Author Archives: American Writers Museum

Write In: High School Field Trips Offer Inspiration at AWM

Write In: High School Field Trips Offer Inspiration at the AWM by Georgia B. and Alexis R. Georgia, Alexis, and their classmates visited the AWM as part of our high school field trips programming in November, and participated in the Write In program for middle and high school students. Write In combines the unique experience […]

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Write In: Learning from Mistakes by Yesenia Sanchez

Yesenia and her classmates visited the AWM in November and participated in the Write In program for middle and high school students. Write In combines the unique experience of a museum visit with specially-designed curricula that aims to increase students’ knowledge about American writers as well as boost their confidence as writers. Since the museum […]

Ways the World Ends

Various American authors, both in-genre and out of it, have depicted the end of the world as we know it. Some are more interested in the how and why, while in others the end of the world is in the background rather than the fore. Some stories climax in the apocalypse, while others use it […]

Erma Bombeck

With her usual wit and humor the writer Erma Bombeck wrote, “It’s frightening to wake up one morning and discover that while you were asleep you went out of style.” Erma may have predicted her future.   I went to the local used book store hoping to find at least one of her twelve books, nine […]

The Wow Factor: A Visit to Mark Twain’s Grand Mansion in Hartford

“This entry hall really has the ‘wow factor,’” our tour guide drily announces, gesturing at the lavish dark-wood staircase spiraling above the foyer. The Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut, built in 1874, is a towering mansion in the High Gothic style. Home to Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain), his wife Olivia, and their three […]

In the Footsteps of Louisa May Alcott

During a literary pilgrimage to Concord, Massachusetts a few years ago, I visited Orchard House, the home of Louisa May Alcott. Louisa lived there with her parents and sisters in the only permanent residence the Alcotts ever knew. Upon entering the two-story farmhouse, I immediately left the twenty-first century and stepped back in time. Nearly […]

Writing the American Immigrant Experience: Isaac Bashevis Singer

On every street in every city in America, there is a story on every face reaching back through the generations.  Isaac Bashevis Singer, who was born in Poland and emigrated to America as a young man, wrote a wide variety of stories that reflect this grand river of history.  His body of work flows through […]

Laura Ingalls Wilder

“From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put foot in front of the other. But when books are opened you discover you have wings.”  -Helen Hayes I found my wings when I discovered Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books which told the story of the adventures she and her family had as American […]

“Such Friends”: Maxwell Perkins and Ernest Hemingway

As with F. Scott Fitzgerald, his first major author, Scribner’s editor Maxwell Perkins [1884-1947] found Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961] through a chain of people—including Fitzgerald himself. Hemingway was recently home from the war, dumped by his nurse-girlfriend, Agnes, writing ads for Firestone Tires in Chicago. He met a red-head from St. Louis, Hadley Richardson, and was […]

Recreated People

Writers frequently chose to create stories that are inspired by or directly based on actual events. Adapted real people into fiction is especially prominent in historical novels. However, depending on the story and the writer, these adaptations may vary significantly. Sometimes real people are recreated in realistic detail based on available historical sources. At other […]