This is one of an ongoing series of interviews with contributors to The 3288 Review.
Carly Plank is a graduate teaching assistant at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is working towards her Master’s degree in Creative Writing. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Aquinas College in her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her creative nonfiction has been published in 34th Parallel and her entertainment journalism has appeared in Revue Magazine. She is currently working on a collection of creative nonfiction as her thesis project. Carly’s short story “Voir Dire” appeared in issue 1.3 of The 3288 Review.
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3288 Review: How did you get your start as a writer? Was there a particular event which started you down this road?
Carly Plank: Since fourth grade, I have kept a daily journal, which might be why, when I write fiction, I often gravitate toward realistic fiction. I actually majored in biology at Aquinas College, and I enrolled in a creative nonfiction workshop during my junior year because one of my good friends, Rachael Steil, had recommended the professor. I was very fortunate that my first workshop experience involved generous classmates and an encouraging professor, Dr. Brent Chesley. The entire English department at Aquinas is so supportive. I took more classes with Dr. Chesley and with poet and current Emeritus faculty Miriam Pederson, and they helped me with the process of applying to master’s programs in creative writing. So overall, I have to say that the collaborative atmosphere within the writing program at Aquinas College guided my decision to minor in creative writing there and continue on to the Master’s of Creative Writing program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.