E.'s Open Road



“Getting a Ph.D. feels like you’re going to go up this huge mountain on this narrow path. But then you get to the top and realize, if I can do that, I can do anything.”


Writing Education


Perseverance Choices Struggle Goals Passion Confidence Doubt Experience Support & Encouragement Hard Work Self-Reflection Failure Opportunity


Communicating / Sharing Stories


  • Often writes under her pen name “E. Lockhart,” but has also published work under her birth name, Emily Jenkins.
  • Her father was a playwright and she spent a large amount of her childhood going to rehearsals with him—credits this as her first education in storytelling.
  • Has wanted to be a writer since she was eight years old and even wrote two novels while in third grade.
  • Her biggest dream was to write for Marvel Comics, but she had no idea how to get her foot in the door.
  • Decided to go to graduate school at Columbia University to become a literature professor—says she chose her 19th-century British literature major because she liked to read novels and it felt safe.
  • Admits that she wasn’t happy there, but used it as an opportunity to read and write all that she could.
  • By the time she graduated, she knew she wanted to pursue writing full-time—she is now a celebrated author, having written over 40 children’s books, young adult, and adult fiction novels.
  • Her favorite audience to write for are young adults—says that genre allows writers the unique opportunity to be activists, advocates, and effect real change in the world.

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