Write on Mamas Giveaway!

by singlemomseeking on May 10, 2014

WRITE ON MAMAS

On Mothers Day, this one is for you, mamas! Thank you for picking up your kids when they fall and holding them tight. Thank you for giving and doing it all when you’re out of steam.

On that note… I’m thrilled to introduce you to the Write On Mamas! Founded out of a desire to connect, the Write on Mamas is a group of more than 40 moms — and one dad! — who meet online and in person to write, revise, and share. They’ve recently published a fabulous collection of essays about how parenting shaped them as writers. It’s a book full of promise.

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Ms. Magazine said in a recent review of Mamas Write:

“You won’t find cliché advice on how to become a writer or cute essays on potty training… What you will find are real stories about the messy business of being both a writer and a parent.”

I’m honored to know many of these writers (above) personally in the San Francisco Bay Area, including:

Single dad Steven Friedman, who wrote a beautiful post on this very blog about losing his wife;

Janine Kovac, who writes about giving birth to her premature twin sons;

Claire Hennessy, who hilariously describes her blended family;

Mary Paul Hill, who writes about her middle son who was diagnosed at birth with Prader-Willi syndrome;

Joanne Hartman, a founding member of Literary Mama who has a poignant essay about her daughter and reading.

I particularly loved this essay by single mom Pamela Alma Weymouth, “Become the Hero:”

“This is how, on the day you discover your first wrinkle, you find yourself divorced, in need of a date, slumped inside your dented red Honda in front of your falling-apart fixer-upper in a suburban outpost of the city of San Francisco.”

I’m giving away one copy of the anthology Mamas Write!

Leave a comment by May 24  and Random.org will choose a winner.

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And the winner of A Smidgen of Sky? Congrats to single mom Nicole Blean!

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pete May 11, 2014 at 6:56 am

Happy Mothers Day Rachel. :)

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Steven Friedman May 11, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Your website is a great resource for mothers, writers, and people with compassion.

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JNK May 21, 2014 at 11:19 pm

I have just started to re-read Single Mom Seeking and I have to tell you, I’m enjoying it just as much the second time as I did the first!

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Sue May 22, 2014 at 5:28 am

As my children age it’s harder to pick them up when they fall but I will always want to.

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Marie Lappin May 22, 2014 at 6:51 am

I’d love to win a copy!

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Phoebe Bode May 22, 2014 at 7:01 am

I’ve read MAMAS WRITE, and the reader comes away saying, “That happened in my family, and if I had the words, that’s what I would write to tell others how it felt,” or “I didn’t experience that, but the authors’ perseverance, insight, and compassion gives me courage to face the disappointments in my life.” I truly believe this book will change lives.

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Jamie May 22, 2014 at 7:11 am

As a writer and mom of 3 I’m so glad I stumbled upon your site and the link to this book! Thanks, Mamalita (Jessica O’Dwyer)!

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Sara May 22, 2014 at 6:50 pm

I almost bought this book for myself for mother’s day and then I think one of my kids got out of bed before I bought it. I’ve read essays by at least three of the moms in this book—looks great!

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Maria May 23, 2014 at 4:08 pm

I have 3 children, from 12 to 17, and I am in awe of women who can be mothers and save space in their brains for writing. Everything we do as moms is external–caring for and reacting to our children. But writing is such an internal process. I can’t wait to read how other women achieved this–and if I had space in my brain I would be jealous.

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singlemomseeking August 2, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Congrats Maria! You’re the winner!

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