Writing Out Loud: What a Blind Teacher Learned from Leading a Memoir Class for Seniors

Writing Out Loud: What a Blind Teacher Learned from Leading a Memoir Class for Seniors

by Beth Finke


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Writing Out Loud: What a Blind Teacher Learned from Leading a Memoir Class for Seniors by Beth Finke

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998442921
Publisher: Golden Alley Press
Publication date: 04/30/2017
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 353,795
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Beth Finke is an award-winning author, teacher, and journalist. She also happens to be blind.

Beth's Seeing Eye dog, Whitney, leads her through airports and hotels to events all over North America to speak on memoir writing, disability, workplace accessibility, and overcoming adversity. Audiences have included PepsiCo, American Library Association, United Stationers, Easterseals, The Seeing Eye, University of Chicago Medical School, and Carnegie Mellon University.

In summer, Beth can be found leading writing workshops at the Northwestern University Summer Writers' Conference and at Chicago's Printers Row Lit Fest.

She is the recipient of a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the ASPCA's Henry Bergh award for children's literature. The Lisagor Award Beth won for a radio piece about the Chicago White Sox makes her the only blind woman in America to be honored for sports broadcasting, and she appeared on the Oprah Show in a short segment about working as a nude model for university art students before her writing career took off.

Beth is married to Mike Knezovich. They have one grown son, Gus, and live in the Printers Row neighborhood of Chicago with Beth's Seeing Eye dog, Whitney.

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SharonM66 11 months ago
What a wonderful book !! Writing Out Loud appeals to me for three different reasons: (1) I am currently working on my own memoir, (2) I am facilitating a senior memoir writing group beginning next month; and (3) I am losing my sight. Beth writes beautifully from the heart, bringing the members of her writing group to life, fully engaging the reader. I feel a part of her class while reading, and wish I was present physically to meet everyone. As for my current situation with significant vision loss which is leading to complete blindness, I am interested in Beth's descriptions of getting from place to place with her guide dog, how the dog settles in for the class, and how they live daily life in their special pairing. The incredible work guide dogs do never ceases to amaze me. In that way, the book is giving me strength and hope. Thank you, Beth, for writing such a lovely book. I enjoyed your writing so completely that I've ordered "Long Time, No See" and eagerly await its arrival in my mailbox. I highly recommend "Writing Out Loud" to memorists and facilitators alike.