Joyce Carol Oates on the Importance of Reading for Writers

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Last updated: Sep 13, 2021 • 4 min read

“Reading is the springboard to writing.” - Joyce Carol Oates

If you’re a writer, think of reading as an apprenticeship. Reading allows you to study other writers in order to shape your own style. Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most prolific American writers. Her career spans six decades and her novels, novellas, and short stories cover numerous literary genres. She has written New York Times bestsellers and penned suspense novels under the pseudonym Rosamond Smith. Joyce has also been an avid reader since she was growing up in Lockport, New York. Even today, as one of the most accomplished writers in the United States, Joyce Carol Oates is a firm believer that reading other writers can inform and elevate one’s own work.