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Writing Memoir

With Deanna R. Adams, author of Confessions of a Not-so-Good Catholic Girl, featuring guest host Alanna Klapp


Memoir has become hugely popular in the last few years. In this episode of The Writing Show, guest host Alanna Klapp and author Deanna R. Adams explore some of the issues involved in this most personal form of writing.

Deanna Adams is a freelance writer, essayist, writing instructor, and speaker whose articles and essays have been published in Ohio Magazine, Writer's Digest, Northern Ohio Live, The Plain Dealer, Sesame Street Parents Magazine, Soho Magazine, Lake County Business Journal, Today’s Family, Lake Erie Living Magazine, and other publications. She also contributed an article on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia.

Deanna's first book, Rock n’ Roll and the Cleveland Connection, published by Kent State University Press, was a finalist for the 2003 ARSC Award (Association for Recorded Sound Collections) for excellence in research, and a 2003 finalist for the Ohioana Book Award for nonfiction.

Her latest book, Confessions of a Not-So-Good Catholic Girl, is a collection of true stories about growing up a baby boomer in the Midwest.

Deanna is an instructor at Lakeland Community College and director of the Western Reserve Writers' Conference and the Women Writers’ Winter Retreat.

On June 19, 2009, Deanna Adams was recognized with an Ohio Excellence in Journalism Award by the Press Club of Cleveland.

Interviewee: Deanna R. Adams
Host: Alanna Klapp
Date: September 27, 2009
Running time: 30:32
File size: 15 megabytes
Rating: G
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