The Fertile Source, the literary e-zine for Catalyst Book Press, is expanding its offerings. Our focus is two-fold, to offer writing courses for mothers who write and to develop a mentoring program for writing moms. At Mother, Writer, Mentor, we hope you’ll find a place to share the layers of your experiences with one another in a safe writing community full of members aspiring to be the best mother and the best writer possible.

Those of us who have come through those early years of sleepless nights and phantom manuscripts know that the most empowering support for maintaining a vision of wholeness and possibility when it comes to the dual role of motherhood and writing comes via the solace of the words and direct experiences of those who have gone down the path ahead of us.

Come join a community of actively writing mothers sharing similar life transition challenges and a simultaneous love of words. As we write and work together, we’ll maintain a connection to our dual focus of rearing children and writing. While we are in the process of developing our content, we’d like to start by offering our introductory classes at a reduced rate. (See course offerings for rates).

Your Guides

Jessica Powers with her son at five months old

Jessica Powers writes for young adults under the moniker J.L. Powers. She is the award-winning author of three novels for young adults, The Confessional, This Thing Called the Future, and Amina. She is also the editor of two anthologies, the award-winning That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone and Labor Pains and Birth Stories: Essays on Pregnancy, Birth, and Becoming a Parent. She is the founder and editor of The Fertile Source, Catalyst Book Press, and The Pirate Tree and believes strongly in the power of writing for both personal and public transformation. Powers has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas-El Paso and has been teaching college-level writing and creative writing since 1996.  Her personal author blog can be read at her website, www.jlpowers.net. A frequent contributor for New Pages, she is currently teaching for Skyline College in California and working as a curriculum consultant for Stanford’s Center for African Studies. You can reach her at jlpowers [at] evaporites {dot} com.


Tania Pryputniewicz on vacation with her 3 children

Tania Pryputniewicz, managing Poetry Editor at The Fertile Source , is the co-founder of Mother Writer Mentor (MWM) and has blogged since 2007 at Feral Mom, Feral Writer where she muses on the art of raising children and surviving marriage while writing; she also co-blogs with writer Mary Allen at Tarot for Two. Pryputniewicz has an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been teaching creative writing since 1992. She teaches poetry workshops for MWM and Transformative Blogging and Tarot and Writing courses for Story Circle NetworkA Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO), and San Diego Writers, Ink. Her debut poetry collection, November Butterfly,was published by Saddle Road Press in 2014. Poetry, fairytales, dreams, tarot and collaboration across forms remain favorite pursuits. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband, three children, blue-eyed Siberian Husky, and two tubby housecats bearing identical sets of stripes.

9 comments for “About

  1. January 26, 2012 at 5:12 am

    How nice to meet you both over my morning tea as I plan my day of juggling hats: mom, writer, teacher, marketer. While I am long past the middle-of-the-night feedings, I still wake up, but now from writer’s insomnia. Looking forward to connecting through your new blog.

    • January 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Thanks, Evelyn! We are also looking forward to the community that is created through this blog and the classes.

  2. Abby
    January 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I will check back when your is underway……it sounds like an excellent idea.

  3. February 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm


    Thanks for joining us. I love the phrase “writer’s insomnia.” Seems the midnight (and later, 2 or 3 a.m.) inspirations are the ones I have to get out of bed to jot down. Welcome.

  4. February 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Abby, hope you will be back…we are set to launch our first round of classes this coming Monday and with some good solid years behind us at The Fertile Source, I’m imagining we’ll have a strong, lively community coming out of the woodwork to join us.

  5. August 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Hello! I got here via She Writes and I am so glad I did. Barbara Rockman’s word eased my soul today. I am a mother writer artist and produce an event for the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers called Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others. I published a collection of women writing motherhood called An Anthology of Babes, just this past March. I also lead writing workshops. I would love to intersect with you here. xo Suzi

    • August 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Suzi, welcome! And so great to hear about the work you’re doing! I have a good writer friend, also a mother, who lives in Amherst. I will have to tell her about your event. When is it? If you ever feel like writing a guest post, let us know.

  6. September 21, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Women, Work, and the Web: How the Web Creates Entrepreneurial Opportunities

    Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press

    Editor: Carol Smallwood, Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012) on Poets & Writers Magazine “List of Best Books for Writers.” Writing After Retirement: Tips by Successful Retired Writers forthcoming from Scarecrow Press.

    Seeking chapters of unpublished work from writers in the U.S. and Canada for an anthology. Interested in such topics as: Women Founding Online Companies; Women Working on the Web With Young Children or Physical Disabilities; Woman’s Studies Resources and Curriculum; Surveys/Interviews of Innovative Women on the Web.

    Chapters of 3,000-4,000 words or two chapters coming to that word count (up to 3 co-authors) on how the Internet has opened doors, leveled the playing field and provided new opportunities for women, are all welcome. Practical, how-to-do-it, anecdotal and innovative writing based on experience how women make money on the Web, further careers. One complimentary copy per chapter, discount on additional copies.

    Please e-mail 2-4 chapter topics each described in two sentences by October 30, 2013, along with a brief bio to smallwood@tm.net Please place INTERNET/Last Name on the subject line; if co-authored, paste bio sketches for each author.

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