Author Connie Wesala Credits CGCC and MCC Writing Programs
Oct, 1 2017
In 2015, The Maricopan (the Maricopa Community Colleges employee, adjunct staff, and faculty-focused news, updates, and events forum) highlighted former Maricopa student Connie Wesala for publishing her first book, “The House on 4th Street.”
Today, we want to acknowledge Wesala again on publishing her third novel, “We'll Find a Way” – a sequel to her 2015 tale which follows the protagonist over the next year of difficult situations. Her second book is a romance story set in Oxford, England.
Wesala says she did what she had always wanted to do after retiring – go back to school.
Though Wesala has a B.A. from the University of Central Oklahoma – Edmond, a master’s degree from University of Minnesota – Winona, and an Educational Leadership – Secondary Administration certificate from Northern Arizona University, she went on to earn a certificate in creative writing from Chandler-Gilbert Community College in 2014.
“I had never considered writing, even as an English major, or later as an educator. Just before I retired, I happened on the CRW program and Patrick Finn,” Wesala says, referring to Patrick Michael Finn – a residential faculty member and professor of Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature at the CGCC Pecos Campus.
“I decided to try a class and loved Patrick's approach to writing short stories. He was very encouraging even though I was very uncertain, and I completed the certificate program,” she says. “Chris Schnick, Josh Rathkamp, and Katy Grant were also wonderful instructors at CGCC and [Mesa Community College].”
Wesala says Finn insisted her short stories could be woven into a novel, and mentored her through the process in 2014. “I would never have started as an author without the community college program,” she says. “I learned the craft of writing but also felt mentored the entire time.”
For more information, visit the Connie Wesala website, or visit the Composition, Creative Writing & Literature webpage at the CGCC website.