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True stories from my life.

The Things We Carried — To the Southern Foodways Alliance Fall Symposium

By Sarah White With apologies to Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried, a Vietnam war novel/memoir that I was reading while on this jaunt. Bold sentences are lifted from his opening pages and used as writing prompts. Soleil Ho, … Continue reading

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Shaving My Legs

By Sarah White The following is a Flash memoir I wrote guided by the prompt, “What is your earliest memory of your longest love partner? ” I intended to create an example of object writing.   Jimmy thumbed loose the … Continue reading

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Halifax Redux

By Sarah White I’m taking a four-part self-guided workshop with Creative Nonfiction this month, titled “Playing with Patterns: Crafting the Braided & Collage Essays.” The intent is to draw us into examining the creative potential of juxtaposing themes through collage … Continue reading

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Frank Dreams Big

By Sarah White In 1998 I began taking Italian conversation classes at the Italian Workingman’s Club on Regent Street, on Madison’s near-west side. In the class I met Frank. He lived not far from me on the east side, so … Continue reading

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The Business of Being a Writer – Sarah Style

I’ve got nothing fresh to post today. I’m too busy being a working writer. A few weeks ago I posted a review of The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman. In it she lays out how most working writers … Continue reading

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What is Guided Autobiography? How do I teach it?

“Guided Autobiography” is where it all began for me–one book that got me started on leading reminiscence writing workshops. The year was 2004. I’d just heard about Guided Autobiography from the first personal historian I met–shout-out to Anita Hecht–who recommended … Continue reading

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Soul Searching at the Thessalonia Baptist Church

“America has always had a problem with racism,” said the guide for the benefit of the foreign tourists, which was everybody on the bus but me that January Sunday morning as we left Times Square on the Harlem Gospel Spirituality … Continue reading

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