Sometimes the prize is in the process
Author. Teacher. Born to write.
Walking into a local bookstore to find your name on the spine of a freshly bound book is a dream most writers share—Jessica Kluthe is no exception. While the non-fiction author and Communications Studies faculty member can’t help but be honoured by her non-fiction book’s two appearances on the Alberta Literary Awards shortlist, she says it’s just as important—if not more so—to love the process.
“Having a book published is great—it would be a shame to spend five years on something and then tuck it away in a desk drawer, but I think you really need to love the process of writing because it can be long and difficult. I tell my students that if the pain of not writing is greater than the pain of writing, then you should do it. That was always true for me.”