My journey as a writer began in 5th grade with an accusation of plagiarism
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. No one knew that I struggled with dyslexia, and the question was confusing to me. How could I copy something out of a book when I couldn't read?
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 Blog.
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."
I've received fellowships from Yaddo, Summer Literary Festivals, and In 2010, my collection of short fiction was a finalist for The Doris Bakwin Award; The Hudson Prize; and the St. Lawrence Book Award.
What I've learned
The insistence that childhood education use reading skills as a measurement of intelligence, convinced me that I could never be a writer.
A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, for many years I earned a living sculpting superheroes and cartoon characters for Nickelodeon, DC Comics, Warner Brothers and Pixar. I once flew out to George Lucas’s ranch in California with a sculpture of Jar Jar Binks and for years I worked with the creator of Miss Piggy at Children’s Television Workshop.