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February 13, 2009
Vol. 50 No. 15

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Writing major hopes to carry lessons into real world

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Write on-- Senior creative writing major Sarah Turcotte has worked on several campus publications including "Rivercraft."
Senior Sarah Turcotte, a creative writing major, has certainly extended her love of writing beyond the classroom.

While at Susquehanna, Turcotte has been active in various publications as well as maintaining an enviable academic record.

At Susquehanna, Turcotte has been active on the staff of "Rivercraft," Susquehanna's literary magazine, and the "Apprentice Writer."

Starting her "Rivercraft" journey during her sophomore year as the fiction editor, Turcotte now occupies the position of co-editor-in-chief.

Turcotte is also active in the "Apprentice Writer," a publication published locally that features work by high school students.

"[The 'Apprentice Writer'] is a good publication because it gives younger students exposure to the field while also promoting Susquehanna's writing program," Turcotte said.

Turcotte said she enjoys working with publications because she likes being able to see something through from start to finish.

Turcotte is also the project chair for the SU Paper Crafts club and former captain of the SU Dance Team.

She also served as a resident assistant for the Office of Residence Life. Turcotte said she believes it is important to get involved in campus outside of the classroom.

"It's a great way to get some of your school work off your mind," Turcotte said.
After college, Turcotte plans to attend graduate school.

Although she is uncertain of where this will occur, she received her first acceptance letter from the University of Memphis where she would be pursuing a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree.

Some of the biggest challenges Turcotte said she has found as a creative writing major include coming up with new material for her work and being able to write something, whether good or bad, everyday. She added that these challenges are a small price to pay when people are doing something they love.

"Working in writing is what I love doing," Turcotte said. "I love what I do."

Gary Fincke, English professor and director of the Writers' Institute, described Turcotte as a "promising young writer."

Fincke said he has had Turcotte for two courses during her time at Susquehanna, he said he noticed Turcotte's talent right away.

"She was the best in the class and that was in a class of many talented writers," Fincke said.

Fincke said what really makes Turcotte's work stand out is that she "writes about situations that aren't autobiographical, but are convincing."

She's the type of writer that you sit and wonder "how does she come up with these things," he added.

Turcotte has also worked with the Summer Writer's Institute for two years. During this time, Turcotte served as a teaching assistant for Thomas Bailey, professor of English, where she aided him in teaching high school students.

"To be able to do what she did with those high school students' writing, and to do it well, was pretty remarkable," Fincke said.

Turcotte said her favorite part of Susquehanna is the inspiring faculty she has worked with.

"The faculty's commitment to their students shows, and it really means a lot," Turcotte said.

A native of Old Lyme, Conn., Turcotte said she chose to attend Susquehanna because she "just fell in love with it."

Turcotte said that deciding to apply to Susquehanna actually happened by chance. She was looking into bigger schools in the city but when she heard that one of her friends applied to Susquehanna, Turcotte thought she would check it out. She knew almost immediately that it was the best choice for her.

"I knew it was the place I could see myself," Turcotte said.

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