Topics tried and true
We enjoyed Ian Frazier's piece on conducting a writers' workshop at a church soup kitchen ("Hungry Minds," The New Yorker; May 26, 2008; page 56). Among the subjects most successful over the years are these: "How I Came to New York," "If I Haddn't Seen It, I Wouldn't Have Believed It," "Shoes," "The Other Me," and "My Best Mistake." "My First Love" was too fraught. I could write about shoes and about how I came to New York. I can't think of anything in connection with "I Wouldn't Have Believed It." About the others, I'm not sure.