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Henry R.


Arlington, VA

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March 19, 2013

Why Write?

Writing, especially strong, effective writing, is a wildly undervalued and underused skill in today's world. The written word allows us to communicate incredibly effectively, on a wide array of subjects- it's sort of a swiss army knife, packed with so many tools it's almost harder to find something writing can't influence, aid, or discuss. I'm hoping, in my own life, to continue refining this, and to hopefully push to include writing as a major part of my career, either in journalism, PR, or something similar. All that academia and employment-prospects aside, I write because I'm selfish. It's fun, it's engaging, and it gives a thrilling rush of power to creating people, places, whole worlds out of just my thoughts and ideas. I've loved writing since I was very young, and I grew up in a household with two journalists, so writing has always been an important part of my life. I write because it's fun, because it's meaningful, and because, I hope, I have some sort of talent with it.

What do you write?

Usually short fiction pieces, with emphasis on the split between western US and eastern US culture. While I am a Montana boy, I ended up going to a boarding school in New Hampshire for high school, and college in New York, and the vast cultural gaps between the two general regions has been pretty rich with source material for me. Dennis Johnson is a current personal favorite author, and I enjoy trying to borrow from his flat narrative voice paired with extreme or particularly strange plotting. I also have tried my hand at nonfiction writing, and am leaning more and more towards this as a new medium, usually in longer form stories that allow a little more room to expand on a theme, rather than straight journalism and articles.


Hello all- I'm a recently graduated creative writing major new to the DC area. I'm here for an internship under my senator, but I'm excited to keep my writing sharp in the meantime, and I'm interested in meeting you all!

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