Writing Out Loud (Paperback)

What a Blind Teacher Learned from Leading a Memoir Class for Seniors

By Beth Finke

Golden Alley Press, 9780998442921, 380pp.

Publication Date: April 30, 2017

List Price: 17.95*
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You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll write.

She's never taught a class in her life. But when the City of Chicago calls on blind writer Beth Finke to teach a memoir-writing class for older adults, she reluctantly agrees. What she learns about her students, their stories, and herself will move and inspire you.

Written the way Beth hears life, you will come to know and love Minerva, Wanda, Hannelore, and the whole colorful cast of characters who build a community around Beth's classes.

Generously sprinkled with excerpts in her students' own voices, Beth's book will convince you to get your own stories down on paper while there's still time.

Honest, lyrical, and funny ... a beautifully-felt and deeply moving tribute to the ways sharing life stories can connect us with others, and sometimes, with ourselves.

-Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D.
Bestselling author of Strong Women Stay Young