Monica West

Novelist/English Teacher, Lick-Wilmerding High School/Simon & Schuster

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Professional Background

Editor at Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, English Teacher

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?

I learned a lot in the Duke English Department. I had amazing literature professors, and this was one of the reasons why I worked in education for so long. In addition, I took my first formal creative writing classes at Duke, and I have continued with that career field--I currently attend the Iowa Writers' Workshop and am hoping to publish a novel.  I got a great education from Duke and use it in many of my professional endeavors.

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