Amateur Writing Group's New Director Pitches Its Story

Carrie Spitler is not a professional writer. She majored in political science in college, and has worked as a fund raiser for her entire professional life. She often spends her free time cooking or riding her bicycle.

But that's okay with the organization that just hired her to be its new executive director. Ms. Spitler, who is 32, now heads the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, an organization whose raison d'être is based on the idea that you do not have to be professionally