Her writing notebooks tell the tale of a directed, yet inquisitive mind. Filled with scribbles, notes and edit after edit, Julie Orringer has an uncanny ability to rewrite a story until it's just right. Her long list of illustrious awards would make even a seasoned writer blush—two Yale Review
Editors' Prizes for best story of the year, the Paris Review
Discovery Prize, the Cohen Award for Best Fiction, a National Magazine Award and two Pushcart Prizes—and her eagerly anticipated novel The Invisible Bridge
was selected by Amazon as the Best Book of the Month for May 2010.
But there had to be days when she wasn't confident that all that editing would pay off. A graduate of Cornell and the Iowa Writers Workshop, Julie found herself in San Francisco, working a series of less than desirable jobs and amassing "a fat folder of rejection letters" until that wonderful day when her story "What We Save" was accepted at The Yale Review
. Other acceptances followed, and so did a Stegner Fellowship in the creative writing program at Stanford University.
Printed from Oprah.com on Monday, December 9, 2013
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