Category Archives: Faces

Our delightful comrades-in-arms: a community of storytellers.

Finding Life’s Connections

by Kristin Schwartz If Taylor University taught me nothing else, it’s that life is all about connections. I mostly escaped that reality in high school—classes are so distinctly separate that it’s hard to even recognize relationships between calculous and the physics class down the hall. At Taylor, however, I saw the light. And it’s this realization […]
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The Echo That Lasts

by Alex Mellen Nothing prepares you for working for a newspaper like . . . well, working for a newspaper. I learned that when I started my first full-time job out of college at the Ashland Times-Gazette as a copy editor. My semesters with the weekly Taylor University Echo were the most valuable training for the future, […]
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An Update on Mackenzie

“Stories are my passion; they are the lens through which I see the rest of the world.” It was this kind of passion that led Mackenzie Jagar to Taylor University. Thinking back to her first time at Taylor, Mackenzie says, “I felt immediately at home.” Mackenzie graduated in 2016 from the Professional Writing program with a […]
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Meet a Freshman: The Magnificent Mr. Tim

by Ian Proano Those called Tim are from a very rare kind of human that bedazzle the rest of our lives wherever they go. Tim Pietz is no exception. He is easily recognized usually wearing a vibrant shirt, and has short curly hair and glasses. Coming in to take the C.R.A.M. Freelance Writing class, he […]
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An Interview With Sarah Gorman

by Chrysa Keenon As an eight-time Scholastic Art & Writing Award winner and successful sophomore in the Professional Writing Department, Sarah Gorman is a writer that wears many hats. Between screenwriting and novel writing, Gorman has a busy schedule filled with plotting. Here is a glimpse into her fantasy worlds and writing process. Q: How […]
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Why I, as a Teen Fiction Writer, Read Shakespeare

by Kenzi Melody There’s something special about brushing the dust away from a spine and recognizing the book. Some of my favorite literary friends can be found, as my copy of Macbeth was recently, in the shadowy corner of an out-of-the-way bookstore. The Odyssey, Beowulf, Hamlet, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Lord of the Rings, A Tale of […]
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Why I Chose Professional Writing—Even Though I Don’t Want to Be an Author

by Katherine Hiegel When I tell people I’m a Professional Writing major, the usual response I get is, “Oh, so you want to write books?” And I reply, “Well, no, actually. I want to become an editor.” Ever since I was little, the one thing I loved to do more than anything was read. I eventually […]
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The Benefits of Working in the Publishing Industry

by Katelyn S. Bolds The first time I walked into Dr. Hensley’s classroom I had it all figured out. As a fresh-eyed freshman, I would support myself after graduation solely with money made from freelancing. The acceptance letters would roll in every day. Why would I choose to pursue a full-time job in the industry helping […]
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Advice From Estee

by Taylor Puitz Building Your Author Platform has been one of the best classes I’ve taken in the department. One of the reasons for this was the Maranatha Christian Writer’s Conference I attended earlier this semester with the class. While I was there I made many valuable connections. One of the people I met was Estee […]
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Faces: Living for Story- Meet Charnell Peters

by Mackenzie Jager It is surprisingly easy to forget how wise your friends are. Charnell Peters is confident, intelligent, encouraging, and often sassy, but this week I was reminded of her wisdom. She approaches life––and especially her craft––with a conscientiousness that is moving. “I want to be a writer because stories have affected my life […]
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