About Mary F. O'Sullivan

I have been writing since I was five years old and found a pencil and a tablet in the glove compartment of my parents' car. I spent one whole, long, sunny, summer, Sunday afternoon filling the tablet with great prose. Since I had not yet actually learned to write standard American English, in fact, I had not yet learned to print standard American English, the tablet full of thoughts had limited communication possibilities. I could read my invented script for another year or so, but after that, as I learned to print with big block letters on that old lined green paper, I gradually forgot my own invented written language and lost the ability to decipher what I had written in the tablet.


I never lost my fascination with writing and have written fiction, nonfiction, and academic articles since my first attempts with that tablet and pencil. I taught writing for over thirty years at four and two-year colleges. I earned a B.S. in English from Mankato State University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My dissertation research focused on the relationships between traditional literacy and computer literacy. It was that work which led me to exploring the opportunities for both writing and teaching utilizing the resources of internet.


Since retiring I have been voluntering and managing websites for nonprofits, as well as continuing to work on my coding skills. This site is a reference for me and for anyone happening upon it.

Mary F. O'Sullivan, Ph.D.
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