Faith Cotter


Faith Cotter is an award-winning writer and editor whose background includes reporting for one of Pennsylvania’s premiere newspapers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; sleuthing through boxes of legal documents while writing for The Innocence Institute of Point Park University; authoring a thesis on Harry Potter; and a job as an editor for Technology Publishing Company, where she learned more than she ever thought she would about the intricacies of applying paint to incredibly large structures. As a freelance editor, her latest projects include editing a trilogy of short novels and a report published by the Armenian division of the Caucasus Research Resource Center for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

She considers her biggest success placing first, above entries submitted by writers at New York University and Harvard University, in a regional journalism competition. The article then went on to win the competition’s overall national award.

In December of 2011, Faith graduated with multiple academic honors from Point Park University with a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism and Mass Communications and a minor in English. She is currently a graduate student at Chatham University, working toward a Master of Arts in Professional Writing with a concentration in technical writing and editing. She is focusing her studies on science and healthcare communication, web development, and publishing. She plans to graduate in December 2015.

Clara is the very first piece of fiction she’s published, and the narrative essay Paper Dragons followed shortly after.

Faith’s stories explore the connection of relics to the past and the future, as well as the ephemeral nature of memory, ideology, and emotion—with what she hopes are an endearing cast of characters tossed into the mix. Two more short stories, titled The Bone Daughter and Communion, will be out within the year.

She’s been teaching archery for five years and is pretty good with a bow when she has her glasses on. She has a recurve named The Everdeen and eventually wants to combine her love of archery with her love of horseback riding—if she can find a riding instructor who will let her.

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Where to find Faith Cotter online


Paper Dragons
Price: Free! Words: 3,940. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014 . Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Family relationships, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
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What would do with time that you didn’t think you'd have? In the wake of an illness that rocked their lives, Faith tries to pick up pieces of the past in an attempt to make life whole for herself and her brother John. Paper Dragons examines the kind of grief that is created by lost time, and the stories that break relationships apart—and puts them back together.
Clara: A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 3,270. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical, Fiction » Coming of age
Catholic school kid Clara Cooper wants to go home. She has some unfinished business to attend to, and really needs God to give her attempt at truancy a bit of heavenly aid. When she fails to convince the nurses, the principal, and her mama that she is sick enough to leave school, she decides to take matters into her own hands.