#032 Story-telling as a tool for effective advocacy with author and writing instructor Andrea Askowitz

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Andrea Askowitz is the author of My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy. Her stories have appeared in The New York TimesSalonThe Rumpus, Huffington Post, AEON, and The Writer, and have aired on NPR and PBS. Andrea produces and hosts the podcast Writing Class Radio. She just finished a new memoir called No One Knows I’m Famous.  

Andrea is a self-professed story-telling missionary and is passionate about helping advocates learn how to effectively tell their story.  

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Understanding how to tell a good story can be really helpful as we advocate for our loved ones with disabilities, navigate systems and build community. People often don’t really get our experience or why we want what we want for our family members. Being able to tell a good story is an important way that we can help people understand, relate and become allies.  

Andrea graciously agreed to join me on the podcast to talk about the power of story-telling and to help me refine one of my stories. And Andrea tells a story or two of her own.  
 
You will no doubt chuckle, you might blush, and you could tear up. And you will definitely understand me just a little better through the stories I share.  

If you are interested in taking an online story-telling writing class with Andrea and I then join the waitlist and get early bird pricing.

You can download Writing Class Radio’s Top 10 Editing Tips here!

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Special thanks to Andrea Askowitz for joining me this week. Until next time! 


Genia Stephen

Started young with a sister with a disability, amazing mentors and a strong mother with a vision. Now a mother to two sons, one of whom has a disability, a midwife to many, and an activist with a mission to band together with families to joyfully pursue the good things in life. Genia’s a registered midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care (student), Speaker, Presenter, Podcast host, and founder of Good Things in Life which offers resources, courses and networking opportunities for a community of parents with a shared vision of the good things in life for their children with disabilities.

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