Mean Girls

There were some mean girls in my fifth grade class but I wasn’t one of them.  I was a nice girl and I had nice girl friends.  Four of us nice girls had formed a group to work on a school project and we had divided up all the tasks and figured out how we… [Read More]


The biography that first introduced me to Edith Wharton was Shari Benstock’s  No Gifts From Chance (1994).  From there, I worked my way back to R.W.B. Lewis’ Edith Wharton; A Biography (1975) and then forward to Hermione Lee’s Edith Wharton (2007).  By the time I’d devoured these three books I was grabbing anyone I met… [Read More]

Fairy Tale

I taught first grade at an English-speaking school for foreigners in Seoul from 1975-1977.  Korea was a poor country at that time and the walk each morning from my small, Korean-style house to Seoul Foreign School was dusty and colorless.  Animal carts and bicycles pulling heavy loads shared the road with cars and it was… [Read More]

A Place to Write

Here’s some advice I received years ago that I’ll pass along to you: Never let yourself get tied to one specific place where you write. It’s much better to be able to write anywhere. Here’s the truth about how carefully I followed have that particular advice: My absolute favorite place to write is the Bagel… [Read More]

Connie Wooldridge To Be Keynote Speaker at “2011 Edith Wharton Writing Competition” Awards

Edith Wharton Writing Competition April 30th 2011 – 3:00 PM -5:00 PM The Mount, 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA 01240 Event is Free & Open to the Public More Information Writing Competition Winners (413) 551-5111

Program at Helen Berube Teen Parent Program

April 29, 2011 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Helen Berube Teen Parent Program School Near The Mount (Edith’s Home in Lenox, Massachusetts), Helen Berube Teen Parent Program students participate in the annual “Edith Wharton Writing Competition.”

Program at Miss Halls School

April 29, 2011 12:35 PM – 1:45 PM Miss Halls School School Near The Mount (Edith’s Home in Lenox, Massachusetts), Miss Halls School students participate in the annual “Edith Wharton Writing Competition.”

Thinking Hard

At an early age, I came to the notion that there was something to be understood in the world out there and that it would take some hard thinking to get to it. I did my first thinking on a wooden rocking horse with metal springs.  Things to think about would pile up, I’d climb… [Read More]

A Real Writer

It’s 1990, I’ve just had my first few stories published in Highlights for Children and Cricket, and I’m wondering if I’m a Real Writer now. The editor of a Cricket story about the legendary King Canute, who ordered the tide not to come in, is intrigued about a plaque in Southampton, England commemorating the event. … [Read More]

The Library

When I was in elementary school, going to the library once a week ranked even above gym class as my favorite thing to do.  My librarian’s name was Mrs. Southward.  She had us list the names of each book we checked out on a small, white sheet of paper.  The first thing she did when… [Read More]