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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

“Workshopping” moms of Mothers Who Write

Mothers who write, Amy Silverman, Deborah Sussman

Amy Silverman (left) and Deborah Sussman. Photo by Evie Carpenter

There is something about becoming a parent that makes you wax poetic in ways you never did before.

Or, at least, you would if you had the time.

If writing is your thing—and you can make the time—check out the biannual (spring and fall), 10-week Mothers Who Write workshop. The group meets weekly at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) under the watchful eyes of Amy Silverman, of Tempe, managing editor of Phoenix New Times, and Deborah Sussman, also of Tempe, communications and media specialist with ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Each workshop culminates in a public reading in the SMoCA Lounge at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Each week, participants bring a written piece to be “workshopped.” Silverman, Sussman and other moms provide feedback to the writer to help her hone her writing skills. Though each person in the group is a mother, themes tend to vary—and every writer’s experience level and style are different.

Silverman and Sussman, both mothers, have impressive resumes—collectively, they have contributed to the New York Times, the Washington Post and NPR, among others—and are eager to impart their knowledge to fellow women writers.

“Amy and I love teaching this class,” says Sussman. “It seems to provide a community that a lot of us who both mother and write…are hungry for.”

In this Internet age of ubiquitous mommy blogs and parenting posts that go viral faster than you can say “HuffPo,” female writers have scores of options for showcasing their work. Silverman and Sussman intend to help each writer find her best path.

To learn more or to register, follow Mothers Who Write on Facebook.

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Melissa Eddy Campana

Assistant Editor Melissa Eddy Campana is the mother of Clare (2 1/2) and twins Amelia and Nicola (11 months).

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