Kaitlin J. French, a SUNY Canton senior from Governeur, recently had her short story “The Seek” selected for publication by the website Everydayfiction.com.
A Psychology major, French penned the story for a creative writing class taught by Assistant Professor Kirk K. Jones, who encouraged her to submit it for publication.
“Professor Jones’ class is unique in that he allows his students to take their work into their own hands,” she said. “There are very few restrictions, which encourages creativity.”
French said she enjoys writing poems and stories that have a dark undertone, and “The Seek” leans toward the horror genre, with a plot twist.
“The story is told from the point of view of a 5-year-old boy whose sister has gone missing,” she said.
Everydayfiction features works that are commonly referred to as “flash fiction” – brief stories that are typically 1,000 words or less. The website publishes one story per day, and “The Seek” is scheduled to appear Feb. 22.
Although there is no monetary compensation, French said it is an honor to be selected and has given her the confidence to keep writing. She recently submitted a second story for publication and is awaiting a decision.
“Kaitlin came into class a solid writer and speaker, with a balance of passion and humility that is often contagious in the classroom,” Jones said. “I have recommended a publisher in Australia review her work and look forward to hearing about her continued success as she moves forward.”
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SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.