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Storytelling for Pantsers

Storytelling for Pantsers WHAT IS A PANTSER? Briefly put, a panster is someone who writes by the seat of his pants (or briefs, if you’re that kind of guy. Hey, no judgments here.) He–or she –is the writer who, like Spock and Bones, goes “where no man has gone before:”...

About Me

(I studied journalism at the University of Missouri: Columbia. Here I am on the right with some of my classmates in 2011.)

Annalisa Parent teaches writing classes in Vermont and across the country. She is the editor of Chair & Pen: Musings on Writing and the Writing Life, and Professor of English at Norwich University. She is a Vermont-State Certified Writing teacher, and a 2015 Vermont Teacher of the Year nominee.

A magna cum laude graduate of Middlebury College’s English Department & Creative Writing program, Parent studied writing under Julia Alvarez and Jay Parini. She likes to joke that she’s been writing stories since she could hold a crayon. Her first poem was published when she was 10 years old, and she was selected to read it aloud at a ceremony in the state house of her home state of New Hampshire. Suffice it to say that from a young age, writing had her hooked.

She writes for many local, national, and international publications, has written and produced sketches for a Telly-Award winning television show, and has co-written a novel which came out in December 2014. She is a firm believer in the Oxford Comma, but will defer to the AP style guidelines when necessary.


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Annalisa wrote for a Telly-Award winning television show on CBS for three seasons. As Copy Producer, she oversaw the production of scripts and their filming. She also co-starred in the “Odd Couple” and “What Not to Say” segments. The show won a Telly Award in its second season.

Annalisa was interviewed on Huffington Post about a dating blog she wrote for a character in her novel The Sassy Spinster.

Huff Post

She has been featured on many podcasts, including the  “Start your Thing” podcast, “The Coaching in Heels” podcast, and “Beyond Published” podcast.

Start Your Thing

Her writing has been featured nationwide in an article by the Associated Press.

She was the book reviewer and co-host on WFAD for three years, and has read poetry on South Korea’s “CNN,” Korean Broadcast Systems. She is a member of the board for the League of Vermont Writers and the editor of Chair and Pen, a publication that explores the writing process and the writing life. 


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