Archive for the “teaching memoir” Category

Attention last-minute shoppers: here’s how to send an e- book as a gift

December 21, 2017CommentsPosted in Flo, memoir writing, Mike Knezovich, parenting a child with special needs, Seeing Eye dogs, teaching memoir, travel

Mike, Seeing-Eye dog Whitney and I are taking a train to Wisconsin tomorrow to visit our son Gus for the weekend, and while we’re away our niece Janet and her kids are staying at our place to enjoy Christmassy Chicago. So, like so many others, Mike and I are running around packing, shopping and cleaning. […]

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Write about something in your closet

December 15, 201710 CommentsPosted in careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, teaching memoir, writing prompts

Writers in my classes who are downsizing into smaller apartments or senior living centers come to class musing about all the stuff they’ve accumulated over the years. What do they leave behind, I wonder. How do they decide? I also wonder what writing assignment I might give to prompt them to answer those questions. Wonder […]

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Guest post: Papa’s black leather jacket

November 29, 20177 CommentsPosted in careers/jobs for people who are blind, guest blog, memoir writing, teaching memoir, writing prompts

Here’s one last essay I want to share from the “The Best thing I Ever Bought, Borrowed or Stole” assignment I gave to my memoir-writing classes. This one is written by Michael Graff, who grew up in a suburb of Chicago called Flossmoor. The “Pink House” he refers to in his story is their family’s […]

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What’s the best thing you ever bought, borrowed or stole?

November 11, 20178 CommentsPosted in careers/jobs for people who are blind, guest blog, memoir writing, politics, teaching memoir, writing prompts

This week I asked writers in my memoir classes to put together 500-word essays about the best thing they ever bought, borrowed or stole. Essays came back about a yoyo, a wedding dress, college educations, a maternity dress, a black walnut dining table, condos with lake views, a black leather jacket, artwork, a stylish mmauve […]

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