“Being a writer would mean so many things…. To do work that meant being oneself…. being a thinker and even a philosopher, exploring and loving—a quiet calm person who was open to life….”

—Charles Reich

“Unless you write yourself, you can’t know how wonderful it is. And if I don’t have the talent to write books or newspaper articles, I can always write for myself.”

—Anne Frank

For almost all my years inhabiting this planet, I have been writing. Beginning with an essay written in fifth grade entitled “Why I’m glad I’m not a girl,” through the final version of my most recent book, I Am Terezin, over half a century later, I’m still at it. I have written and been published in almost every genre including poetry, short stories and novels, essays and memoirs, traditional and creative nonfiction books, and articles and reviews.

 

So, am I a “writer”? Seems so. When did I become a “writer”? When I submitted my first short story to the New Yorker? (rejected). Sent my first book proposal to an agent? (rejected). Mailed my first novel to a publisher? (Yes, rejected). No, I became a “writer” back in fifth grade when I enjoyed writing that essay and then having the teacher read my composition to the class and then after that finding that I simply had to go on writing and just couldn’t stop even if I wanted to. That’s when I became a writer.

 

Are you a “writer”? I’ll be happy to answer that with a question: Do you write? If so, then you are a writer. You may not be a published writer but that’s another story (perhaps one that I can help you with—see the section regarding my services as a writing coach).

 

Because writing is a solitary pursuit when it comes to the actual writing, some writers, of which I am one, like to venture out on occasion to share their stories and thoughts in a medium where there is human contact. Hence, I’m more than happy to give readings and speak to groups about one or more of my books and the subjects they deal with (please see the Speaking Engagements and Readings section for more information).

 

If there is anything else you want to talk to me about that hasn’t been fully addressed in this website, then please contact me and yes, there is also a section ingeniously titled “Contact” to tell you how to do it. So, whether it’s to help you with your writing or arranging a speaking engagement or just having a good old fashioned conversation, I look forward to hearing from you.

Richard D. Bank

Author & Writing Coach

“Being a writer would mean so many things…. To do work that meant being oneself…. being a thinker and even a philosopher, exploring and loving—a quiet calm person who was open to life….”

—Charles Reich

“Unless you write yourself, you can’t know how wonderful it is. And if I don’t have the talent to write books or newspaper articles, I can always write for myself.”

—Anne Frank

Richard D. Bank

Author & Writing Coach