Mothers Before
with Edan Lepucki in Glassell Park

Glassell Park
One Saturday
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
June 1, 2019


Who was your mother before she became a mother, and how can you shape a cohesive and compelling narrative from myth, history, fantasy, and evidence? This one-day seminar, inspired by the Mothers Before Instagram and forthcoming anthology of the same name, will provide the opportunity to explore these questions while also diving into such craft elements as character, detail, and summary v. dramatization. You will be asked to bring to the class one or two photographs of your mother before she became a mother; with these, you will do generative exercises designed to help understand both the image of your mother as she was—and your perceptions of her at various points in your own life. We will also read and analyze published writers on their own mothers, and discuss the many ways to depict human beings—in all their complicated, messy glory—on the page. 

This seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in Glassell Park where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 for new students; $120 for returning students

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Writing Workshops Los Angeles was founded by Edan Lepucki. Her debut novel California was a New York Times bestseller, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great Reads pick, and an Amazon best book of the month. Her second novel, Woman No. 17, was named a notable book of the year by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and POPSUGAR. Edan holds an MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and she has taught at the University of Iowa, Oberlin College, the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, the Squaw Valley Writers Conference, and the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in Esquire, McSweeney’s, the Los Angeles Times, Kenyon Review, and the New York Times, among other publications, and she’s a contributing editor at The Millions. She has also published a novella, If You’re Not Yet Like Me. To contact Edan, email