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About Amy

About this Blog . . .

This blog is the first step in my journey as a writer, and I’ve decided to write it for several reasons.  First, I’d like to document my novel writing and creative journey for my own reflection on this process as I’ve never done anything like this before.  Second, I’d like to connect with other writers and creative people or even with other people who, like me, have spent years trying to figure out what they want to do when they grow up, even though they may be like me, all grown up, chronologically at least.  Perhaps by recording my journey with the fears, struggles, and even (hopefully) triumphs, it will encourage them to follow their hearts.  And finally, I want to take ownership of the incredibly powerful sentences, “I am a WRITER!!” and “I am creative!!” In order to do that, I need to share my writing and my creative endeavors through writing.  The easiest way to instantly share one’s writing, to “be” a writer, is to blog. So, here I am!!  I plan to post at least twice weekly throughout this project.

About Amy . . . Amy Creative Writing Teacher for teens

How does one define oneself?  For years the past 40+ years,  I have been “Mom” to my children, Mrs. Isaman to my students, any number of endearments to my husband, “Amy” to friends and family, and various other nicknames my big sister has spent her life concocting, but now, I want to be a writer, so I am . . . Amy Isaman, Writer (I figure the more I repeat this, the better).   Currently, I work full-time teaching High School English and AP Psychology.   I also advise the most amazing group of teen writers through the Creative Writing Club at our school.  I have also recently launched (with these amazing students) http://www.whereteenswrite.com. It’s an experiment, but one that I’m pretty excited about.  I have a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s Degree in the Humanities with an emphasis in Literature.

I spend my days teaching teens how to write and speak which can be either highly rewarding or horribly grueling and depressing depending on the day (think Shakespeare+15 year old).  I am an avid reader, quilter, and scrapbooker.  (Yes, I make books documenting every moment of my children’s lives, and someday they will hopefully thank me for it!)  I’m married to my high school sweetheart, the love of my life, and we live with our children, two of the most amazing teenagers on the planet (most days!). They make my life a full-fledged super fun adventure!

6 thoughts on “About Amy

  1. Amy,
    I am so proud of what you are doing with your writing talent. Isn’t modern technology fantastic for us dreamers!

    It’s doubtful that the name “Swanson” means anything to you, so here are a few reminders of who I am and why I feel connected to you. (1) My daughter, Leanne, was a good friend of your sister (2) Your mother and I were contemporary Methodist children’s choir parents (3) Your husband is my nephew (Judy was my sister) (4) I attended your beautiful wedding and reception. If these are not enough connections, consider this: after retiring from TEACHING in Carson City for 33 years, I took a creative writing class and, as a result, wrote a collection of a dozen short stories/poems about my life and experiences.

    Becky Barney, my niece, sent me a link to your blog after I encouraged her to continue writing. I am impressed with both of you! Judy (your hubby’s grandma) had a lot of writing talent. About 15 years ago she got me interested in the opportunities that the internet offered to people like you, Becky, her and myself. As a result, I have constructed and maintain many web pages regarding the Rankin clan. (Also have several websites re golf clubs, etc. )

    If you’re interested in reading my “Memoirs”, let me know. I love sharing writing, no matter how immature it may seem. Most of my writing was done several years ago (have been too busy being retired).

    P.S. Your hubby was “strolled” in my daughter’s used stroller when he and his parents lived on 5th street. (How small is this world we live in!!!!)

    • Of course I remember you Donna!!! And I also remember “Swanson.” I seem to remember my dad playing on the Swanson Concrete softball team! Thanks for sharing. There seem to be a lot of “closet” writers out there – its been really fun finding some of them! Thanks for your comment.

  2. Amy, I have many of the same reasons for starting my blog. I have always felt compelled to write for as long as I can remember. I have just recently started my blog here on wordpress, was using another blog site, but it is a great medium for people like us who are writers :-) Enjoy the conference, I’m excited for and well and, a bit jealous!

    • Good luck with your blog and thanks for reading! I have loved doing this as it makes me write and makes me revise/refine/play with my writing. It’s also been fun. I was worried that I would run out of things to write, but that hasn’t happened at all. The conference was great. Even though I’m at the beginning of this journey, I really felt it was money well spent. I learned a TON!

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