Finny

This post really has nothing to do with anything I’ve learned from this internship and everything to do with Justin Kramon’s Finny which is coming out TODAY!!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Justin taught me at the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio in 2007 and was great teacher. He himself is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Studio, one of the most prestigious creative writing MFA programs in the country. He’s really nice, really funny, and a great writer. His blog is also a great source of information for writers. Check out this interview with him!

Finny looks like it’s going to be an amazing read. The title comes from the protagonist, who is named Delphine but has everyone call her Finny. From there it is “a love story and coming-of-age tale.” This is what the back cover says:

We meet Finny Short as an observant, defiant fourteen-year-old who can’t make sense of her family’s unusual habits. Her mother offers guidance appropriate for a forty-year-old socialite; her father quotes Nietzsche over pancakes. Finny figures she’s stuck with this lonely lot until she meets Earl Henckel, a boy who comes from an even stranger place than she does.

Unhappy with Finny’s budding romance with Earl, her parents ship her off to Thorndon boarding school. But mischief follows Finny as she befriends New York heiress Judith Turngate, a girl whose charm belies a disquieting reckless streak.

Finny’s relationships with Judith and Earl open her up to dizzying possibilities of love and loss, and propel her into a remarkable adventure spanning twenty years and two continents.

Also, check out the trailer and Finny’s World.

I know I can’t wait to read it. Go order your copy now!

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Introduction

Welcome to my brand-new blog! I am really excited to get onto the blogosphere. So here’s a little bit about me:

I love to write. I started considering myself a writer back in first grade when I always wrote the longest stories during “journal time.” In seventh grade I finished my first “novel” (I reread it a few days ago to procrastinate studying for exams…it’s bad. But I still love it.) Since then, I just haven’t gotten rid of the writing bug! I went to the Iowa Young Writer’s Studio in the Summer of 2007 and studied under Justin Kramon. He has a book coming out this summer that I’m REALLY excited to read, and you all should be too! Now I’m studying at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL; next year I get to apply to the English Major in Writing. It’s a really selective program, so here’s hoping I get in!

This summer I’m interning at Andrea Hurst and Associates and the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Andrea Hurst and Associates is the parent company of Andrea Hurst Literary Management, but it also offers services to authors like book development and classes. The Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA) is a writers’ association on Whidbey Island (just outside of Seattle) that offers writing groups and classes, a low-residency MFA program, and an annual conference. I’m really looking forward to getting experience in the publishing industry through these two organizations! I think it’s going to be a great summer!

Check back here for general insights I learn throughout the summer. I’ll be sure to talk about my search process for getting an internship in the first place, about the Saturday Chat House Conference coming up next week, and the MFA program in August.

Thanks for reading!

Last thing I read: This post on literary agents.