The Constant Writer
Heidi Hood has a BA in creative writing from the University of Washington, and an MA in English Literature from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. She worked as a journalist for a newspaper in south Texas before moving back home to the Pacific Northwest where she grew up. Journalism taught her the importance of a strong opening paragraph and how to work through writer’s blocks. It also taught her how to be a constant writer: stories are everywhere it just takes someone looking to see them.
While at the paper, Heidi covered the school district, local government, and the police department. She won awards for her series on Autism. She was recognized for her work on uncovering election illegalities, and her coverage of the water wars in south Texas.
She has taught creative writing classes and beginning composition classes to individuals with limited English speaking skills.
Heidi’s pedagogical approach stems from the idea that anyone can write, it just requires hard work and a voracious appetite for reading. She believes every individual is blessed with an imagination, just sometimes people have to sweep away the cobwebs to get to it.
She lives with her son — a rambunctious three-year-old who loves and admires super heroes way more than he should — her husband of nine years, and an old cranky German Shepherd. When not writing (or thinking about writing, or talking about writing) she reads along the entire spectrum of literature. Her literary heroes are Virginia Woolf, Cormac McCarthy, and Michael Ondaatje because they understand the use of language and use it beautifully. She also runs, uses her kitchen as an experimental site for new foods, and occasionally knits scarves unevenly and inefficiently.
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