E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart

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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.

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
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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Education

High School
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
Vassar College
Doctorate
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
Columbia College

Career

Author

I am a writer of children's picture books, young-adult novels, and adult fiction.

Career Roadmap

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My work combines:
My work combines:
Writing
Education
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

Writing and rewriting.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I have always enjoyed reading and that has impacted the way I write. Read as much as you can. Be willing to stay with the discomfort of doing things that you aren't totally confident in and the confidence and motivation to finish will come.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

My path was useful but I recommend doing internships and writing as much as you can.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
doctorate
Doctorate
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Writing a dissertation is impossible."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial