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Thank you for visiting Scribente Maternum at AWP!

If one of us had the joy of speaking with you, it is so good to see you here again.

If we did not meet personally, then welcome to this space.

Scroll down for more information about our upcoming events, as well as discounts just for those who attended AWP. They're only good until the end of March, 2023, so don't wait!

Please also reach out with any questions. We're here to help!

The moms of Scribente Maternum,

Carla, Elizabeth and Rachel

Scribente Maternum at AWP

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March 18, 2023
11am - 12:30pm EST

"I, We, Us, Them and That Third Person: Character in Nonfiction"

with author Tyrese Coleman

Just $27

Character is an area of nonfiction prose that may be the most unlike fiction, as nonfiction is greatly limited by the point of view of the writer themselves. The writer as a character and/or the individuals they write about have actual real-life feelings that shape and control the freedom the nonfiction writer has in using them as characters. Characters in most nonfiction play a much different role than they do in most fiction, functioning as portraits and foils for the narrator, rather than forces of longing that create narrative tension to motivate plot.


In this seminar, we will use fiction and speculative nonfiction techniques to experiment with developing different points of view for nonfiction prose. We will work on differentiating between the writer at their desk and the narrator in the prose. From these elements, we will begin to bring a human character to the page, dimensional, who not only reacts when acted upon but who also acts, has a unique voice, and can bring to life the context of the real world in only the way creative nonfiction can do.

Upcoming Virtual Sessions

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April 22, 2023
11am - 12:30pm EST
"The Keys to Self-Publishing Success" 
with editor and book coach Erin Donley

Just $27

Learn how to get your book into the hands of readers a whole lot sooner...and with a whole lot more creative control!

Or register for both March and April sessions for just $37! Follow either link and select both sessions at checkout.

Write Like a Mother Retreat

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October 19-21, 2023

Early bird registration is OPEN for Scribente Maternum's next in-person writing retreat in beautiful Seaview, Washington. Located just two hours from Portland (transportation from PDX will be provided, if needed) and three hours from Seattle, we will gather at the cozy Sou'wester Lodge on the beautiful Pacific Coast. Most meals---and plenty of writing---are included. Lodging at the Sou'wester is not only affordable, but it's also a lot of fun.

A very limited number of early bird registration tickets are now available. Tack on the AWP discount until the end of April! Use code AWP2023.


Scroll down for a peek inside our most recent Write Like a Mother retreat.

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Write Like a Mother Gear

Show the world that you "Write Like a Mother."

Shirts, sweatshirts, and workout tanks. Mugs, bags and stickers. They're all here.


Use code AWP2023 to save 15% on all Write Like a Mother gear until the end of March.

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