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Ashley C. Ford, Writer, Editor and Speaker

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7 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:48
    • 2. Writing From Memory

      5:12
    • 3. Reporting on Yourself

      9:39
    • 4. Pulling Memory into the Present

      5:47
    • 5. Creating Memory

      7:10
    • 6. Sharing Your Work

      2:21
    • 7. Start Your Essay

      0:22
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Project Description

Write an essay inspired by a popular song from the year you turned 13.

ASSIGNMENT

Your assignment is to write an essay, inspired by a popular song from the year you turned 13!

Step 1: Read my essay, "When the Monster Saves You."

Step 2: Type the year you were 13 into The Nostalgia Machine. Listen to the first song you recognize from that year's list of hits.

Step 3: Note memories, thoughts, and feelings that come up while listening. It's often helpful to assemble a list of facts from that time. Think about:

  • Where did you live?
  • What year you were in school? Who was your teacher?
  • What significant life events were happening?
  • Who were your friends?
  • What was happening in the news?
  • What were your secrets that year? Are they still secrets? Why?

Step 4: Write an essay on how the experience makes you feel, or tell me the story of your 13th year.

  

DELIVERABLE

Upload your working essay to the project gallery for feedback. You're encouraged to use the space as a true workspace, and update it over time. Consider sharing:

  • Your song
  • Memories and facts list
  • Final draft

  

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