When did you know you wanted to be an editor? An internship in college was my first introduction to the job of Editor. I didn’t even know such a job existed and it was my father’s suggestion that I give it a try. I think working with words is in my DNA, though. My mother […]
We’re excited to launch this new blog on our site as a forum to share our writers’ work, introduce our instructors, and share our thoughts on the writing process. This week, I’m thinking about Toni Morrison again since watching the moving documentary about her life as a writer, “The Pieces I Am.” Have you watched it yet? As usual, Toni’s words and novel excerpts caused both inspiration and envy. As the writer Crystal Wilkinson wrote, “Toni Morrison makes me want to both write forever and never write again. And it’s always been this way.” Read more...
1) When did you know you wanted to be a writer? I know exactly when. On Saturday, June 16, 2007, as an airport shuttle delivered me from Columbus, Ohio, to Kenyon College in Gambier. Until then, I’d written well and a lot, in school and as a teacher. But I’d resisted “being a writer.” The […]
1) When did you know you wanted to be a writer? … Well, the truth is I have always been a writer, but for many years I was deep in the closet. My dad was a newspaper editor, so we always had access to paper and a typewriter, so I spent hours as long as I can remember writing weird stories (and of course that high school period of really bad, angst-ridden poetry). As a film/theatre major I focused on film theory, criticism and playwriting. At a certain point I had surpassed all the classes our school could offer and I was given independent studies in these two areas….
1) When did you know you wanted to be a writer? I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was in elementary school. I wrote a newsletter for my family called “The Pakkala Printer Press.” It told my family about all the goings-on (which, in retrospect, they already knew about)….
1) When did you know you wanted to be a writer? The short answer is, I don’t remember! That’s how long ago it was. It probably started with reading, which was a big activity in my house, but then no one else became a writer (I’m one of seven kids), so I probably have some kind of defective gene. I wrote stories all through school, but got serious about it in my twenties, after moving to NYC….