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Clayton Schanilec


My name is Clayton Schanilec. I have focused on three different careers in my life so far. First I owned and operated a graphics business that specialized in prepping fiction and poetry manuscripts for small press publications. Then the travel bug bit me and I spent 8 years traversing the globe, performing as a traditional step-dancer. Family life beckoned, so I settled into a high school English teaching career that began in 1997 and continues today.

Throughout it all I have always been a writer. Trained at the University of Iowa's undergraduate Fiction Writer's Workshop, I honed my craft. I published several short stories but am still awaiting that big break with a novel. Most of my publishing has been with newspaper feature stories in the Twin Cities where I reside. I still consider it a priority to spend at least an hour first thing in the morning working on my fiction.

I am a single dad enjoying the presence of my two daughters half of the time: Eleanor, 13, and Emily, 8. They are bright lights in my life. I have mostly traded in the tap shoes for the fiddle and play often on weekends with my band, Poor Benny.

Favorite Subjects

Composition, English, Creative Writing, English as a Second Language, Literature, Reading

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