About the Author

WIN_20150908_135059Gwendolyn Saltzman

Gwendolyn was born and raised in Maryland. Her early years were a blur of books, theater, card games, board games, and mis-matched socks. It’s no surprise what sort of adult she became.

She graduated from Hollins University in 2011 with a degree in Creative Writing and Classical Philology. Her choice of majors was easy to make since she has been writing stories since before she knew the alphabet, and has long aspired to Spartan levels of sass. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with Departmental Honors.

Returning to Maryland with the ability to write a ten-page essay in one night, and an arsenal of insults too old for your grandpa’s grandpa, she taught Middle School Latin. After a year of busy nights and weekends, she started Apprentice Never Master to encourage herself to write on a regular basis.

Using the Ernest Hemingway quote (“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”) as a guideline, she has been running this daily fiction blog for three years with the intent to use the space as both playground and laboratory, continuing to practice, play, and experiment with how she tells stories. She hopes that her blog encourages others to find a safe space to do the same.


31 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. I am always inspired when I come across aspiring writers, and ones that are continually seeking to grow in both their writing and in themselves. I would like to encourage you further to keep going an growing!

  2. Oh, I see I am second lin line to nominate you for an award! Too late, I have published a link to your blog in my acceptance speech of today. You probably don’t need the extra recognition, but it’s nice anyway isn’t it.

  3. Hi there! I really enjoy your blog! Very witty! Also as a recent grad from the East Coast USA taking the path less travelled to become a writer I can relate! Good luck writing!

  4. I just sent you an email, and a tweet, but wanted to let you know that you won the raffle! You can get in touch with me about details (see email) whenever you have a chance and we’ll get your prizes to you!! xo!

  5. Hi Gwendolyn,
    I quietly follow your blog and I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award.

    Here are the Liebster Blog Award rules:
    1. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you (that’s my site).
    2. Answer the questions posted for you in my blog.
    3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
    4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to three blogs with 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.
    5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog.

    It’s okay if you choose not to participate, you still need to know I really enjoy your blog and look forward to my email reminders. Happy New Year!

    Will Wally Wonder

  6. Gwendolyn,
    Hello. I have been reading all of the stories on your blog site and I want to let you know I am enjoying them so much. I hope you will keep writing more stories like these. They are absolutely fantastic! Keep it up.

  7. What a fun character you have created! I love Gwendolyn when she says: ‘Yes. Woman incurably infected with wanderlust.’ You have a great feel for dialogue.

  8. I read your “sass” on Mr. Rothfuss’s book The Slow Regard of Silent Things … I could swear you channeled my spirit into your blog.

    And, on a related note, I love your writing! Finding a writer who is both talented and competent is, sadly, less and less common these days. Your style reminds me of autumn leaves swirling in the wind, and silvery moonlight caught in droplets of rain on a spider’s web – you bring the beauty of the little things, the details, to life in all their glory. It reminds me of Mr. Rothfuss …and in my opinion, that makes you worthy of a set of talent pipes. :)

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