Motherhood changes things. Amidst the blessings and the challenges, we transform. As one mother put it, “With my first child, I lost my interests. With my second child, I lost my identity.” How do we lean into motherhood’s paradoxical blend of miracle and loss? Writing can help. As James Pennebroke writes in Opening Up, writing “clears the mind” and helps us “understand and reorient our complicated lives” and “helps keep our psychological compass oriented.”
In this four-hour program, mother and writer Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer leads other mothers in a writing practice that includes a lot more than just writing. What happens when we ask, “Who am I?” As Ramana Maharshi says, “The purpose of that question is not to find an answer but to dissolve the questioner.” What’s that supposed to mean? Come play.
Every kind of mother is welcome—from prenatal to step to great grandmother. No previous writing experience necessary.
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, mother of Finn (8) and Vivian (4) and stepmother of Shawnee (29),is the award-winning author of numerous poetry collections. Her work has appeared in O Magazine, Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Gazette. For 10 years she directed the Telluride Writers Guild. Her favorite one-word mantra: Adjus