Ms. Metcalf’s career as a fiction writer


Dawn Metcalf is a new English teacher here at KO, and she has already managed to intrigue the community. Apart from being a mom and teacher, she is also a published author. Some of her works include “Indelible,” “Insidious,” “Invincible,” and “Invisible.” 

Her journey started in Highland Park Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago. After attending high school in her hometown, Ms. Metcalf attended Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and received her master’s degree at Harvard. She always knew she wanted to be a writer and ever since she can remember she was very passionate about it. 

Writing has always been a form of self-expression for Ms. Metcalf. A memory she remembers fondly is whenever she would fight with her parents, and the words would just seem to get stuck in her throat, she would write them down. After she wrote them down she would swiftly slide the letter under the door and quickly run away. 

Ms. Metcalf gets inspiration for her stories from issues in the world that she feels passionate about. Ms. Metcalf decided that the way she wants to make a change in the world is through her writing. She is known for her fiction writing, mainly her dystopian fantasy novels. Ms. Metcalf writes science fiction, fantasy, as well as young adult fantasy.

Ms. Metcalf is working on a number of exciting things at the moment, although she claims that she is always working on something because there are so many different things that she is passionate about. Ms. Metcalf is currently writing a collaborative piece, and has really been hooked on writing collaborative fiction in general. “One of the upsides of COVID-19 was that it broke down all the barriers, so being able to collaborate with people from all over the world has been amazing,” Ms. Metcalf said. 

A long term project that Ms. Metcalf has been working on is observing the development of language over the years. She has noticed that since the beginning of time, language is constantly evolving. The earliest signs of language interpretations were cave drawings and now language has evolved into the use of symbols via emojis. She even worked the topic of language into one of her more recent lesson plans. Currently she is also outlining a story that she one day wishes to have published. 

Ms. Metcalf says that she enjoys teaching because she genuinely enjoys people and she learns so much from her students. Even though it has been a challenge to balance writing, teaching, and being a mom, Ms. Metcalf genuinely enjoys all of it and is excited to see where her journey takes her.