I'm writing to tell you that my essay, "Jack," about my relationship with a six-year-old boy whom I counseled as a psychologist in a day treatment center has been accepted for publication by Prairie Schooner. I wrote this essay while in Marie Carter's Memoir II class.
I have had a number of plays produced, one play published, and I've received a number of honors for my playwriting. However, having an essay accepted by Prairie Schooner, a much respected literary journal, makes me feel more like a writer than any of the other things I've done.
Marie's enthusiastic response to "Jack" gave me the confidence to submit it to Prairie Schooner. If it hadn't been for her encouragement, I don't think I would have submitted to them. Marie also suggested that I write a collection of similar essays about my work as a psychologist in human service agencies; I've just completed my second essay toward this book.