Missouri-native, Addie Scoggin, is a committed writer and explorer. Her most recent adventure embodied her two favorites: teaching English and traveling the world. She lived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and taught English Language full time in the all-female Advanced Science Program in Al Dhara Secondary School.
With a Master of Arts in Professional Writing from Southeast Missouri State University, Addie has devoted several years to teaching writing in higher education, including her position as the former Writing Lab Coordinator and adjunct English instructor at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, MO. She has studied theories of composition and rhetoric pedagogies, believing that the process of writing should be more important than the final product. Addie’s primary area of research was in creative nonfiction, specifically travel memoir and neo-confessionalism, which emphasizes the idea that grief memoir is the latest literary phenomenon of surrendering one’s private life in a “tell-all” writing style. It’s recently become a movement without regard to society’s traditions. In Addie’s master’s thesis, “Travel Memoir: An Outward Exploration and Discovery of Self” she cites an example of Liz Gilbert’s novel, Eat, Pray, Love, and how Liz unapologetically collapses the boundary between the narrator’s staged presentation of “I” and the unconscious vested choice of what-to-reveal and what-to-exclude. That way, the reader shares in the “shock art” of Liz’s breakdown post-job loss, dissolved marriage, and desperate scramble to leave America to find healing through travel.
Addie is fueled by her passion for new and exciting opportunities in writing, traveling, and learning. She believes success in the workplace starts with mindfulness–a tenet she lives out through her interests in meditation, exercising, gardening, and soaking up nature. Addie is and always will be ready to accept the next challenge; to keep in touch, stay tuned to her latest blog posts and vlogs via her YouTube channel, which she updates (not as often as she likes).
Liz Gilbert, author of Big Magic & Eat, Pray, Love
Do what you love so much that the words FAILURE and SUCCESS essentially become irrelevant.