It’s hard to believe we’ve never featured long time Writers’ Program student Wendy Kennar as a student success story, and yet, she has published frequently and fervently over the last several years. Most recently, she was named a finalist in the nonfiction category of the Pen 2 Paper 2016 Competition for her essay “Searching for the Right Words,” and her essay “The Hitting Stage” was featured in the book So Glad They Told Me: Women Get Real About Motherhood (August 2016). Wendy has taken many classes from Writers’ Program nonfiction instructor Barbara Abercrombie and shares her experience: “The first time I took a class with Barbara, she said that everyone can write a personal essay, and everyone can have a personal essay published. Since then, I have written personal essays largely inspired by my twelve-year teaching career, parenting a young son, and living with a chronic medical condition. I’m proud to say my personal essays have been published both in print and online, in magazines, journals, and anthologies.”

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