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Writing Out Loud: What a Blind Teacher Learned from Leading a Memoir Class for Seniors Paperback – April 30, 2017
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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
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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Beth weaves in the story of her adaptation to blindness and the hoops she has to jump through with iterations of seeing dogs as well as her abundant accomplishments. Her participation with NPR and WBEZ story- telling is inspirational. Having read books often set in NYC or elsewhere than in Chicago, I also enjoyed our "Second city" being in lime light through her writing. I enjoyed the depiction of the senior writer Minerva. Towards the end, as there are so many senior writers and their stories, I must admit that I lost track of them as my mind had to switch from one story to the other as I kept at it. Overall, it is a delight to read about the art of encouraging others who are finding fulfillment and human connectivity through the art of writing mini autobiographies of 500 words. It is a unique book, written by a unique woman, who refused to be trumped by blindness or any misfortune for that matter. She, instead, used those as a source of challenges to overcome. She is a force of life.
interactions. The author does a great job of
weaving the senior's writing assignments and histories together with her own essays and life experiences as a blind teacher/writer. Our society is so quick to ignore our elder citizens and assume they have nothing left to contribute. This book shows how wrong that assumption is. The senior writers' essays really are good. Their present lives and past experiences are amazing. I highly recommend this book.