MA, author of four memoirs, several children’s books, and thousands of essays and stories. Ms. Friedman’s most recent memoirs are Desperado’s Wife (available on Amazon) and One Souffle at a Time: A Memoir of Food and France (with Anne Willan). She is the founder of the nonprofit POPS the Club and is the editor and publisher of an annual collection of personal essays and poetry, the most recent (2019) is We Got Game. Ms. Friedman is a recipient of the UCLA Extension Outstanding Instructor Award in Creative Writing.
I’ve had the good fortune in my life of studying with some masters—men and women who were both brilliant artists and passionate teachers. What I’ve learned from them is what I try to infuse into my classrooms: That everyone has moments of divine inspiration, that everyone’s work deserves and requires respect and attention, that the pen can be mightier than the sword, that much sweat is required of any task well done, and every one of us will, some days, wish we’d chosen a different path. In the classroom, as elsewhere, I like to think of myself as part physical and mental trainer, part colleague, part master and, always, a student of humanity.
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