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LeAnne Laux-Bachand

Alumna, 1994-95

LeAnne Laux-Bachand attended the Workshop in fiction in 1994 and in poetry in 1995, then joined the residential staff as a teacher and counselor from 1999-2001.

Where are you living and what brought you there?

I am in Bellingham, WA, at Western Washington University, finishing up an MA in English.

Where are you working and what do you enjoy about it?

I am a graduate student English 101 instructor for the next week, when I graduate :)  I love helping students with their writing, I love my fellow grad students and the faculty, and I love the thrill of a class period that works.

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

I listen to NPR while I do the dishes. I am reading student essays and articles about the Common Core and Frederick Douglass (separate articles; I haven’t found any that combine the two) – this is for a seminar paper I’m writing.

What are you working on right now and what does it represent in the larger body of your artistic accomplishments?

I just finished a thesis, a collection of inter-related essays, mostly about my adolescence. It represents at least two years of writing, my professors’ and classmates’ feedback, and a few hours digging around in my parents’ basement for old documents. 

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

When I was a student at YWW, in the mid-90s, the Internet wasn’t much of a thing yet, and so my new friends and I wrote letters to each other after we got back home. I still have all those letters. YWW was important to me in so many ways – as a writer, a teacher, a student, a woman – but I think the biggest influence was as a friend. I learned how to build friendships across the country, the page, and now, the years.

What’s the best advice you can give a Young Writer (in general or in your specific genre)?

Don’t throw away your bad stuff; you may want to look at it later, and laugh.