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.
Motherhood & Words Online
September 13 – November 20, 2017 (10 1/2 weeks) (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 generate the beginnings of 5-10 creative nonfiction pieces, and you will have an opportunity to 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!
Please e-mail me at katehopper [at] msn [dot] com if you have any questions about the class or would like to register. 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.
Crafting the Nonfiction Book Proposal
September 30, 2017 – 1 pm – 5 pm – The Loft Literary Center, Open Book, Minneapolis
Whether you have a complete manuscript or simply an idea for your next book, you’ll need to write a book proposal that’s both concise and catchy. In this four-hour class, you’ll begin to craft a book proposal in a step-by-step process that will help you distill your book’s “hook,” understand the components of a strong proposal, and begin to create an “about the author” section and marketing plan.
Class time will be spent discussing components and examples of successful book proposals, distilling your book description and “hook,” brainstorming content for your “about the author” and marketing sections, and sharing. Participants will leave with a list of tips and resources to help them complete and begin to pitch their book proposals to agents and editors.
$2 copy fee payable to the teaching artist.