To enrich the literacy program, local author Joseph Cutshall-King spoke about his writing career to students in the Special Education division at the F. Donald Myers Education Center.
He told the students he began writing a column on local events for the daily Glens Falls newspaper The Post-Star when he was 28 years old. He told his boss that he could not do all the various writing and was told by his boss that he had to keep the job. For 19 years, he wrote that column and another one. King shared with students how difficult it can be to have an editor criticize your writing, but in the end it’s rewarding. “Everyone has a story inside of them,” said Mr. Cutshall-King. He advised the students to write about personal experiences, and asked several students what their passions were to show them that they had something to write about.
He also talked about how he got the idea to write his first novel, "The Burning of The Piping Rock,” which is a historical mystery based on the unsolved arson of Piping Rock Casino in Saratoga Springs in 1954, from his father who unwittingly got involved with some dicey associates. King wished he had spoken more to his dad about local history, but at the time, he didn’t think of it.
Mr. Cutshall-King explained to students about doing the research and the writing process when creating a novel.
Mr. Cutshall-King is also the author of several books of local history: "Hospital by the Falls," "Con Amore--the Italian History of Fort Edward," and "Cornerstone of the Future: a History of the First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls, NY." He also co-edited “Sherlock Holmes, Victorian Sleuth to Modern Hero," with Sally Sugarman and Charles R. Putney.