My name is Erin (contrary to the belief of local Starbucks workers, who continue to call me Eric). I am now a senior in high school and have been in Front Street Writers since the beginning of my junior year. As a second year in the program and a senior, I was able to get an internship this year and am now interning for the National Writers Series.

When Anne Stanton told me that I could have my own blog, I instantly liked the idea. I have often thought it would be fun to have a blog but never had a platform for it and wasn’t sure what I would write about or who the audience would be. For this blog, I knew I would be writing mostly for prospective students, showing them what it is like to be a Front Street Writer. In the following weeks, whenever I had a moment of realization about something I was writing or something important happened in our class, I thought “I could write that in my blog.”

So now here I am. I have already started a list of things I want to write about here, and I’m so excited to share with you my experience with what has become my favorite class I’ve taken in high school and has got me further with my writing than I think I ever could have without it. I want to tell you about applying, sharing your work, learning to love new genres, writing things that are personal to you and that matter, and the community you find in this class.

When I applied for Front Street Writers, I wasn’t sure it was the right decision. I could only choose one class to take at the Career-Tech Center, and there were two others that I also liked. I chose it as my first choice because I realized that, of all the things I have enjoyed doing in my life, writing is one of the few that has stuck with me and that I have never stopped loving.

I knew what we would be doing in the class, but I didn’t really know what it was like. I would have loved to have someone in the class to tell me about it, so that is what I going to try my best to do for you. I will be posting my experience as a Front Street Writer every Tuesday. I hope you enjoy my writing about writing!

—Erin Evans