Lessons in Writing from My Literary Grandmother

Dedicated to my grandmother

Manny Vallarino
Sep 7, 2020 · 11 min read

I recently decided to write a series of Lessons pieces for the people who are closest to me and who are still here. After all, they’ve taught me the most important lessons I’ve learned. This is the second piece of that series. The first piece was on what my Galician grandfather has taught me about personal finance.

My grandmother is one of the few geniuses I know. Growing up, I knew she had written books, I knew she had earned a graduate degree in Spanish Literature with a full…