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My Favorite Place? In class with memoir writers

July 23, 201621 CommentsPosted in careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, teaching memoir, writing prompts

The living room couch with an afghan nearby. Jamaica in the 1950s. Our backyard in the 1950s. A sandy cliff on Grenada. Petra. The woods near the family farm. The dining room table. A rocking chair. A Buddhist temple. A Wisconsin monastery. A Catholic church. Anywhere with trees. Grannie’s Jackson Heights apartment. Our garden. Eating […]

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The writers in my memoir classes all deserve Oscars

March 9, 20166 CommentsPosted in careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, teaching memoir, writing prompts

During Oscars week this year I asked the seniors in the memoir-writing classes I lead to choose a title of one of the films nominated for best picture and use it as the topic for their next essay. The Big Short: Know any short people with big personalities? Any stories about investments? Short circuits? Brooklyn: […]

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Who would you want to read your memoir?

September 5, 20158 CommentsPosted in careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, teaching memoir, writing prompts

If you’ve followed our blog for a while, you know who Wanda Bridgeforth is: She’s witty, she’s talented, she’s 93 years old and she’s been attending the memoir-writing class I lead in downtown Chicago for a decade now. When Wanda was growing up on the South Side of Chicago, her mother worked “in private family,” […]

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