Influential Writing Mentor Dies

Influential Writing Mentor Dies

Caroline Rosenstone. Dedication to Rosenstone and handwritten note from former student Natalie Beach in a new book of essays. Caroline Rosenstone, who created and then for over three decades directed a program that turned high schoolers into skilled essayists and critics, died this week at the age of 70. The cause of death is not officially known, and is believed to have been a ​“cardiac event,” according to a close friend, Sari Rosenblatt, who is making funeral arrangements. Rosenstone created the program in 1985 at the Educational Center for Arts (ECA), the Audubon Street-based regional afternoon high school program. Rosenstone continued to run the program until her retirement in June 2019, recruiting professional writers to join her in conducting college-style workshops to guide high-schoolers in fashioning long-form and nonfiction pieces and supportively critiquing each other's work. Natalie Beach, one of Rosenstone's former students, found Rosenstone's body Tuesday night when she and her family were paying her a visit at the Autumn Street home where Rosenstone lived since 1979. The Beach family, who live on the same one-block East Rock street, had arranged the visit with their longtime neighbor Rosenstone so Natalie could present her with a newly published book of essays . Natalie had dedicated the book to Rosenstone, as well as to her sister Charlotte, another ECA alumna-turned-writer, and journalist parents Jennifer Kaylin and Randall Beach. The family arranged to visit around 6:30. Natalie checked in with Rosenstone by phone a half hour earlier, Randall ten minutes later. When they arrived, no one answered the front door. They eventually entered through an open back door. They called Rosenstone's name. Receiving no response, they dialed her number — and heard her phone ring on the first floor. Finally Natalie and her mom went upstairs, where they found Rosenstone on the floor, unresponsive. Randall called 911. EMTs worked on her for half an hour. Neighbors, some of whom like Rosenstone have lived on the block for decades and grown close, had gathered outside the house. “I was so waiting for them to say, ​‘We're taking her […]

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