Alison Turner

Alison Turner
Alison Turner

While I loved writing as a child, I never could have imagined how much it would shape my life. I turn to writing when I am inspired and confused, confident and vulnerable. I write every day, because if I don’t write, I don’t feel like myself.

This means that much of what I write is never seen by another person. I am committed to the idea that there is no such thing as wasted time with writing: if it takes me ten pages of hand-written scrawl to get to one sentence worth keeping, so be it. If I have a wacky idea, I write it down; and if I accidentally throw that scrap of paper out with the coffee grounds, c’est la vie.

I hope to introduce this sense of freedom to other writers, whether they are just beginning their relationship with writing or that relationship has a long (and complicated) history. I have worked with writers in a variety of environments and contexts, including undergraduate and graduate students in traditional academic settings, middle school students learning English in China, writers living in shelters, and young adults pursuing online learning from around the world. I have completed degrees in Humanities, Creative Writing, and English & Literary Arts, and I am continuing my education by learning from other writers.

I was born in the mountains of Colorado, where I learned how to spend large amounts of time waiting for buses in inclement weather. When I’m not writing, talking about writing, or reading about writing, I’m most likely hiking or snowboarding, depending on the season.

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