Essay by Winnie Yeung in Quill and Quire
Winnie Yeung has an essay in this month’s issue of Quill and Quire, about the challenges and rewards of writing someone else’s story:
I am not a writer by profession, but literature is my passion. I teach English language arts and ESL in an Edmonton junior high school. Usually, when I ask my students to write about their lives, even just their summer vacations, I’m met with whining. “I don’t know what to write!” So I was delighted when, one day in my office, a Grade 9 student named Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, who had fled the civil war in Syria, shared his secret wish: “I want to tell my story.”
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