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Welcome to Write On Mama!

Write on Mama! is a writing community for mothers of children of all ages and all kinds of writers. I provide a space for mothers to write and think and prompts to get them into a writing flow. If you’re looking to spark a creative practice or need a moment to slow down and be in your own head, this is the place for you.

I offer creative-writing-based programs depending on where you’re at on your motherhood trip. Keep in mind that you don’t have to BE a writer or even LIKE writing to enjoy these sessions!

Creativity is one of the keys to navigating the motherhood journey and a powerful way to notice one’s experience. I like to explore how motherhood is a work in progress — not a box to squeeze ourselves into.

I’m Laura Repo, a songwriter, mother and RMT (30 years exp) based in Toronto, Canada. Writing has been a healing balm on my motherhood trip — showing up as songwriting, poetry, journaling and in groups writing with other mothers. Most recently, my creative practice has centred around drawing flowers, which is also a meditation practice.  My workshops are always a creative way back to your voice.

Here’s what I offer:

One-on-One creative coaching:
Get your creative practice back on track. Let’s look at what’s missing and how we can get you there. I’m passionate about getting mamas into a creative groove. This can also help with getting unstuck on the motherhood trip. $97 for 60 minutes.

Write On Mama! Prompts: Two online writing sessions per month on Zoom: the second WED of the month (PWYC) and the last SUNDAY of the month (PWYC).

Write On Mama! Writing Room

In-person mini-retreat held in a cozy living room. The writing room will allow you to dig deeper into your writing. Prompts provided. Group check-in and sharing writing.  Coffee, tea and snacks included.

$50 or sliding scale. Max 6 participants.

Go Slow Mama: a 4-week session for the early days of mothering, including baby massage, creative writing, relaxation and exploring the family songbook & lullabies. For all kinds of writers with small babies. Group: Four sessions: $197. Mini: $50. Private: $97/hour

Birth Story Poems: How to walk through the birth story, one poem at a time. Experience writing poetry is unnecessary — all kinds of writers/mothers can do this. Group: Four sessions: $197. Mini: $50. Private $97.

Dearest Anxiety: With pen to paper, we’ll write to our anxiety and to the coziness in our lives. Through writing prompts, we’ll invite them both in for tea. This is a co-facilitation with Nina K Moore and me. We come together on the last Monday of the month on Zoom. $20

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Illustration by Marlena Zuber.
www.marlenazuber.com

Write On Mama! is facilitated by Laura Repo.
www.laurarepo.ca

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Past EVENTS with Guests

TRUTH OR RUT? Playful self-inquiry with the innate magic of everyday words with Marina Dempster

Informed by the patterns and cycles of nature, Marina Dempster’s craft is a transmutation of materials, thoughts and emotions. Loop by loop, bead by bead, she explores human paradoxes: comfort and discomfort, stillness and action, acceptance and change.

Marina Dempster is a sculptural fibre artist who makes contemporary objects employing traditional craft techniques. Her playful and vibrant installations are a celebration of the human imagination, showing that renewal and growth are encouraged when a personal practice is conducted in a communal context.

Exhibited internationally in more than a dozen art museums, Dempster was among the artists chosen to represent the ‘Unity & Diversity’ of contemporary Canadian craft at The Cheoungju International Biennale.

Guest session ~ April 2021

Wednesday, April 7th @ 7:30pm

Cecilia Moorcroft Life Coach and Clutter Coach with over 17 years experience helping women move from paralyzing perfectionism to empowered action through her groups, workshops and one-on-one work. She has facilitated groups at CBC, The University Health Network and The University of Toronto on clutter clearing, meditation and self-care as well as helping hundreds of participants clear mountains of clutter through her “F Clutter” online programs. Her warm and empathetic style helps give women the confidence they need to make real and lasting change in their lives. You can find Cecilia at www.spaceforlife.ca.

March 2021

Wed March 3rd @ 7:30pm
Amy Bowers is a transplant to New England from Florida. She stays busy ferrying her three teens all over Connecticut, writing about vernacular photos and backyard murders, and trying to make the perfect pot pie. She used to blog at Mama Scout and has been leading online labs in a creative writing lab for the last ten years.

She completed her MFA in CNF at Bennington and has recent or forthcoming pieces in [PANK], Centered, and the LA Review of Books. Her essay Manual is forthcoming (Fall 2021) in A Harp in the Stars: An Anthology of Lyric Essays, edited by Randon Billings Noble and published by the University of Nebraska Press.

February 2021

Wed Feb 3rd @ 7:30pm
Elana Moscovitch was a participant in the first incarnation of “Write on Mama” — “Writing Through the Twilight Zone”, which started out at The Depanneur on College Street in 2012. She wrote her birth story and the poem ‘Twilight Zone’ during that session. Since then, she has taken several Creative Nonfiction writing classes through the School of Continuing Studies where she learned to write personal essays, memoir and opinion pieces and pitch articles to local newspapers. She also took creative writing courses at Firefly, through George Brown College and Creative Non-Fiction online courses. She writes about Jewish and queer identity, family, parenting and issues related to gender and being a queer family. She has published short essays and pieces in Tablet, the Canadian Jewish News, The Toronto Star, CBC Parent, Teach magazine, Today’s Parent and The Jewish Women’s Archive. She is working on poetry and children’s fiction as well as continuing to write creative non-fiction. Elana will be talking about her writing process and share some ‘borrowed’ prompts for creating the first page of a graphic novel.

Pre-register here: https://writeonmama.com/events/

January 2021

Wednesday, Jan 6th @ 7:00pm

“We’ll write to our anxiety and to the coziness in our lives. Through a series of writing prompts, we’ll invite them both in for tea.” Nina K Moore.

Nina K Moore is a Toronto-based Anxiety Coach. Her mission is to help others better understand, minimize, prevent—and thrive with—their anxiety. Nina’s work is based on her extensive teaching background as well as her lived experience of learning to live—well—with an anxiety disorder. Writing is, for her, a sacred tool for wellness.

Pre-Register here : https://www.ninakmoore.com/writing-workshops

December 2020

Dec 3rd, 2020

“Picture books are short, but they can be intimidating to write. Never fear: In this hour-long seminar with writer Jaclyn Desforges, you’ll learn how to apply techniques from other genres to writing picture books. Whether you’re a poet, a novelist, or completely new to the writing world, this session will offer the guidance you need to get started.”

Jaclyn Desforges is the author of a picture book, Why Are You So Quiet? (Annick Press, 2020), and a forthcoming poetry collection with Palimpsest Press. She is an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia, and her writing has been featured in literary magazines across Canada. She’s currently writing a book of short stories with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

“Picture books are short, but they can be intimidating to write. Never fear: In this hour-long seminar with writer Jaclyn Desforges, you’ll learn how to apply techniques from other genres to writing picture books. Whether you’re a poet, a novelist, or completely new to the writing world, this session will offer the guidance you need to get started.”