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Courtney Perry for The Chronicle

“My literature degree wouldn’t have taken me far without the work” as a reporter at the U. of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 
writes the author, “but my work wouldn’t have been as rich without the literature degree.”

Now and then, I get invited to journalism classes to talk to students about making a living as a writer. Last year I got a particularly special invitation: to speak to a room full of budding journalists at the Minnesota Daily, the college paper of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. This was the place where I learned about writing as real work—late at night and on weekends, cranking out profiles and essays to see them dropped within a