How I Became a Writer
If you feel you have a story to tell, you will. Often, people give up on writing because the odds of becoming a published writer seem so daunting. Thrity Umrigar will talk about her improbable journey from being a middle-class kid in India to becoming a bestselling author in America. Luck played a big role but so did years of work and sacrifice. Maybe her story will inspire you to tell your own.
About Thrity Umrigar
Thrity Umrigar was born in Bombay, India. As a Parsi child attending a Catholic school in a predominantly Hindu country, she had the kind of schizophrenic and cosmopolitan childhood that served her well in her life as a writer. She has written award winning fiction and non-fiction and her work has been published in over 15 countries.
Umrigar came to the United States when she was 21 and has an undergraduate degree in Business, an M.A. in Journalism, and a Ph.D. in English. She is a Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. Her latest novel, The Secrets Between Us, is a triumphant sequel to The Space Between Us. Bhima, the unforgettable main character, struggles against the circumstances of class and misfortune to forge a new path for herself and her granddaughter in modern India. Bhima says, “It isn’t the words we speak that make us who we are. Or even the deeds we do. It is the secrets buried in our hearts.”