Friday, May 3, 2013

Document your Experiences with Use Your Words: Writing Guide for Moms

Use Your Own Words Book Jacket I’ve always been a bit envious of the “artsy” types. I figured that painting, dance, and writing skills came naturally…

To Others.

Now I know better.

There are others out there willing and able to guide us on our journey to creativity.

Kate Hopper is one of these people, and I am happy to have discovered her!

A Resource to Help you Document Your Experiences.

Kate Hopper is an award-winning writer, teacher, editor, and mother, among other things. She writes primarily about the many sides of motherhood, and when she began in this direction found that some people did not take her writing seriously because of the subject matter. Her solution was to create a place in the world for women to give creative expression to their own motherhood experiences.

In her book “Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers” Kate teaches some great techniques to help us document our journeys in ways that will capture the moments and give depth to the subject at hand.

Use Your Words is a book for both beginning mother writers and more advanced writers who want to improve their writing ability as they process the gritty, mundane, often-funny, and sometimes heartbreaking nature of parenthood.

The book layout is ideal for me. I really enjoyed reading the excerpts in each chapter, which were followed by specific exercises for the reader to follow. The writing exercises were easy to understand and although some of them were difficult for me personally to complete, others were really valuable. The chapters ranged from 10-20 pages, a perfect length for a busy Mother with little “me” time.

Turn the phrase on yourself – “Use Your Words!”

I am not yet ready to share the pieces I have written (perhaps in a future post?) but I am excited to continue on with the exploration and expression of my own journey. This book will continue to be a resource for me as I document the ever-changing landscape that is parenthood.

If you like what you read, Kate has kindly offered to giveaway a copy to one of you! But wait, there’s more. Kate is working on another book “Ready for Air” about prematurity due out October 1. Stay tuned to Journeys of The Zoo for more information.

You can order Kate’s book “Use Your Words” off her Website (it’s also available as an audiobook) Facebook | Twitter

Disclosure: Journeys of The Zoo received a copy of this product that enabled us to complete this review.

The giveaway associated with this post has ended. Check the Winners Page for details.

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44 thoughts on “Document your Experiences with Use Your Words: Writing Guide for Moms

  1. Night Owler

    A book sounds nice as a giveaway. I’ve received 7 free books. Would do this one but i’m trying to stay clear of giveaways esp if it’s add this person and so forth. sorry

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  2. Tammy

    I learned that Kate Hopper is a teacher, editor and most of all a mother, who knows her stuff. I would love to read more of this book, its sounds very interesting and helpful in writing.

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  3. Lisa Brown

    I learned that I’m very much in need of this book! All too often I fall into the trap of using words, as opposed to using words well. 🙂 Oh, plus she was super-smart!

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  4. cp

    I learned that she teaches multiple courses and one is available online that is the version of Motherhood & Words®.

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  5. Anonymous

    Bailey Dexter She been the recipient of a Fulbright Grant, a Gesell Summer Fellowship at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota, a University of Minnesota English Department Outstanding Teacher Award for Graduate Assistants, a 2008 MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, and a 2011 Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant. She is co-editor for Literary Reflections at Literary Mama.

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  6. Anonymous

    @plumerea

    I found out that Kate is a loves finding good writing that combats the myths of motherhood still perpetuated in our society and speaks honestly about what it’s really like to be a mother. This is so amazing to me because it is exactly the sort of information I need, as I expecting our very first little bundle of joy this Fall. Thanks for the chance to win a great book.

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  7. Kate

    The book includes excerpts of quality writing about motherhood and teaches readers how to find the heart of their writing, learn to use motherhood as a lens through which to write the world, and turn their motherhood stories into art.

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