Write Like a Mother
"There was something so valuable about what happened when one became a mother.
The person that was in me that I liked best was the one my children seemed to want."
*Our definitions of "mom" and "maternal" are inclusive and not necessarily linked to gender. The maternal role involves nurturing, the link to Mother Earth, and our everyday role as the parent doing the emotional labor. Our definition of the person in this role includes, among others, trans folx, femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer, non binary folx, and cisgender women. It also includes those who yearn to be a mother, those who mourn the loss of a child, or those who fill a parental role in non-traditional ways. If you see yourself as a parent serving in a maternal role, then this space is for you.
Moreover, Scribente Maternum recognizes the even greater emotional burden carried by Black mothers, Indigenous mothers, and mothers of color. Our community focuses on the well-being of all mothers -- especially regarding emotional health – as a shared responsibility of the group, rather than the lone task of an individual.
What is Scribente Maternum?
We are NOT a writing workshop or a critique group. We ARE a community of mothers with our own stories and struggles, coming together because of our love of writing. Within this space, writing is the process. It's not the final product.
Scribente Maternum is a play on "writer mom." But that's where the fanciness ends. This community is down-to-earth and real. The one thing we are serious about is how central motherhood is to our human experience.
Our goal is to embrace the tension that exists between motherhood and writing. Our children are our greatest distraction, but also our greatest inspiration. We are exhausted from being the on-call parent, but we find something new to write about every time we look at them.
We are here to support each other.
We are here to understand each other.
We are here to tap into each other's creative energy to create new, glorious things.
What is a Scribente Maternum Event?
We are not a writing conference. We are a writing community and retreats.
Conferences include loads of information from a panel of experts. They mean lots of note-taking and even more exhaustion.
Scribente Maternum's retreats, on the other hand, are a chance to mingle with the experts. They include a lot of community-building and time for you to write whatever your heart needs you to write.
Our large retreats include workshops with renowned authors and teachers, opportunities for smaller accountability groups, and a chance to find inspiration and community. Smaller gatherings are a breath of fresh air, just when you need it the most. A time to gather with like souls in the midst of mothering.
In the time between events, our online community keeps right on writing. We give each other the support and inspiration we need, just when we need it.
Most importantly, all our events include time to rest and recharge and breathe. Experiences that mothers don't make time but that they so desperately need: meditation, mindfulness, and simply sitting in stillness.
Who is Scribente Maternum?
Mothers, grandmothers, and aunties.
Writers, dreamers, and revolutionaries.
Real mothers offering each other support so that our children can inspire us to do amazing things.
Mothers with stories to share. Mothers who don't have to walk this road alone.
This is Scribente Maternum.
Andria Nacina Cole and her son
Author of The King of Love is Dead.
Founder of A Revolutionary Summer, an intensive critical reading and writing program dedicated to shifting harmful narratives about Black women and girls.
Andria Nacina Cole and her son
Andria is the author of The King of Love is Dead and founder of A Revolutionary Summer, an intensive critical reading and writing program dedicated to shifting harmful narratives about Black women and girls.
Writers and mothers Kristi and Katie Korrow,
at home with their twins
Scribente Maternum 2021 Virtual Writing Retreat
Saturdays in February, Noon-2:30 EST
February 6, 13, 20, 27
Collective Care Through Our Creativity
Actress, storyteller, and writer Maria Broom will lead us through mindfulness exercises to help us center ourselves and sit with the feelings and emotions that this unique moment in history brings up.
Maria's session honors the particularly raw moment we have lived through over the last year. She will help us explore the needs we each have personally, as well as the needs of our larger society and individual communities. This day will also lay a foundation to tap into our maternal superpowers through writing and creativity.
We will leave our time with Maria ready to take care of ourselves and eager to take care of the collective.
Acclaimed writer, Rebecca Walker, whose work centers around race, gender, power, and the evolution of human family will lead a discussion on our roles in collective care and taking our care outwards.
Through our time with Rebecca, we will explore what we care most about in our homes, our communities, and our world. We will tap into our own connectedness to something greater in a way that writer-mothers are uniquely qualified to do.
Writer and Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing Program, Karen Houppert will show us how to take everything we've learned into our daily lives.
Now that we have reset, re-centered, and reflected, we look to bring these lessons to our everyday. This session will focus on action and creating a process to ensure that we're cultivating collective care every day. This session will also have a practical writing workshop component.
M. M. DeVoe
Author and Executive Director of Pen Parentis, M. M. DeVoe, will lead us through a creativity spa and explore the element of self-care needed in this time.
In the spirit of the airplane oxygen mask in which we're reminded to attend to our own needs before assisting others, this session will provide a centering opportunity to create a space for us to tend to ourselves so that we can more effectively turn the care outwards.
We'll begin with self-care from the lens of activism and inclusion to ensure that roots of our self-care create a better world for everyone.
2021 Virtual Retreat
Collective Care Through our Creativity
A limited number of You-Deserve-to-Be-Here funding packages are available for those in the global majority, people with disabilities, and anyone experiencing financial hardship. Please tell us your story.
Discount are also available for writer-moms who are members of organizations that serve these communities. Please contact us for more information.
If you or your organization would like to contribute toward a You-Deserve-to-Be-Here opportunity and be included among our sponsors, please contact us.