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Emma Rathbone

Alumna, 1996-97; Teaching Writer, 2008

Emma Rathbone attended the Workshop in playwriting and fiction from 1996-97. She returned in 2008 as a teaching fiction writer.

Where are you living and what brought you there?

I’m living in Charlottesville. I came here to attend the M.F.A. program at the University of Virginia and still haven’t left.

What do you find yourself most often reading/listening to lately and why?

I’ve been reading a lot of mysteries lately, Patricia Highsmith and Tana French. I love a book that makes you feel like you have to stay up all night to see what happens. Right now I’m in the middle of a John Updike book. And I recently reread an excellent collection of short stories called Sam the Cat by Matthew Klam.

What are your publications, performances, albums, and/or achievements that seem most important to you at this point in time?

Right now I’m working on my second novel. Completing and publishing my first novel still feels like my most important accomplishment. Being able to finish something of that length felt great, and made me realize I could do it again.

How would you characterize the influence of your YWW experience in your life?

It was wonderful, and I met some of my best friends in the world there. It was a special and rich time and I’ll never forget how much fun it was to be among so many creative people dedicated to pursuing art.

Where can we find you online?


Submitted May 2012