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Teaching writers h It may have wait. it was writing classes. a teacher was almost possible. a writing career might beNative American writer James Welch, sherealized that her creative in writers she teachesBecomingyoung years 10 taken Anna Keesey the finish her first novel, buttoworth With her keen sense of place and rich natural for Keesey – both of her parents “It was the first experience I had of command and love of language, it’s little were professors and learning is basic to being with other people who had some of wonder that Little Century has been lauded her happiness. the same feeling I did for language,” she by theNew York Times, Boston Globe and “I want to be in a place where it said. “I didn’t realize it was even a quality. Oprah Magazine (annakeesey.com/blog). happens,” she said. “I want to show up I would read books over and over because Keesey, the Renshaw Distinguished so that when learning happens I get to I liked how they sounded.” Professor of Literature and Writing, is still be there. I see tremendous growth in my Little Century combines historical surprised at the success of her first novel. students between the first short story fiction and Oregon’s high desert, two “I tend not to be a person who attaches they write and the second draft. They get of Keesey’s passions. Set amid the a huge amount to a particular outcome,” their feet on the ground and they start haunting beauty and hard landscape of she said. “So I feel really grateful. One thing striking out in very vivid, original ways.” central Oregon, the book is the coming- that is so nice is that people I know are A voracious reader as a child, Keesey of-age story of a young emigrant from going and buying my book.” cared more about the stories than how Chicago caught up in the range wars Coupled with requests to present they were created. At 15, as one of a between sheep and cattle ranchers in readings from Little Century throughout handful of high school students accepted the early 1900s. the Pacific Northwest, Keesey is deep into a writing workshop conducted by A native Oregonian raised in the into reading the work of the budding poet Sandra McPherson and the late Willamette Valley, Keesey has long been “I see tremendous growth in my students between the first short story they write and the second draft. They get their feet on the ground and they start striking out in very vivid, original ways.” 1 4 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Fall 2012


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