An Artist Residency in Motherhood

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The Artist Residency in Motherhood is a self directed, open source artist residency intended to empower and inspire artists and writers who are also mothers.

The concept is simple yet ground breaking, turn towards motherhood for creativity and not away. Participants of the program are encouraged to work with their children, drawing on their experiences as a mother and to encorperate family into their practice and method. An Artist Residency in Motherhood is the reframing of parenthood as a valuable site for creative practice, rather than an obstruction to be overcome. 

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The Ornament, A Christmas Microfiction

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A Story Edith would always remember the day she could take her ornament home, a wooden star glued together from pop sticks.  All week she had been watching it swinging in the window, the red paint turning rubbery and hot in the afternoon sun.  She had smeared the tips in thick glue and dipped them … Read more

How Falling Pregnant Helped My Writing Career

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“The idea that motherhood is inherently somehow a threat to creativity is just absurd.”  TELEGRAPH

As a 29 year old, heterosexual, female, freelance writer currently working on my first piece of long-form creative fiction, I didn’t expect falling pregnant to come as such a boost to my writing career. While studying Creative Arts at Sydney University my lecturers weren’t shy about stating that if I wanted a successful career in the arts – I should NEVER have Children!

People warned me. Many people told me to wait.

Some friends with kids complained about the slump in their career and the problems they’ve had finding time to write. I had a good friend actually tell me I had, ‘ruined my life.’ But falling pregnant hasn’t ruined my life or my work, in fact, it’s been quite the opposite.

I have a due date. It’s locked in. I now have a deadline for when there will be a new person arriving into our world. I want to make that world is as excellent as possible. Before I fell pregnant I worried such an impending date would fill me with fear, stress and anxiety about the end of my life.

It hasn’t.  

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Winter News, Post Festival Blues

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Feature image from ANNABERGER I find Winter such a wonderful  time to write.  There is nothing like sitting inside beside the fire (the flue that comes up through the floor of my office) and listening to the rain while punching away on the keyboard. Sydney Writers Festival I think I have post Sydney Writers Festival … Read more

Book Reviews

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Critical Reading

I recently started to review works of fiction.  I know that I am probably not qualified to be writing reviews of other books yet, but I it seems like the best way to improve.  This is how we grow.  

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Autumn news, It’s been a long time

It has been a long time, I know. Things have been incredibly busy down here in the home office!  The weather is getting cooler here in New South Wales, which means one thing, it’s almost Writers Festival season. In May I’ll be traveling north to the SYDNEY WRITERS FESTIVAL.  I’m thrilled to have tickets to see … Read more

7 Books Every Emerging Writer Must Read

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Bird by Bird by Anne LaMott I loved reading this book. As an emerging writer, I was inspired by the combination of emotional support, practical advice and inspiration. Lamott has a wonderful perspective on both the daily advice for approaching writing as a job but also the reality of a writer’s life, which has little to do with … Read more

Criticism; And what to do with it

Criticism.  I always knew it was coming.  Every writer, every writing book and everyone tried to prepare me for it.  I have been writing full time for about a year now.  I have been posting content on this, and another site regularly for a long time.  Mostly I have received quite positive feedback, but nothing … Read more