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This blog has no set topic or theme, so the subject matter will vary from post to post. The point of the blog is to write intentionally rather than to share about a specific topic. As mentioned in my first blog post, the inspiration for this site came from hearing Carl Klaus, professor emeritus at the University of Iowa, speak in Fall of 2019. In sharing about his early career, he explained that writing regularly was an important habit to help build a writing career. Since he preferred to write creative nonfiction, he set a goal for himself to write a 500-word essay every day. Though it took me several months and a time of self-quarantine to finally start writing regularly, at least it is a beginning. I hope other writers can find inspiration from this as well. No matter what your preferred genre, write daily, as often as possible. Make writing a habit.
So, You Want to be a Writer!
The Degrees of "No!" (Part 3)
Is it Settling or Growing?
The Degrees of "No!" (Part 2)
The Degrees of "No!" (Part 1)
A Student/Professor Affair in Fact and Fiction - River Teeth Journal
Find Your Catalyst
What do imaginary friends, nervous tics, and a love of black licorice have in common?
When too busy is TOO BUSY
Growth Requires Change Requires Growth Requires Change
Watchin' Around the Clock
Should We Have Known?
Book Review: Raft of Stars by Andrew J. Graff
The Snow Globe Life
Now I gaze at the beautiful snow-globe-filled world through my large picture window in the sunroom, longing for warm sunshine and short sleeve shirts.
Book Review of Max & the Spice Thieves
To Be Honest
Theresa Patterson's Lemons
Hindsight of a Mother's Love
What is your biggest concern?
Do You Know What Bliss Looks Like?
One Day at a Time
Dulcius ex asperis
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My name is Jen Anne Becker. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English & Creative Writing on the Publishing track from the University of Iowa, and a graduate certificate in Publishing from the University of Denver.
While at the University of Iowa, I served as Managing Editor for two class project publications where I participated in acquisitions, ensured deadlines were met, and assisted the Editors-in-Chief with promoting the release of each respective publication. Also, during my time at The University of Iowa, I was an Editorial Assistant for The Iowa Review where I read submissions and made recommendations to the Editors. In addition, I had the privilege of being an Editor of the 4th Annual Iowa Chapbook Prize where I worked with a team of Editors to select nine winners for the Spring 2020 Iowa Chapbook Prize. Each Editor then worked directly with their chosen author to oversee the editing, layout, and design of the winning author's chapbook.
Publishing Industry Professionals offered instruction and advice to students of The Denver Publishing Institute from their own career experiences. Hands-on learning opportunities such as writing reader's reports, editing, proofreading, marketing & publicity, and book design helped reinforce instruction and experience obtained at The University of Iowa.
Right now, I am working toward a Master's degree in Professional Creative Nonfiction Writing through DU, while concurrently earning a Copyediting Certificate through UCSD. In addition, I'm finding that a love of my prior undergraduate experience as Managing Editor is leading me down new paths as I explore future career opportunities.
During this time, I will consider Independent Editing, Proofreading, and Writing opportunities, where I will use my skills to help other writers produce their best work. Please use the contact form below to let me know how I can help you.