English Department receives visit from author Peyton Marshall '91

October 21, 2014
Peyton Marshall left with Ms. Imani Wiltshire

Peyton Marshall '91 was in Washington, D.C. promoting her novel, “Good House” when she stopped by Madeira to visit with the Journalism and Creative Writing class during the first class of Module 2 on October 14, 2014. The small group of students eagerly asked questions which Peyton responded to with thoughtful and candid answers. About her first novel, Peyton described the long process of writing a novel, which for her was a seven year process from idea to publication. She shared how valuable her relationships with other writers have been during the writing and editing process, and she explained some of the obstacles for getting published.

Peyton Marshall is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesTin House, A Public Space, Etiquetta Negra, Blackbird, Five Chapters, and Best New American Voices. Her first novel “Good House” is a futuristic story of a boy named James, who tests positive for a genetic marker which determines violent tendencies. Subsequently James becomes a ward of the state to be raised in reform schools. Peyton explained that it was through research of nineteenth-century reform schools that the idea of this book took root.

When asked why she chose to become a writer, she explained that it came from a deep love of reading at an early age; that while reading, the worlds that she encountered were more immediate and real to than her own world at times.

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