Beginning March 5th, we want to have a conversation about what midlife is like for women — all kinds of women — in 2018.
So many of us are worried and uncertain -- about money, about our futures. We're angry -- about a disappearing safety net, about continuing inequality in the workplace and within our families, about the current state of our world. We're anxious -- about parenting our children, about our aging parents, about our marriages and friendships. We're afraid of becoming irrelevant and invisible. And we're overwhelmed by everything that needs to get done each day.
At the same time, we desperately want to be hopeful about what the next half of life has in store for us.
This is not a class just for "writers" — although we will have additional course options for writers who want to dig in more deeply into these topics and even publish their writing.
This is a four-week long discussion class. It starts March 5th.
In the fall, we created a survey, asking women to describe their feelings about and experiences of midlife. We received hundreds of responses, many of which we'll share in this course. Like us, you may recognize yourself in many of these women's stories. For example, here's what one Gen-X woman told us:
"At a time in my life when I am 'sandwiched' — care-taking of both children and aging, ill parents — I struggle with trying to carve out enough time and emotional space to figure out who the hell I get to be in all this. The world has erupted in an ugliness that has been simmering and stewing and boiling over for millenia and is not a safe refuge for so many of us. So I wonder who I am in my own life, who I am to my family, who I am in the world when I am just so depleted from running so hard -- not to live my 'best life' (which would be wonderful) but just to get through the day trying to tip the world or my little part of it toward the light."
We want to start a discussion. You're not alone.
This four-week class will begin March 5th.
Each week of the class will consist of three components:
This will be a highly interactive discussion group. The instructors and participants will share ideas and experiences and give feedback to every student.
What HerStories Project students have said about other classes:
"The best online course I've had for memoir. In five years of taking writing workshops, Jessica's class was the hands on and specifics I'd been looking for. Classes in the past had too much time spent on feedback for the work of others and not enough time spent on building skills with exercises specific for that part of writing."
"I learned so much from the Personal Essay Writing Bootcamp! I have more tools in my writer's work box, which has also given me greater confidence. I'm inspired to go deeper with my feelings and my writing."
"I love the class! Having never taken an online writing class before I found it to be very quite informative and helpful. I learned a great deal and was able to pull this through into my writing."
"A hands-on, practical and communal course that solidified my appreciation for personal essays and the women who write them."
"Jessica and Stephanie led us through essay writing in small, manageable steps. I found this method really helpful as I am often overwhelmed by the blank page. I have taken many on-line classes and this was one of the few times that I did not overwhelmed and loose track of the process. I had a great experience working with Jessica and the other writers."
"I've taken many writing classes with lots of great teachers but every technique presented in this class was something new for me. The lessons were fresh with lots of very concrete instructions and specific assignments, all of which made me a much better and more focused writer. Thank you!"
Jessica and Stephanie are the founders and co-editors of the HerStories Project, a writing and publishing community for women.