Jean Hegland was born in 1956 and raised in
Pullman, Washington, just eight miles from the Washington/Idaho
border. Her mother taught high school and college level English,
and was the Pullman High School librarian for many years,
and her father was a professor of English at Washington State
University. From them she learned to love books, reading,
and writing, and her father had a very profound influence
on her own teaching philosophy and methods.
began college at Fairhaven College in Bellingham, Washington,
and received her BA in Liberal Arts from Washington State
University in 1979. In 1984, after devoting several years
to the kinds of jobs she is now grateful for having had because
of the varied experiences they gave her—from designing
and making stained glass windows to cleaning the local nursing
home—she received a MA in Rhetoric and the Teaching
of Composition from Eastern Washington University.
1984 she accepted a job in the English Department at Santa
Rosa Junior College. After her first child was born in 1986,
she taught part-time in that department, most frequently Creative
Writing which she enjoys a great deal. She is proud of the
many students she has been able to work with who have gone
on to become successful writers, and equally proud of the
many others who have expanded their skills and deepened their
appreciation of writing on a more personal level.
is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences and workshops,
as well as at universities, colleges, and bookstores. In the
winters of 2003 and 2004, she taught creative writing for
the Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences in Sicily and
in spring 2003, she was Writer in Residence at the College
of York St. John in York, England.
and her husband live in the forests of northern California,
where they keep busy watching—and trying to aid in—the
fledging of their three children.
For more information about Jean's books and work, please visit http://www.wix.com/lfrancesca/bibliography-of-jean-hegland