INTERVIEW WITH BRADY EARNHART
When did you first feel like a writer?
What is your teaching philosophy?
If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and why?
One of my favorite novels is James Agee’s A Death in the Family. It’s told largely in the voice of a six-year-old boy named Rufus. Agee writes so convincingly of this boy that he makes me wish I could talk to him—just to let him know that everything’s going to be okay. I think if you can do that for readers—get us so emotionally involved you yearn to change the lives of the people in the story—you can be satisfied that you’ve written something that matters.
Brady Earnhart holds an MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He has taught poetry and fiction writing, composition, and literature to students of all ages for over twenty years and has released four critically lauded albums of original songs.
WHAT WRITERHOUSE STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT BRADY
“It was helpful that he encouraged us to provide an example for every comment we made when workshopping. In that way, we learned not only to identify pieces of writing we liked, but also how to accomplish it in our own writing.”
“He had a gentle style.”
“I enjoyed this class. I felt he was generally fair and kind. Thanks to my fellow students and Brady’s good teachingI have settled well into fiction writing though it was hard at first.”
“He tried very hard to get us to think in new ways and develop a style that was fresh and unique. He succeeded in that.”