Creative Writing at The New School

My name is Cheree', I am second year Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA student in my thesis semester! I have an undergraduate degree in history education and I write speculative fiction incorporating my love for social justice, historical context, and fantastical realms.

1. Who is your favorite villain, and who is your favorite protagonist in literature?

My favorite villain is Silas from the Da Vinci Code. In many ways, he's an overzealous psychopath that does some horrible things in the book, but he's also a fully developed person who doesn't think of himself as a bad guy. He genuinely believes he is doing what is right which makes his actions sympathetic yet more sinister.

My favorite protagonist is Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In the same vein, Charlie doesn't realize the impact he has on others, although his actions are majorly positive and pure. 

2. When did you know you were a writer?

I knew I was a writer in third grade, I wrote a lot of stories and plays but kept them private. It wasn't until the end of eighth grade that I realized writing is something I could actually do in a public sphere. Which brings us to the oh so healthy emo writing phase that I just had to share with everyone willing to listen.

3. What are you currently working on?

I'm currently working on a young adult speculative fiction novel about Eugenics, arranged marriages, and disobeying social norms.

4 How has your writing process changed over the years?

I feel much more gutsy with my work now than I have in the past. I was always worried about how my work would impact others and how they see me. Now I write whatever is in my scary head and worry about the audience secondarily. 

5. Describe your writing style in one sentence.

I am a pantser all the way. I plan very little. Typically when I'm working on a new piece I have a tone for the end of the book and I pants my way until I get there, usually stream of consciousness style that I have to overcorrect while editing.

Five Questions, by Nicole L. Drayton. Nicole is a writer, screenwriter and independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from The New School, and currently works for the university in the MFA in Creative Writing Program office.  

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