Students on a field trip at the American Writers Museum in Chicago learn how to write on typewriters

AWM Story of the Week

Every week, the AWM is excited to bring you stories written by our visitors in our Story of the Day exhibit, which features typewriters that visitors can interact with directly. Check back weekly for new stories, and visit the Museum to try out our typewriters and possibly be featured here! School started for the Chicago Public School District this week, and we’re excited to share these visitor thoughts on why field trips at the AWM are great!

Thank You Note from a Teacher

We hope to see some students from Parkway Central High School very soon!

This is a thank you note from my students at Parkway Central High School. Yes, their English teacher wrote this note for them and some of them have yet to meet me. I have already decided that there will be some additions and deletions to my 2019 lesson plans. Thank you for the inspiration.

P.S. If Rex Freter, my Typing teacher, sees this letter I did not look at the keyboard the entire time I wrote this.

Wishing for a School Paper…

We can’t believe that this graduated adult actually wanted to go back to school just because of our typewriters! We can only hope that field trips will get just as excited about school work after visiting.

Because I am using a typewriter, I think this automatically makes me a good writer. I wish I was back in school right about now so I could start some humanities assignment. Alas

I will have to type out a stream of consciousness thoughts instead because it is so fun to just hit these keys and make lots of noise.

type type typeity type type

suck it Hemingway

Also while here I learned that apparently Huxley is form England and I couldn’t even fill out a bookmark with my top favorite autors because he ain’t american!

Goddamn I want a typewriter now. Time to look on Amazon. I think my grandma had one but she must have sold it so booo

Taking Time to Get Used to it

Just like getting used to being back in school, typewriters take a little bit of time to get used to. We heard that Ray Bradbury could type 120 words per minute, and sometimes kids on field trips look like they’re giving him a run for his money. Keep working on it, and you’ll get there, just like school!

Let’s begin. It is very hard to type on a typewriter. Why didn’t they just use a pencil? Typing on a computer is faster than writing longhand, but there is no way this particular typewriter is faster, right? Maybe it just takes some time to get used to it.

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