This blog began as the first step in my journey as a writer. As a child and teenager, I wrote stories and dreamed of being a writer, until life happened. I took a Creative Writing class in college and had my first story taken apart during a workshop. My story probably needed it, but at the ripe old age of nineteen, with my confidence crushed, I decided that my dreams were silly and moved on. I got my BA in English, my MA in literature, and began to teach both high school and college.
It took twenty years to develop some creative self confidence, wind my way back to those earlier dreams, and figure out that I still wanted to write stories.
I started this blog to take ownership of the incredibly powerful sentences, “I am a WRITER!!” and “I am creative!!” In order to do that, I had to put myself and my writing out there, and the easiest way to do that, to “be” a writer, is to blog. So, after a few initial panic attacks before my first few posts, here I am.
The second reason for this blog is to to document my novel writing and creative journey for my own reflection on this process.
And finally, I’d like to connect with other writers, readers, and creative people. Perhaps by recording my journey with the fears, struggles, and even (hopefully) triumphs, it will encourage them to follow their hearts.
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).
I spend my days in high school teaching freshman English which can be either highly rewarding and entertaining, or horribly grueling and depressing depending on the day – think Shakespeare + 15 year old. I also get to teach juniors and seniors, Creative Writing and AP Psychology – super fun classes.
Two years ago with a group of super creative writing students, I launched WhereTeensWrite, a site for teen writers to write, share, and learn. It’s a small but growing community where I enjoy blogging about the craft of writing and working with teens on their fiction and poetry.
I also write myself, and have spent the last several years writing, reading about writing, attending conferences, and participating in live and online critique groups. I have completed one historical fiction novel, The Overlander’s Daughter, and a young adult mystery, #Killing It.
In the fall 2014, I achieved a major milestone and was honored to sign with literary agent Jacques de Spoelberch.
When I’m not writing, I am an avid reader and quilter, though if I complete one quilt a year, I’m happy. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, the love of my life, and we are preparing to become empty-nesters, a major but exciting transition.