Alison Caddell Bio
I am a creative writer at heart, who recognizes the viability of professional and technical writing.
I began my education with the mindset of receiving a degree that would guarantee work stability. Therefore, the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish seemed to be a sensible direction. After receiving this degree from the University of Montevallo, I returned to my hometown of Tuskegee, Alabama. After a short contract teaching Spanish to veterinary students, I found most work opportunities at Tuskegee University required skills outside of teaching or using Spanish.
Therefore, I found myself depending upon my writing and communication skills, in the following jobs:
Resident Hall Director
Grant Writing Assistant
Administrative Coordinator of Public Relations
I finally decided to explicitly pursue a career in writing, because it was the one thing I could remember consistently being passionate about. Despite my success at Tuskegee, I relocated to Florence, Alabama. There, I pursued the Master of Arts in Writing from the University of North Alabama.
Still thinking from the perspective of my passion, I chose Creative Writing as my concentration. Yet, I could not shake the need for practicality, so I completed several additional credit hours by adding technical and professional writing courses to a curriculum that only required classes in poetry, fiction, and pedagogy.
My reasoning was this: while creative writing fulfills most of my passion; professional and technical writing were more likely to offer career stability. Besides, no matter the type of writing, I enjoy teaching others how to become better writers.
Because I am just as passionate about teaching as I am about writing.