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Meet: Caryn Green

May 26, 2023 8:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Tell us the inspiration behind  Commitment.

The deadline! I was planning a piece on a local historic figure and hadn’t begun my research, believing I had a couple months until pages were due. I realized the oversight only days prior to the actual cutoff. Annoyed by my procrastination, a secondary character from my work in progress insisted I make him the subject.

What do you hope readers will take away from your story? 

I’d like to think it will spark interest in reading more about this famous family and bring them to life in a way history books never could.

Writerly advice?  

Non-fiction writers steeped in their subjects should never lose sight of two critical decisions: what to put in, and what to leave out. Do the research, then accept that not every obscure fact we unearth or long forgotten episode we recall merits inclusion in the final work.

How has OCWW helped you as a writer?

The mix of instruction and inspiration, along with the constant reinforcement of writing principles that flows from our speakers to our collective kindred spirits is an incredible motivator.  Every session sparks a new approach or fresh idea. In fact, this piece originated from a writing prompt in Frances De Pontes Peebles’ Time in Fiction class.   

CARYN GREEN is an award-winning author, essayist, reporter and indie publisher whose legacy media career spanned decades. Her first book, Overland: Remembering Southeast Asia, is an adventure travel memoir set in the mid-70’s,  and she’s in final draft of her second – a train travel tale spun in a fact/fiction mashup  she terms 'real magicalism.'  Green serves on the OCWW Board as Director of Communications.

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