Guest Speakers - Careers in Writing Arts
Of the guest speakers we've had this semester (Prof. Mangini, Dr. Courtney, Dr. Giampalmi, Prof. Chudzik, & Prof. Jahn-Clough), which did you gain the most from and why?

First off, a bit of informal thanks to all the professors who came in to talk to us.  I know none of them will ever read this, but thanks for offering advice to a bunch of literary hopefuls!

I can say with confidence that I definitely gained the most from talking with Jahn-Clough, not only in class but also during the two-on-one interview between her, myself, and Markirah.  I'm stubborn as an old mule when it comes to my writing.  I write what I like--fiction, horror, fantasy, children's--and I'll be damned if that's not what I'm going to do with my life!  I feel as though Jahn-Clough opened a door for me when I took her Children Stories class two semesters ago, and every time I speak with her she's just inching that door open a little more.  Her advice about agents was invaluable.  If not for her, I don't think I would have considered the importance of an agent until much later.  I've already been "shopping" around for fun and there's a nearly inexhaustible supply of young agents out there eager for fresh manuscripts.  Several years ago I might have skimmed right over children's lit as a possible career, but I've really discovered a passion in well written books for young adults.  Reading every night shaped me into the writer I am today.  Redwall and Harry Potter beckoned me to explore new worlds and test the limits of my creativity and I think I'd like to give back to that community.

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