I returned from my maternity leave today and got right back into teaching. Today in my nonfiction course, we were introducing the differences between memoir (which they have already studied) and personal essay (which is the unit we are beginning now). I introduced one of the major differences as this: memoir is a story about your life, while personal essay is a story about a topic, which includes information about your life. As an experiment, I asked my students to think of a favorite song. I played one of mine: Queen and David Bowie’s “Under Pressure.” Then, I demonstrated how my writing process varies when I approach memoir vs. when I write a personal essay. I used “Under Pressure” as a starting off point.…