How did it all begin?
Ten weeks pregnant and with a toddler at home, I started my MFA program at Goddard College. It was the craziest choice I've ever made. Although I knew well what pursuing a dream of becoming a writer meant for a woman, especially a full-time mom of small children, my desire became inevitable, and I couldn't ignore it. So for two and a half years, I searched for ways to write alongside my growing daughters, relying on the support of my family and my community of writers.
However, writing proved to be a solitary occupation; inspiration comes and goes, and resistance, like a beast, growls at us from every corner.
A writer needs space (not always physical), a community of similar minds, and a cheering team to keep writing. And a mom writer needs all the help she can get.
I created MAMA WRITES in 2016 to inspire and encourage women writers and to help them navigate their artistic journeys.
And I am honored to have those same women guide, encourage, and inspire me back.
MAMA WRITES is a holistic group and individual mentorship program for women who write, whether they are starting or have been practicing writing their whole life.
MAMA WRITES classes are structured but fun and I have learned so much from Alex about the craft of writing.
MAMA WRITES classes push me to write more and more frequently.
I look forward to MAMA WRITES every week. Alexandra inspires me to go beyond what I thought I could do with writing and creates a safe environment to share pieces and ideas.
From MAMA WRITES classroom
Kiana McCrackin is a mama writer, photographer, cloud gazer, tree lover. Kiana records the experience of being a woman/mother/wife and the emotions that come with those roles. She grew up in Alaska, has lived all over the west coast, and currently resides in South Dakota where she is discovering what the wind has to say.
Follow Kiana on Instagram @she_arranges_words
Andrle Ward lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, son, and small dog. A poet since childhood, she now enjoys reading and writing across genres, including speculative fiction and personal essays. She loves spending time with her family, learning about minimalism, and caring for her houseplants.
Follow Andrle on Instagram @andrpant