Who Mothers the Writer? Reconnecting with the Craft in Trying Times with Szilvia Molnar


6-week Online Open Genre Workshop — 10 students

Time & Date:
Sundays, 4:00pm — 6:30pm
October 18th — November 22nd


Member Price: $225*

A limited number of spots in each workshop are reserved for a special scholarship rate. Apply for a scholarship here. For more information on payment plans, please email emily@austinbatcave.org.

“So, who mothers the mothers / who tend the hallways of mothers / the spill of mothers / the smell of mothers / who mend the eyes of mothers / the lies of mothers scared / to turn on lights in basements…” (from Chorus by Catherine Barnett)

The pandemic has brought additional strain and stress to our everyday lives making it extremely challenging to sit down and write. But we know that writing is all we would like to do. So, how do we nurture our writing during trying times? Where do we find time, energy, or even just the desire to write when so many other obligations stand in our way? And how do we connect with other writers who are also caregivers during this isolating time?

This six-week workshop will give creative parents who have been having a difficult time nurturing their own writing the freedom to fully and simply play (i.e write).

We will engage in several exercises that can reignite our need and desire to write. We will discuss structure, accountability, community and what resources that may need to be in place in order to get started. The group will also explore how nostalgia, repetition and collection can be valuable tools to get us writing again. For further inspiration, we’ll read and discuss short excerpts from works by Sophie Calle, Rachel Cusk, Camille T. Dungy, Marie Darrieussecq, Lucy Ellmann, Bernadine Evaristo, Vivian Gornick, and Hannah Sullivan, who all incorporate motherhood into their work in their own unique ways.

I will provide you with the space to be creative again, support and inspiration, and the opportunity to connect with others in times of isolation.

By the end of the course you will have generated multiple new works that can be expanded into future short stories, novels or prose poetry.

*applies to The Novel Membership Level only

This class is open to writers at all levels. 

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About the Instructor:

Szilvia Molnar is a writer, mother and the foreign rights director at Sterling Lord Literistic, a New York-based literary agency, where she also represents the Kathy Acker Estate. Her writing has been published in Guernica, Lit Hub, Triangle House Review, Two Serious Ladies, The Buenos Aires Review, and Neue Rundschau among others. She is also the author of a chapbook titled Soft Split (published by Future Tense Books) and is currently working on a novel. Originally from Budapest, Hungary, and raised in Sweden, she lives in Austin, Texas, with her family. www.szilviamolnar.com

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