Distinguished Professor Emerita
at Florida State University
Janet Burroway is the author eight novels including The Buzzards,Raw Silk, Opening Nights, Cutting Stone, and the 2009 Bridge of Sand. Her Writing Fiction (9th edition) is the most widely used creative writing text in America, and Imaginative Writing has appeared in its 4th edition. Her plays include Medea With Child, Morality Play (a musical), Boomerang and Headshots, which have received readings and productions in New York, London, San Francisco, Hollywood, and Chicago. A collection of essays by older women writers, A Story Larger Than My Own, was published in 2014 by University of Chicago Press, and her memoir Losing Tim also appeared in the spring of 2014. She is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita at the Florida State University and was chosen for the 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Writing Award by the Florida Humanities Council.
This multi-genre assignment asks students to first explore how much they know their tendencies to procrastinate in a personal essay, then to interview a peer about their respective writing processes, and finally, to compare their own personal essay and an analysis of their interview in a cover letter.