JW Robitaille received a BA in English from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, an MA in English Literature from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. For over thirty years, she taught English at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida, publishing three Writer’s Resources textbooks accompanied by a CDROM. At the same time, she also wrote fiction, usually finishing a writing project just in time for fall term to start. She has written four novels, four screenplays, and dozens of short stories.
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My goal has always been, like Miss Rumphius, to make the world a more beautiful place. That goal informed my choice of career, teaching, because in teaching I tried to help kids live fuller, richer, happier lives. It has informed my domestic life in my creation of spaces and it informed the choices I made daily in parenting. Certainly, it has informed my choice of avocations—writing and painting.
Why I write
I write because I believe that the creation of fictional worlds is the highest aspiration of humankind. In my writing I wish to convey some sense, some hint of the complexity of life and emotion and relationship.