On Writing the Personal on the SI Media Podcast

Aug 17, 2017 | News | 0 comments

WRITERS ALERT: Episode 132 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Mitch Albom in conversation with host Richard Deitsch, discussing the most personal piece he’s ever written—the story of the five-year-old girl Mitch and his wife, Janine, brought to the U.S. from Haiti. Chika was diagnosed with a DIPG brain tumor in May of 2015 in Haiti, and lived 23 months before passing away last April. The piece was published in the Detroit Free Press in June 2017. Read it here.

Mitch and Richard discuss why he decided to write about Chika; how to approach writing a piece about the death of a child; the pain of writing about the death of a loved one; and other process questions.


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Mitch Albom writes about running an orphanage in impoverished Port-au-Prince, Haiti, his kids, their hardships, laughs and challenges, and the life lessons he’s learned there every day.

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