Packet 5: Your Writing Business

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The scariest part for sure was just starting. I know one of the reasons that I avoided it was that I was scared.

— Ellen Forney

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ELLEN FORNEY

Cartoonist Ellen Forney is the author of the New York Times best-seller Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me and is the winner of the 2012 Genius Award in Literature from Seattle’s the Stranger. She collaborated with Sherman Alexie on the National Book Award[-]winning novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, created the Eisner-nominated comic books I Love Led Zeppelin and Monkey Food, and has taught comics at Cornish College of the Arts since 2002.

Ellen Forney


The writers I read taught me that I could use the springboard of my fear and failure to launch myself in the direction of my dreams and goals. Growing up broke freed me from having to have everything around me be perfect and new. Accepting my unmotivated younger self sparked my dedication to being a lifelong student in my own renegade education. The disgust I feel about being so afraid all the time taunts me to be braver than I might be otherwise.

— Paulette Perhach

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PAULETTE PERHACH

Paulette Perhach’s writing has been published in the New York TimesELLE, Slate, CosmopolitanMarie ClaireStylist UK, and Salon. She’s worked for Health and Coastal Living magazines, as well as various newspapers. Hugo House awarded her the Made at Hugo House fellowship in 2013.