Ask a writing instructor what’s the hardest part of their job, and most will tell you it’s not the instructing. It’s being the writer once class is over.
When you spend a day helping fellow writers find their grooves, the next challenge becomes channeling the confidence and energy to find your own.
We’re proud to say that a number of our instructors have not only been stellar role models, they’ve hit it out of the park!
Rebecca Makkai, our Novel in a Year instructor, recently published her second novel, The Hundred-Year House. Pick up a copy and join us for the official launch party on August 9th at the Book Cellar. (If you can’t get a copy in advance, you can buy one there.) Rebecca will read, you’ll mingle with fellow writers, and we’ll all go home happier.
The Hundred-Year House has been on “must read” lists all over (yes, even People Magazine), and has been getting great reviews.
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Annette Gendler, StoryStudio’s Advanced Memoir Workshop instructor, was named the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park’s 2014-2015 Writer In Residence. We’re excited for (and a tad jealous of) Annette as she’ll be working and writing from the attic office of the Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park. In her own words: what could be cooler than writing from Hemingway’s attic?
Annette also has a very topical post in The Tablet on being in Israel while bomb sirens blare.
And if you see one of these instructors at the studio or around the neighborhood, be sure to give them a pat on the back. It takes a special writer to “talk the talk” AND “walk the walk.”