Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Katherine DiLeo

Analyze this: I arrived at Wheaton with a vast array of interests. After taking classes in Anthropology, Classics, and Political Science, I realized that my common denominator of success was in essay writing. When I was a sophomore, I took my first Creative Writing class ever: Introduction to Fiction Writing with Professor Deyonne Bryant. I realized not only that I liked writing fiction, but also that I have a good eye for assessing other writers’ work.

Wheaton connects: During my sophomore year, Professor Sue Standing heard from an alumnus that he was looking for a Wheaton intern to work at The Robbins Office, a literary agency. She put me in touch with him and I landed the position in just one week. The internship was so positive that my supervisor and I have kept in touch ever since, and I will become the office’s Agency Assistant in June.

The language of business: During my internship, I worked in a 10-person office, so I gained a deep understanding of an agent’s work and the importance of each interlocking part of the staff. The most valuable part of my experience was observing the logistical workings of such a successful and productive business, but it was also exciting to meet writers! I realized that I wanted to be a writer’s greatest ally in the publishing business.

New discoveries: I’m excited about becoming the Agency Assistant because I’ll be exposed to a little bit of everything, from reading author submissions to buying the office cookies! I’m also looking forward to living in New York City; not only is it the ideal place for a young person trying to break into the publishing world, but it is also one of the most exciting cities in the country. Who wouldn’t want to live there?

Life-long exploration: My mentors, Professor Bryant and Professor Meehan, have been invaluable in helping me visualize and achieve goals for my writing and my future. Since I’ve had very structured, comprehensive courses in creative writing and I’ve experienced the struggles of a writer, I’m equipped to read a piece of writing and know not only what isn’t working, but why it isn’t working and how it can be revised for the better.

Interview by Adara Meyers ’08