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Come this Friday and get a history lesson from Audrey

July 26, 20174 CommentsPosted in book tour, careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, public speaking

Hey! I’m doing another Writing Out Loud event in Chicago this Friday, and Audrey Mitchell (a writer from the “Me, Myself and I” class I lead at the Chicago Cultural Center) is going to be with me at this one, too: Friday, July 28, 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm Ditka’s Restaurant, 100 E. Chestnut I’ll be […]

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Come see me at The Book Cellar in Chicago this Wednesday evening, July 19

July 15, 2017CommentsPosted in book tour, careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, Mike Knezovich, Mondays with Mike, public speaking, Whitney

One of my favorite Indie bookstores in Chicago (outside of Sandmeyer’s, right down the street here in Printers Row) is The Book Cellar in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. The Book Cellar is my kind of store. Suzy, the owner, is a caring woman who supports local authors, the thoughtful bookworms Suzy hires are happy to […]

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We were hot at Printers Row Lit Fest

June 15, 201711 CommentsPosted in book tour, careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, public speaking, writing

I assured the standing-room-only crowd at our Getting Your Memoir Off the Ground session at Printers Row Lit Fest Sunday morning that their wait for 95-year-old panelist Wanda Bridgeforth would be worth it. “Funny thing was, Wanda Jr. was waiting for me upstairs,” Wanda told me later. “And I was waiting for her downstairs!” My […]

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Two opportunities this weekend to meet memoir-writers you know from Writing Out Loud

June 7, 2017CommentsPosted in book tour, careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, public speaking, writing

Those of you who have read Writing Out Loud know that essays by the writers in the memoir classes I lead are sprinkled throughout the book. This week you have a couple of opportunities to meet some of those writers in person: Bruce and Anne Hunt (Writing Out Loud readers will know them from Ch. […]

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The right dog at the right time

April 21, 201711 CommentsPosted in blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, Dora, guide dogs, Hanni, Harper, public speaking, Seeing Eye dogs, travel, visiting schools, Whitney

Just got back from Champaign, Illinois — I gave a presentation to an Animal Sciences class at the University of Illinois yesterday. I speak to this class once a semester, and this time I spent a fair amount of the hour going over some of the qualifications necessary to become a guide dog instructor. Most […]

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