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The professor from Brescia is passionate about writing horror fiction; uses lessons to help inspire students

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Jamie Alvey, a professor at the University of Brescia, wants to teach his students to love the art of writing – a little.

Using what she learned as a student at Brescia, then returning to teach part-time in 2019 and now as a full-time teacher, Alvey uses her writing lessons to teach not just writing introduction but also advanced courses, as well as some literature courses. .

“It’s always cool to see students connect with writing for the first time or create a stronger relationship with it,” she said. “My goal is always to help students learn writing in a painless and interesting way.”

She also uses her writing experiences to show the connection. As an analytical writer for various publications, author of short stories and screenplays and a personal essay which will be released on October 23 at Hear Us Scream: Voices of Horror, Volume IIAlvey shows students how her life as a teacher parallels her life as a writer.

Alvey said she had always enjoyed telling stories and reading, so she turned to storytelling.

“I spent a good part of my high school years writing short stories mostly for myself, and in college I started to branch out and share my work with other people,” said she declared. “I think writing appeals to me because it’s something I can lose myself in as a reader. There is power in the written word and the holding that is truly a gift.

She thinks she didn’t choose the horror genre, rather he chose her.

“My mom…is a lifelong fan of the genre, so I got in touch with her through her,” she said. “I then learned to love it myself. I’ve always been one to love scary and macabre media, so horror seemed like the perfect fit for me. If I’m Cinderella, horror is my gender glass slipper.

She published short stories, but said many of these presses have gone out of business, so she submits them for reissue.

His latest screenplay Housewifetook two years to prepare because she put it on hold to focus on the needs of her students.

“I don’t regret putting it aside because it gave me more time to spend with my characters and learn what I want from the play,” she said.

His previous screenplay, Passers-bywas written in a month, but perfected in five years.

“It was my first screenplay, so I learned a lot about the process,” she said.

The reviews and comments on her work are what she has called “interesting – some people don’t like the content while others love it”.

Alvey said: “In college I wrote plays that made people cry. I upset a lot of people and killed characters. I recently finished a short story called beasts beyond the gateand writer Christine Makepeace praised me as she compared the short story to the atmosphere of Emma Tammi’s 2018 film The wind.”

One of her favorite comments on her work comes from Mary Beth McAndrews, EIC of dread center, who was so involved in the story that she mistook it for a movie that had already been produced.

“[She] was scouring the internet and Twitter for the title before realizing she was thinking of Passers-by“, Alvey said. “I think about that a lot. It was funny and heartwarming. It always makes me smile.”

With her latest book released this month, Alvey said she is constantly writing and also constantly busy teaching.

“It’s such a rewarding experience. I loved the chance to come back to my alma mater and make a difference there,” she said.

To find links to his social media and original work, visit him website.