Do-Overs and Second Chances: Thoughts on Revision

on May 15, 2013

The French have a wonderful saying, l’esprit d’escalier, that translates to “staircase wit”: the smart comeback we think of after we’ve left the conversation and are already on the stairs.  Too little, too late.  Perhaps it is a witty reply, or perhaps it is the more thoughtful, appropriate response that failed to come to our… Read More

Andrea Lochen

Andrea Lochen

Though Andrea Lochen had dreamed of being an author since the third grade, she didn’t realize creative writing was “an actual thing” until she stumbled upon the program at the University of Wisconsin. After graduating from college, she made a brief sojourn to Mississippi (following a cute guy who would later become her husband). They found themselves living in different states for their first year of marriage: he in medical school in Wisconsin, and she in graduate school at the University of Michigan. During that time, Andrea was able to complete a rough draft of The Repeat Year, which received a Hopwood Award for the Novel.

Andrea has taught writing at the University of Michigan and currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. She lives in suburban Milwaukee with her husband and their adorably fluffy dog, Maddy. In her free time, she likes to bake cupcakes and cakes, spend time with her family, see musicals and plays, and read as much as humanly possible.