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 classroom environment where students feel safe sharing their work and ideas and can grow as writers.
Upcoming Classes and Retreats:
Where Is Your Mind?: The Importance of Reflection in Nonfiction
Saturday, 12/5/15, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis
In this three-hour class, we will discuss the power and importance of reflection in deepening the story in creative nonfiction. We will look closely at excerpts of essays and memoirs that employ different types of reflection, and examine how reflection impacts voice, pacing, and narrative urgency. We will also consider how tense affects reflection and discuss how to effectively weave reflection into scene. Short, in-class exercises will further clarify how to balance narration and reflection on the page. Participants will leave the class with a clear sense of how to deepen their stories with reflection.
Motherhood & Words Online
Beginning end of January, 2016 (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 two to three 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 about motherhood!
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.