join this online community of mothers who are interested in writing!

Cost $425

Please e-mail me at katehopper [at] msn [dot] com if you have any questions about the class. Payment by check also available. Limited class size.

* Cancellation policy: I know that sometimes things come up making it impossible to continue with a class, and I want to be as flexible and supportive as possible while still honoring the time it takes to deal with class prep and cancellations. If you cancel before class begins, you’ll receive full credit toward a future class. Once the class begins, a 75% credit will be given if cancelled during the first week; 50% if cancelled by week 3; after that, no credits given. Credit must be used within 12 months.