Critically acclaimed writer Gregg Hurwitz, a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of 17 novels, returned to BCP on January 24, where he reflected on his high school years and shared advice with current students.
Hurwitz, a Bellarmine alumnus from the class of 1991, is a prolific writer whose works include novels, screenplays and comics.
“My biggest influence was at Bellarmine, for sure,” Hurwitz told students gathered in the school’s Leontyne Chapel on campus during a lunchtime question and answer session. “Here I fell in love with English,” said Hurwitz, praising the Bellarmine English department and calling it “as good as the English departments I went through at Harvard and Oxford.”
Hurwitz cited “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner, “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, and “Red Dragon” by Thomas Harris as the four most important works that have influenced him. “If you love novels, read 1,000 of them,” he told the students, while also advising them to “write about the thing that you love and that you have to write.”
With all his success in a variety of mediums, Hurwitz encouraged students to be true to themselves and to not sell-out. “There is nothing but moral decisions … it’s really about listening to yourself. Make your choices based on what you love … That’s where you’re going to be exceptional, and all of the logistics will take care of itself.”