Worth Writing About Exploring Memoir with Adolescents Jake Wizner


Published: 2015

166 pages


Worth Writing About Exploring Memoir with Adolescents  by  Jake Wizner

Worth Writing About Exploring Memoir with Adolescents by Jake Wizner
2015 | | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 166 pages | ISBN: | 5.11 Mb

I was supposed to be born on Hitler’s birthday. To my mother’s great relief, I arrived late and was born on Freud’s birthday instead. My parents wanted to name me Max, but my grandfather, a Holocaust refugee, strenuously objected, saying the name sounded too German. My original birth certificate read Baby Boy Wizner.My mother was a college dean, and I spent the first ten years of my life living in a dormitory.

I ate meals in the college dining hall, explored the campus tunnels, and became a foosball prodigy, sharpening my skills against opponents more than twice my age. Occasionally, I would sleepwalk around the dormitory at night, and be picked up by drunk students returning from parties in the early morning hours.I went to Wesleyan University, and it was in one of my English classes that I made my first serious attempt at writing fiction. I was immensely proud of the piece I had submitted and remember smiling confidently at the student next to me as our professor returned our work.

He got an A. I got a B-. After college, he dubbed himself Lemony Snicket and became the second most famous children’s book author in the world. I moved to New Orleans to teach public school, dubbed myself the Phantom Bard, and chronicled my experiences in the local Teach for America newsletter.Since 1996, I have been an eighth grade teacher at a public middle school in New York City.

I live in Manhattan with my wife and children.

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