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My journey as a writer began in 5th grade with an accusation of plagiarism 

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     Write about something you love; that was my 5th grade assignment. So I sat down with my notepad and visualized the creek in my backyard. The images came easily to me. My mind roamed along the banks, and then, as if by magic, a secret door opened up inside me and words came spilling out. My teacher later kept me after school and asked where I'd copied my description from. I had difficulty reading. There was and is still a persistent falsehood that reading skills determine intelligence. My teacher, I later realized, thought I was incapable of producing the paragraph I handed in. It was a painful realization for me, but the moment propelled me forward. It started me on a life long journey to what
understand it.  

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Since then

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My short fiction has appeared in The Sun Magazine, The Southern Review, Carolina Quarterly and elsewhere. I was the 2009 winner of the Robert Olen Butler Prize for Fiction and I've written extensively on the link between language and art including for The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and in a monthly series for Ploughshares Magazine.

A finalist for the Massachusettes Book Award, my debut novel, All We Had, was published by Scribner - Simon & Schuster. Now a major motion picture, produced by Tribeca Films, All We Had, was optioned by actress Katie Holmes before the book was published. 

"Smart and unflinchingly honest and brilliantly voiced, All We Had is a remarkably accomplished and compelling first novel.  Annie Weatherwax’s other artistic persona as a visual artist has made her an instant expert at one of the most challenging but fundamental skills of a fiction writer: the ability to render the moment to moment sensual thereness of a scene. I can’t wait to see what she writes next."  

                                                                                      ~ Pulitzer Prize Winner Robert Olen Butler ~

I've received fellowships from Yaddo, Lost and Summer Literary Festivals, my collection of short fiction was a finalist for The Doris Bakwin Award; The Hudson Prize; and the St. Lawrence Book Award. 

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