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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Hopper Narrator: Julie McKay Publisher: Viva Editions Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN:
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Use Your Words introduces the art of creative nonfiction to women who want to give written expression to their lives as mothers. Written by award-winning teacher and writer, Kate Hopper, this book will help women 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. Each chapter of Use Your Words focuses on an element of craft and contains a lecture, a published essay, and writing exercises that will serve as jumping-off points for the readers' own writing. Chapter topics include: the importance of using concrete details, an overview of creative nonfiction as a genre, character development, voice, humor, tense and writing the hard stuff, reflection and back-story, structure, revision, and publishing. The content of each lecture is aligned with the essay/poem in that chapter to help readers more easily grasp the elements of craft being discussed. Together the chapters provide a unique opportunity for mother writers to learn and grow as writers.

Use Your Words takes the approach that creative writing can be taught, and this underscores each chapter. When students learn to read like writers, to notice how a piece is put together, and to question the choices a writer makes, they begin to think like writers. When they learn to ground their writing in concrete, sensory details and begin to understand how to create believable characters and realistic dialogue, their own writing improves. Use Your Words reflects Kate's style as a teacher, guiding the reader in a straightforward, nurturing, and passionate voice.

As one student noted in a class evaluation: Kate is a born writer and teacher, and her enthusiasm for essays about motherhood and for teaching the nuts and bolts of writing so that ordinary mothers have the tools to write their stories is a gift to the world. She is raising the value of motherhood in our society as she helps mo... Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karna Converse | 8/11/2013

    " A great resource for writers who are first, and foremost moms. Filled with tips and exercises for both getting started and for polishing drafts into something that's publishable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ami | 5/23/2013

    " While I enjoy Kate Hopper's writing, I do not think I enjoyed this book as much as everyone else did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison Lee | 4/20/2013

    " For every mother who wants to write, a must-read. I know I will go back again and again to Kate Hopper's wonderful book, full of useful advice and writing exercises and prompts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla Archer | 4/19/2013

    " I've enjoyed working through this book. I've never had great recall of details (more the overall feeling of the experience), so it's been really challenging to get through some of it, but I needed the challenge! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 3/16/2013

    " I found this book to be very helpful. It gave me many new ideas and tips to try when working on my writing. While I'm not sure that I will ever be a true writer, I feel that if I did choose that path this book would definitely be a helpful tool. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Vogl | 3/9/2013

    " I've been recommending this to all the mothers I know who write. Kate knows how to bring forth a writer's sense of humor and empathy and how to encourage a writer all along the way. A must have for any mother writer's book shelf. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marisha | 3/7/2013

    " I want to learn how to be a good writer and "use my words" well...and for the glory of God. Sadly, the swearing and taking the Lord's name in vain in many of the memoir excerpts repelled me. I only made it half way through when I decided that I'd had enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey Lawrence | 2/24/2013

    " Very inspiring for moms wanting to tell their story for personal or professional work. A must for bloggers, especially for the mom-tots blogs. "

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