"There is nothing better than a blank page." written by visitor J.V. Handy on a typewriter at the American Writers Museum in Chicago.

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! 


A Blank Page

There is nothing better than a blank page.

J.V. Handy


Making a Change

After living alone for a decade she determined to make a change. Maybe even leave Chicago. But first she would have another cup of coffee.

Of course, wasn’t that her usual excuse – another cup of coffee, the floor needed to be washed, etc. – until the day was over, the coffee pot was empty, or, more  likely, until the feeling passed. She was no stranger to ennui.


Pubs in Dublin

There once was an old man who lived on Pucker Lane. Everyday, he would walk down the lane to  sit in the cool breeze of the water’s mist coming off the rocky shore.

As the sun went down, he decided to go to the nearest bar, but upon finding the bar closed, he ventured onward. The next closest bar was his least favorite, but as he was in desperate need of a drink, he proceeded. The pubs in Dublin are often controlled by different groups of the mafia and people hardly ever risked showing bad faith by disrespecting their neighborhood’s gang. William simply could not be bothered today. As he slowly made his  way down the barren dirt roads towards Creek’s bar, William lamented on his awful day.

As soon as  he entered the bar, the bartender stopped him – “one shot and you are gone. You should have known better than to come here, Bill.”

One thought on “AWM Story of the Week

  1. Michele Egan says:

    A Blank Page

    “Could be. Could be. But you still have to place the first word if you wish to reach the last word SUBMIT.”

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