Tapping into "untapped potential" with Kelsey Bowen



Can you tell us a little bit about the moment you realized you wanted to be a writer?

When I was a junior in high school my English teacher forced me to take a creative writing class after reading one of my personal essays. Figuring it would make an easy A, I enrolled, and right away I fell in love. But it didn’t occur to me that I could be a writer until the end of my senior year. We had to enter a writing contest for class, and to be honest, I’d forgotten to write my piece, so I stayed up all night working on a personal essay and submitted it early in the morning. I didn’t think again about it until my teacher called me to tell me I’d won the contest. I vividly remember that call from my teacher — in the fitting room with a line of potential prom dresses covering the wall. Truthfully, I didn’t think I stood a chance and looking back, it has the hallmark of a young, inexperienced writer. But my heart was there and maybe even some untapped potential — I like to think that’s what they saw in me, but it’