Novelist Robin Gregory visited Santa Catalina School's library on January 25 for a one-hour chat about the process of writing.
Gregory, who lives locally in Carmel, is the author of The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman, an award-winning young adult novel about a disabled boy with mystical powers. She's currently working to bring the story to the big screen.
With about 10 students gathered around on couches and chairs, Gregory talked about how she became a writer and what techniques she uses to get those words on the page. One practice she encourages is journaling, which can be a way for writers to explore who they are and to find direction, inspiration, and solace from their busy lives. "It's important to eavesdrop on ourselves," she said. She also suggested a set of questions students should ask themselves before they begin writing, such as: What are the main themes of the story? What is the climax? What is my purpose in telling it? What makes this book unique? "Write it as only you can write it," she said.
Tara Mann '18, a prolific writer and senior editor of the student publication Mosaic, said she found Gregory's talk to be illuminating. "I got many tips for more successful writing and the different career paths it can take you on," she said.
Gregory also engaged the students in literary discussions about magical realism and irony, and read excerpts from her book.
This was the first guest author event hosted by the library.To learn more about Gregory and Moojie Littleman, visit her website at robingregory.net.