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A writing exercise that opened a world

The Writer, August 2009

The editor of a literary journal looks back on a point-of-view assignment from Susan Cheever that led to an award-winning essay.

By Jocelyn Bartkevicius

"It started with unspeakable tragedy: my uncle, beloved, gregarious, so alive, killed in an accident at our family business. It ended with the best writing assignment I've ever tried... "

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