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Writing Challenge #13: An Interview with a MyEC Member


For this writing challenge you will need a partner! You are going to interview your partner about a topic of your choice. You can choose any member of MyEC to be your partner.

Your task:
1) Send a message to one of your friends requesting an interview.

Example message: Hi Salim (my partner's name). Can I interview you for Writing Challenge #13? You will have to answer five questions. The interview will be published on my MyEC blog.

2) Think of an interesting topic for your interview. You might want to look at your partner's page for inspiration. Write 5 interesting questions related to your topic. Send these interview questions to your MyEC friend. Make sure these questions are NOT simple yes/no or one word answer questions.

Topic examples:
The Swine Flu
Life as an English Learner
Seasons in Spain
Family Traditions
Your Favourite Music
Your education
Your Job

Question examples:
What do you do for a living?
What made you decide to become a teacher?
Where would you like to travel and why?
What is it like living in Japan?

3) Wait for your partner's response. When you receive a response, open a new blog page and copy and paste the questions and answers. You can even request a photo to go with the interview. If you fix any major mistakes, discuss the corrections with your partner. (If you do not receive a response to your questions in a few days, change your partner.)

4) Publish the interview (questions and answers) on your blog. Use this title in your blog:
Writing Challenge #13: An Interview with _________ (member name) about _______ (topic)

5) Come back to this page and add a link to your interview in the comments below! Please visit other interviews and leave comments for all of the writers who participate. Feel free to do more than one interview!

Salim's Cats

Writing Challenge #13: An Interview with Salim about the Loss of his Cats.

Tara: I was very sorry to hear you lost some pets last month. Can you describe what happened?

Salim: Well,cats are curious and that's what kills them.I used to have fourteen cats. A few weeks ago,one of them started to vomit and hid himself. Then,I found him dead the next day.The same happened with three other ones even if I took them to a vet he couldn't find the sickness.

Tara: How are you feeling now?

Salim: I'm so sad,because I raised them since their first days on earth.You feel as if you lost a part of yourself.

Tara: Do you have any advice for cat owners?

Salim: Yes,always look after them. Never let them get in some place where they can find unhealthy stuff.

Tara: What was the most difficult part about this loss?

Salim: They used to make a lot of sweet noise while playing,they used to enter from the balcony,the windows. But now,all these things are over.

Tara: You must be an animal lover if you have that many kitties. Can you tell us about your other pets?

Salim: I have a canary,a turtle,some pigeons,and so many goldfinches because they are so popular here.

Thank you Salim for agreeing to take part in this interview. May your beloved kitties rest in peace.
*Photo courtesy of Salim

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Comment by Tara Benwell on December 7, 2009 at 18:17
Hi Manuela,

One problem is the phrase "made a research". Can you (or any other writer here) try to fix this?

Also, "brush up" is usually used for a skill that we have lost or forgotten. I think "just to refresh our memory" is the best way to phrase it.

Great effort!
Comment by Forget-me-Not on December 5, 2009 at 17:36
Hello Tara,
I don't know if you missed the interview or if i did send the link to the comment on Writing challenge. I still have problems to manage this website !!!

Now about the editing challenge you gave me : i can feel there is something wrong in those two sentences but i can not really tell you what. So I re-wrote them with the hope they mean what my friend Selma wanted to say.

"I made a research into the trusted source before writing path. Just for a little brush up our memory to recollect quickly."
I tried to stay as close as possible to Selma's sentences.

I made a research among trustable sources before writing them down here, just to help our memory to quickly recall.

Thanks for giving us your time.
Comment by Tara Benwell on December 5, 2009 at 5:53
Thanks Kieu! Hope to see both of you at #14.
Comment by Kieu on December 5, 2009 at 1:05
Hi Tara,

As your advice, I add the link.
Please open the link below for challenge # 13.

An interview with Mehdi

Thank you
Comment by Tara Benwell on December 4, 2009 at 17:00
Thank you to everyone who took part in this fun challenge! Even though I just posted a new challenge, I hope you won't forget about #13 (my personal favourite so far). Please continue to interview new friends and members and add your link here.

Great writing everyone!
Comment by Tara Benwell on November 26, 2009 at 16:37
Salim: Thanks for helping Miki out by providing the link. It's such a fantastic interview. Please read it everyone!
Comment by Hardi on November 24, 2009 at 8:30
Well, I'm not sure if this meets all of the requirements, for writing challenge 13, but I indeed had a interview with Yummy. The Interview with cat.
Comment by Tara Benwell on November 23, 2009 at 1:28
Hi Tala,
The spelling you are looking for is "whether" . :) The word "weather" is only used to describe the temperature or conditions outside (sunny, mild, humid, cool...).
This is a common spelling error, so I'm glad we could use it as a reminder here! :)
Comment by Tara Benwell on November 21, 2009 at 18:09
Thank you to all of the most recent interviewers and interviewees! I hope you all are taking the time to click on the link and leave a comment for our hard working writers. This has been so much fun. I've left additional little writing challenges at some of the interviews. Feel free to help out the interviewers!
Comment by belajar on November 21, 2009 at 17:03
Dear Tara, Please find my interview with Christiawan.
Thank you very much.
Have a good one.


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