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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2017 Beth Finke (P)2017 Beth Finke
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Critic Reviews

"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, PhD, best-selling author of Strong Women Stay Young)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-04-18

A Captivating Story

Writing Out Loud brings to mind the tales of beloved elders gathered around the family table while enjoying dessert. The warm and chatty narration draws the reader into that gathering. In taking the risk to teach, Beth is rewarded with insights not only into her students' lives, but also into the events of the past century which continue to influence and enrich our own.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bruce on 11-20-17

Smiling, Laughing, and Crying out Loud

Beth Finke’s Latest book is a collection of short stories that run the gamut of emotions from A to Z. Every chapter is a gemstone of humanity, authored and carefully polished too it’s Ultimate luster by Ms. Finke or one of her students from her “Me, Myself and I“ Writers Workshops. The book is beautifully narrated by Robin Sitten, Who occasionally uses subtle foreign and regional accents to add additional depth to
Some of the characters. Upon the release of “Writing Out Loud”, it rose to the top of my reading list. After 4 hours of nonstop listening I had to take a break only to say thank you to Ms. Finke for a fascinating and inspirational book. If I lived in Chicago I would sign up for her memoir writing workshop!

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