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Emerging Voices develops writers who have taken nontraditional paths
Emerging Voices develops writers who have taken nontraditional paths

Five months pregnant and living off post-traumatic stress disorder disability checks at her home in Echo Park, Cynthia Bond entered PEN Center USA's Emerging Voices Fellowship in 2005 with only a first draft of a novel. When she finished the program, she had a newborn, an agent and a second draft of her novel, "Ruby." Drawing from her experience with human trafficking as a child, the novel was published last spring, and its sales, along with part-time work teaching therapeutic writing at a rehabilitation center, support Bond and her 9-year-old. Run out of the Beverly Hills office of the nonprofit PEN Center USA, the program is a unique resource in Los Angeles, offering...

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