nationally recognized as the Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. For
this month, the Haven Project focuses specifically on educating the IUP
community about sexual assault and providing programming that shows support for
victims and survivors of sexual violence. The Haven Project strives to create a
safer campus community for our students by sending the message that sexual
assault will not be tolerated and everyone should do their part in stopping
sexual assault and all forms of violence.
off the month, on Wednesday, April 7, the Haven Project
co-sponsored a virtual meet-an-author event with Layne Fargo, IUP alumna and
published author. This event was a collaboration between the IUP Libraries,
Haven Project, Office of Social Equity, Counseling Center, LGBTQIA Support, and
the Indiana Free Library. Layne is the author of novels Temper (2019)
and They Never Learn (2020), which is set to be in print on April 20,
also a mentor of Pitch Wars and the cocreator of the podcast Unlikeable
Never Learn, a
psychological thriller, is in the process of being made into a TV show series.
Fargo is currently writing the pilot episode and said that the experience has
inspired her to write a sequel of the novel.
Never Learn, English professor Scarlett Clark murders rapists, stalkers,
and abusive men. She is a professor by day and a serial killer by night.
“I like to
write about things that make me angry, like the patriarchy,” Fargo said. “My
literary agent calls it ‘my not-so-secret feminist agenda.’”
event, Fargo answered questions and talked about her experiences as a writer.
gave advice to aspiring writers about the writing process, as well as constructive
criticism and the journey to publication. “You have to be willing to take
rejection and criticism well,” Fargo said. “You should show your work to people
who are honest but not cruel.”
spare time, Fargo likes to read young-adult fantasy and romance novels. She
emphasized the character development often demonstrated in romance novels.
discussed her writing habits.
“I like to
write in the morning, since I’m a morning person,” she said. “And before
writing the novel, I write a script and focus on dialogue.”
she was inspired to write scripts by her theater/English double major at IUP.
She often took part in IUP’s TOST and Turned.
addition, Fargo drew inspiration from buildings and spots at IUP. Throughout They
Never Learn, Fargo makes references to the Oak Grove, Leonard Hall, and the
IUP Stapleton Library.
met her husband, Nathan Miller, a fellow theater major, at IUP. He was very
influential in her career.
questioned my ability to succeed,” Fargo said.
about her writing career, Fargo cited National Novel Writing Month, or
NaNoWriMo, as her source of inspiration.
always written stories since I was a kid,” Fargo said, “but I didn’t start
writing seriously until 2012 when I joined NaNoWriMo.”
Novel Writing Month inspired Fargo to finish her first novel. Having to write
50,000 words in a month challenged her to finish the piece. Although
the novel was never published, it provided a solid foundation for her future
talked about how rejection helped her to become a better writer.
novel was rejected over one hundred times,” she said. “Now it is thrilling when
I see my books in the book store. I would tell other writers to keep going.”
Fargo lives in Chicago with her husband and their pets.