Authors Julie Buxbaum and Jeff Zetner Talk Music, Writing, and Their Journeys as Writers at FHN

Posted on 05/15/2017
Authors Julie Buxbaum and Jeff Zetner with a student

On Wednesday, May 10, award-winning authors Jeff Zetner and Julie Buxbaum visited Francis Howell North (FHN) High School to share their experiences with the students in Janie Wilkins’ creative writing class. Students were excited to meet the authors, and have their questions answered about their stories and life experiences. Zetner and Buxbaum’s visit was filled with stories of hilarious and unique experiences that shaped the stories that they have written. Their goal was not only to encourage students to read, but to inspire them to be great writers, and become the best that they can truly be in whatever they choose to do.

Jeff Zetner has received the William C. Morris Award and Carnegie Medal for his two latest books, “Goodbye Days” and “The Serpent King.” He comes from a musical background, and has toured and collaborated with artists such as Iggy Pop and Thurston Moore.

“I never thought writing would be something that I would be able to do. I’ve had no creative writing classes or anything, but I have always wanted to make art,” said Zetner. “I started making music and playing guitar when I was a teenager, recorded albums, and even toured. However, my dream to become a musician faded when I was 34. Then, I pursued law school and pushed myself to start writing! I wrote about 70% of The Serpent King on my phone on the bus.”

Julie Buxbaum is a New York Times Best-selling author. Her book, “Tell Me Three Things” was her young adult debut. Just like Zetner, she pursued law school at Harvard. During the presentation, she shared insights about some of her books, her journey to become a writer, and her family.

Buxbaum shared an insightful, timely gem with the students. “There will be a lot of things that happen in life that are not OK. Don’t worry though; because you will be OK.” 

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