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E. Lockhart
E. Lockhart

E. Lockhart

Brooklyn, NY USA

"Getting a Ph.D. feels like you’re going to go up this huge mountain on this narrow path. But then you get to the top and realize, if I can do that, I can do anything."

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E.'s work combines: Writing, Education, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life


I am a writer of children's picture books, young-adult novels, and adult fiction.

My Day to Day

Writing and rewriting.

Skills & Education

Advice for getting started

I just did it. A wrote one page at a time until it was finished. Once I did that, I felt like I could write anything.

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    English Language and Literature, General

    Vassar College

  • Doctorate

    English Literature (British and Commonwealth)

    Columbia College

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Often writes under her pen name “E. Lockhart,” but has also published work under her birth name, Emily Jenkins.

  • 2.

    Her father was a playwright and she spent a large amount of her childhood going to rehearsals with him—credits this as her first education in storytelling.

  • 3.

    Has wanted to be a writer since she was eight years old and even wrote two novels while in third grade.

  • 4.

    Her biggest dream was to write for Marvel Comics, but she had no idea how to get her foot in the door.

  • 5.

    Decided to go to graduate school at Columbia University to become a literature professor—says she chose her 19th-century British literature major because she liked to read novels and it felt safe.

  • 6.

    Admits that she wasn’t happy there, but used it as an opportunity to read and write all that she could.

  • 7.

    By the time she graduated, she knew she wanted to pursue writing full-time—she is now a celebrated author, having written over 40 children’s books, young adult, and adult fiction novels.

  • 8.

    Her favorite audience to write for are young adults—says that genre allows writers the unique opportunity to be activists, advocates, and effect real change in the world.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Myself:

    Writing a dissertation is impossible.

  • How I responded:

    I just did it. A wrote one page at a time until it was finished. Once I did that, I felt like I could write anything.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Because I'm a writer and I work for myself, paychecks can be infrequent or unreliable. You just have to be comfortable with that uncertainty.