This week, a story came out a in my alma mater’s alumni site. It started by highlighting the wisdom of my first writing mentor:
“‘Drama,’ Brandeis Professor John Matthews was fond of telling the students in his playwriting class, ‘is conflict with something at stake – the higher the stakes, the higher the drama.’ David Litwack ’68 was listening closely.”
The article brought back memories of a time of aspiration and possibilities. I winced a bit at the “nearly a half a century” comment (could it have been that long ago?). But it was a good reminder of my past and made me more grateful than ever for the chance I’ve had to return to writing, and to be published and read.
If you’re interested in how I got from that naive, aspiring writer to today, have a look at the story here.