By Katie Jackson
Stories can change lives. Just ask author and educator Marlin Barton, a man who has witnessed firsthand the transformative power of stories.
Barton grew up in Montgomery and Forkland, hearing stories read and told by family and neighbors. Those stories helped a young Barton overcome a learning disorder and go on to become an award-winning short story writer and novelist with six books to his name and a seventh on the way.
Stories are at the heart of his work teaching creative writing to graduate students at Converse College in South Carolina and to teenagers at Alabama’s Mt. Meigs juvenile correction facility. He sat down with us recently to talk about his personal story, the life-changing power of sharing stories and his writing.
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