Motherhood in Memoir with Terri Linton

    Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 10:00 AM until 1:00 PMEastern Daylight Time

    Instructor: Terri Linton
    3 hour VIRTUAL session on Saturday, August 7
    10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
    Workshop is limited to 15 registrants
    $165


    Course Description
    Alice Walker wrote in Possessing the Secret of Joy: “Yes. Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.” 

    Selfhood and motherhood are two halves that make up the whole of many women. Motherhood changes us; awakens us; challenges us; and strengthens us. Much of how we write ourselves is informed by who we are, and what we experience as mothers. 

    In this three hour class, we’ll examine excerpts of essays that center on motherhood before mining the realities, revelations, and reckonings of our own motherhood journeys through writing prompts and exercises. 

    Writers will come away with a solid framework and understanding of how to creatively and compellingly write the maternal self in personal essay.

    Who Should Take This Class?
    Writers of memoir or personal essays who are interested in writing about motherhood, as well as beginner writers.  

    Your Instructor
    Terri Linton holds a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. She is currently a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College where she also received her Bachelor of Arts degree. Linton has worked as a professor of criminal justice at colleges in New York and Connecticut for a decade. Prior to that, she worked in the criminal justice system on the state and federal level. Her writing has appeared in the anthology Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor; Catapult Magazine; Mothermag; Ninth Letter; and other online sites. She lives in New York with her son and is working on a memoir.  

    Testimonial
    “Terri brings such precision, poetry and musicality to her descriptions of herself and her relationship to motherhood. Her insights have been both supportive and illuminating.” - Janet Pfeffer

    “I have every confidence students lucky enough to study with Terri Linton will walk away enriched and inspired.

    Terri sees to the heart of motherhood with the same searing writer’s gaze she turns on every human experience, bringing depth of insight, precision of observation and utter compassion to our most painful and joyful moments. As a teacher, Terri will lead students towards their personal version of what she does so well — finding truth through distilled imagery, poetic allusion and musicality on the page.” - Heather Harpham


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    Note: Details about Zoom links and any other information relevant to the workshop will be emailed to you the week before workshops begin. If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-323-6170 or email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.

    Refund Policy: No refunds are given on one-day intensives, advanced classes, and yearlong classes where space is limited. 100% refund before 1st class (minus $50 administrative and registration fee), 50% refund after 1st class (minus $50 registration fee), no refunds after 2nd class for all other workshops. ALL cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing. Please contact writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu with questions or to submit a refund request.