Meet our new instructor, Cara Wall.
What's your favorite book and why?
I like long, character driven novels I can sink into, like The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert and Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett. What do you love about writing?
I love words, I love living inside the emotional lives of my characters, I love the hard, painstaking work of living half in and half out of my own life in order to be the scribe for a story. What do you hate about writing? I find it really hard to move from my daily life into the creative realm. The transition always feels deeply unsettling, and I resist it more often than not—even though I know writing is my life’s work and one of the most satisfying things I will ever do. Talk about your writing process? Are you structured? Organic?
My writing process requires a lot of baked goods. I need comfort cakes or cookies to convince me to retreat from daily life to writing.Technically, I do years of freewriting, longhand, in spiral notebooks. I don’t think or write linearly—I jump around from character to character and scene to scene. Once I feel like I know every character’s full arc, I begin the nearly impossible (for me) process of weaving everything into an order other people might understand. What are you working on now?
I am pretty far in to my second book. It’s about a painting that is left on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the people who want to discover its history. I am Hoping it will be out in late 2024 or 2025.