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Use Your Words

A Writing Guide for Mothers

Writing Is an Act of Discovery

Motherhood inspired the powerful prose of Anne Lamott, Susan Cheever, Ayelet Waldman and Alice Walker, launching them, and many others, to the top of bestseller lists. Award-winning writer Kate Hopper has spent nearly a decade teaching women to write down the bones of motherhood. Now, in Use Your Words, her expert guidance will encourage you to write the stories you need to write, whether your goal is to blog, publish magazine articles, or pen the next blockbuster memoir. 

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Contributors include Cecelie S. Berry, Marilyn Bousquin, Anne Greenwood Brown, Jill Christman, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Linda Lee Crosfield, Lucinda Cummings, Chitra Divakaruni, Ona Gritz, Susan Ito, Beth Kephart, Sara Martin, Catherine Newman, Lisa Kahn Schnell, Sue William Silverman, Nicole Collins Starsinic, Erin White, and Alexis Wolfe.

"Finally a book to teach parents how to write! In readable, interesting, practical prose, Use Your Words gives moms what they need to know to write about their children's most precious moments. A tremendous resource for bloggers, teachers, lay and professional writers."
—Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., author of Toddler: Real-Life Stories of Those Fickle, Irrational, Urgent, Tiny People We Love 

"Kate Hopper has been a valuable part of our teaching staff since 2006. Her students rave about her, calling her a ‘wonderful teacher.’ Kate has so much to share and so many helpful writing exercises."
—Brian Malloy, Education Director, The Loft Literary Center 

"Kate has translated her successful Use Your Words writing class onto paper and created a personal, practical guide for any mother writer. Grounding each lesson with terrific essays and poems by a wide variety of writers, Kate offers a solid education in creative writing plus a range of approachable assignments, designed to make readers put the book down and start writing."
—Caroline Grant, Editor-in-Chief of Literary Mama and Co-editor of Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life 

"In Hopper’s assured, experienced hands, women and mothers will glean not only the all-important elements of craft, they will feel emboldened and prepared to take the essential steps from idea to finished piece. This is a beautiful, polished guide to craft and story telling for writing about motherhood and beyond."
—Vicki Forman, author of This Lovely Life: A Memoir of Premature Motherhood

"Use Your Words brings a unique voice to the world of writing guides: honest, forthright, funny. It's totally original in that it covers the specific areas where the experience of motherhood fires—and complicates—the task of writing. (fear, etc)."
—Bonnie Rough, author of Carrier: Untangling the Danger in my DNA 

"If you have ever wondered whether motherhood is a viable literary subject, or whether you have a mothering story worth telling, Kate Hopper’s beautifully written book will answer that question once and for all – with compelling excerpts, exercises to inspire you, and clear, practical teachings on matters of voice, structure, and style."
—Katrina Kenison, author of The Gift of an Ordinary Day and Mitten Strings for God

"Kate Hopper’s Use Your Words demonstrates how the universal experiences of motherhood can be transformative through storytelling, and offers practical, thoughtful, and insightful guidance to any writer interested in the process of translating life experience into story."
—Andrea Buchanan, author of The Daring Book for Girls, Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It, and six other books

Kate Hopper holds an M.F.A. in creative writing and has taught creative writing at the University of Minnesota, The Loft Literary Center, and online, as well as at libraries and other workshops. Her popular course, "Use Your Words," has drawn students from across the country and Europe. She lives in Minneapolis.


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