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Mount Katahdin - Northern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail
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Crescent Pond Maine at sunset - Appalachian Trail
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writer : jemitch65@verizon.net
John Mitchell
illustration
Camino de Santiago: Finisterre, Spain; Mile Marker 0.0

I am a 52 year old husband and father of two who was laid-off during the Great Recession in 2011. Sorely needing answers and direction, I took or rather escaped to the north woods of Maine and hiked the infamous 100 Mile Wilderness and stood on the summit of Mount Katahdin with a new sense of inspiration and purpose. Rather than returning to the "insurance cubicle", I went back to school to do what I have always dreamed, becoming a high school history teacher. While in school, my 50 page thesis regarding President Nixon and the Cold War received attention from my professor and was subsequently published in the New England Journal of History in the spring of 2013. The epiphany first realized in the deep woods of Maine led me on a spiritual journey to France and across northwestern Spain walking the Camino de Santiago where the transformation from who I was to who I am was completed. I have since completed my studies and obtained a position teaching history in a nearby high school. I have written of my experiences in completed memoirs called 12 Days in Maine and Walking with Blisters to Serenity: A Massachusetts Yankee on the Camino de Santiago. I am returning to Spain to walk all 600 miles of the Camino Del Norte in the summer of 2015 and am planning a summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in the summer of 2016. Why one might ask? Because I never want to stop dreaming, discovering or exploring. Henry David Thoreau once said "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” I don’t just believe those words, they are part of my DNA. I am seeking to move my two memoirs forward with the assistance of an agent or editor.


years experience: 3

This writer is looking for an agent
SKILLS
Writing
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
Mind/body/spirit, Memoir
MOST RECENT PROJECTS
Memoir:
1. 12 Days in Maine (87,800 words)
2. Walking with Blisters to Serenity: A Massachusetts Pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago (94,792 words)
SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
Member of the Cape Cod Writers Center, Framingham State University: Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society, Providence College Master of Arts History program, High School History Teacher, and publishing credit on the Cold War in the New England Journal of History (spring 2013).