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Two Pens

Sharon Crockett

Specializing in non-fiction narrative and feature writing. Focused on social history -- World War II | African-Americans | Design & Decorative Arts   

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My Story

I write non-fiction narratives and feature articles that emphasize my twin passions:  social history -- especially of African-Americans -- and design history. Occasionally, social and design history overlap. Two current interests of mine:  African-Americans during the World War II era and 19th-century African-American craft.


I've been writing my whole life:

  • White papers

  • Investor informational books published by corporations, such as Standard & Poor's, a subsidiary of McGraw-Hill, and financial institutions, including the New York Federal Reserve Bank 

  • Design blogs -- mine and those of others 

  • Literature reviews in design research  


My past non-fiction informational writing has drawn on both my finance/economics education (B.A. Economics, Johns Hopkins University; M.B.A. Finance/Business Economics, Columbia University) and a 20-year career in the securities industry and banking.  Additional education in  design (A.A.S. Parsons) and a second career in interior design and design research has informed my more recent non-fiction writing. As a long-time amateur historian, however, I am most drawn to writing, especially in non-fiction narrative form, about historical subjects -- profiles of everyday people and interesting events of the past -- and revealing them through storytelling.


What I Offer

Original Content

I'm always on the hunt for uncovered history -- especially African-American historical topics --, such as the Buffalo Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Regiment Bicycle Corps, who rode bicycles on a 1,900-mile journey in the late 1890's from Montana to Missouri. This topic is ripe for research and could be the subject of a future feature article or even non-fiction narrative book.


Digging into the details. Finding the "last surviving" person of an historical event. Oral histories. Uncovering new primary sources. Family genealogy.  This is the kind of research I relish. Most recently I uncovered long-lost WW II correspondence between a "colored" doctor and his wife.  This will serve as a fascinating primary source for a future historical narrative.

Telling the Truth with Poetry

Just because something happened in the past doesn't mean reading about it has to read like a dry history textbook.  I try to bring poetry to my non-fiction writing so that readers can feel, taste, hear and see past worlds and the people who inhabited them.  For instance, in exploring the life of a mid-century modern industrial designer, Russel Wright, I would strive to describe the sensation of wandering through the treehouse-like home he designed and built in Garrison, New York so that the reader can virtually walk through it while also gaining a better understanding of how its design reflects the social and cultural currents of America in the early 1960's.

Challenging the Reading Audience

I strive to work with literary agents, editors and publishers to meet their content needs not merely by re-hashing what's already in the marketplace, but by bringing less-heard voices to the non-fiction narrative reading audience.  The marketplace of ideas and content in historical non-fiction narrative especially is wide-open and ripe for introducing peoples and events from the past that have been under-represented and are waiting to be revealed.

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