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Raising My Voice

in Nonfiction Writing, Random Musings

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Do you remember the vision you had for your future when you were a teenager? Maybe you wanted to be a rock star or a professional ball player. Maybe you wanted to be an actor or an astronaut. My dream was to write for a big city newspaper by day and pen novels by night.

I’ve always wanted to write. I lived in the journalism lab through middle school and high school. I competed in UIL writing competitions and went to the State level starting my sophomore year. I went to college on journalism scholarships. I worked for newspapers starting my 8th grade year. Journalism was my niche.

Fast forward 12 years …

A couple of months ago, a friend emailed me a link to a writing opportunity at Dallas Morning News in the Voices department. Voices are opinion columns that focus on different people in different walks of life throughout the Dallas metroplex. DMN receives hundreds of applications each year and selects 40 people to take part in the program.

I received the link the day the application was due. My family had a full evening planned, but it was an opportunity I did not want to pass up so I filled out the information and wrote the essays on my iPhone sitting in the carpool lane at my kids’ school.

Yesterday I found out that I was selected for the 2012-2013 Voices team.

My voice will be among the 40 that will receive training, development, and a new venue to express how we see the world. I am excited to have a little of my newspaper background back, I am elated at the opportunity to mingle with other writers and learn from them, and I am completely humbled to think that I am getting the opportunity to fulfill a teenage fantasy of working for a big city newspaper.

I will keep this blog updated as I start this journey over the next couple of months. If you want to receive an email when I write a new post for this website, just sign up for my email subscription. For the next two weeks only, subscribing also means a coupon code for downloading my book of short stories online.

Thank you for your continued support. Your encouragement keeps me going through the ups and downs of this publishing journey.

Joy Jeter June 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm

So excited for you!

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