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My Students

What Happens in Writing Class Transcends Writing Class

by Memoir Mentor on November 16, 2011

All memoir writing teachers soon discover they’re teaching far more than a writing class. While writing a personal history may be the project that initially draws people to the class, something far more important and meaningful keeps them coming back, again and again. One of my students approached me yesterday and said, “When I leave […]

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I love when my students enfuse their stories with the atmosphere and attitudes of the place and era in which they occurred. Set in their historical context, stories become more complex and meaningful, and generally more emotionally powerful for the reader. My students were moved by the story that follows, written by Hal Prange, a […]

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Writing about Early Romances and Adolescent Crushes

by Memoir Mentor on July 24, 2011

Summer may bring back memory of summer romances. There was that attractive person you met at summer camp, or at the beach during high school, or on vacation at your grandparents’ house. Maybe it developed into something–a few dates, letters back and forth for awhile, thoughts of that person when you lay in bed at […]

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