On October 8, the Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum was packed with aspiring creative writers and avid fans of the novelist Jennifer Weiner. Weiner, a number one New York Times bestselling-author, television producer and former journalist, shared her story of how she achieved world-renowned success as a creative writer. Known for her novels, “Good in Bed,” “In Her Shoes,” and most recently, “All Fall Down,“ Weiner has made a major impact in women’s fiction. During her visit to Goucher, she met with aspiring creative writers to answer questions about her novels and her work advocating for female writers.
During her talk to the Goucher community, Weiner discussed her beginnings as a writer just out of Princeton, and the path she took that led her to success. She began as journalist for the State College area, writing about education, and then moved around until she got an offer writing for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Meanwhile, Weiner was working on her first novel, “Good In Bed,” every night until she reached out to an agent willing to help her publish her novel. The novel achieved major success, and her second novel reached enough success to be turned into a movie staring Cameron Diaz.
Weiner’s humor and personality charmed her presentation which was filled with personal anecdotes about her family life and their reactions to her success as a writer. One anecdote was about when Weiner told her mother that her first book was being published. She stated that the moment when one discovers they will be published is the best moment one can hope for. Except for her. Since the title of her novel was “Good In Bed,” the moment was more awkward than special.
The event was packed, and it appeared that all the guests were entertained by Weiner’s life story.