• Q&A With WriteByNight Coach Alex Myers


    Alex Myers (Exeter, NH) is Director of the Mountain School of Milton Academy. A graduate of Harvard University, Alex earned degrees in Near Eastern Languages and Religious Studies before gravitating towards writing. His essays have been published in a variety of places, including The Guardian, Newsweek, and Slate. He has had three essays named as “notable” in Best American Essays. Alex also writes fiction, with four novels published: Revolutionary, Continental Divide, The Story of Silence and The Symmetry of Stars.


    Where are you from?

    Paris, Maine (aka, the middle of nowhere. And nothing like the “other” Paris).


    Where did you study?

    Harvard for undergrad, MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.


    How did you get your start as a writer?

    I got started because I was teaching writing to high school students… and thinking a lot about how certain traditions and expectations around writing had formed for high school students. I worked on redesigning my curriculum and ended up getting engaged in writing my own essays and stories.


    What is the hardest part of writing for you?

    Knowing when to give up on a project… when to admit it has a fatal flaw.


    What is your favorite word and why?

    I have always liked the word “indeed.” It seems pleasantly weighty and, depending on the tone in which it is delivered, has a real range of meanings.


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