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Meegan Kennedy recently received a big boost from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and thanks to its support, she soon will be able to resume her research full time into some of the little things in life. Very little things.

Once a year, right past the turnstiles of Florida State University's massive Strozier Library, something unusual is heard: the sound of a story being read.

Catherine Deborah Davidson-Hiers fascinated with people's connection to food, culture. Audrey Wheeler eager to tell the story of Caroline Crane Marsh.

When Misha Rai was a teenager, at an all-girls boarding school in India, she and her friends would secretly smuggle and read romance novels despite them being banned by the nuns. A combination of her clandestine love for this type of writing and her other literary obsession, detective novels, resulted in a very odd early ambition.

Cocoa Williams, a Ph.D. student in the English department at Florida State University, is a 2016 recipient of the Philanthropic Education Organization Scholar Award, a $15,000 merit-based honor for women pursuing doctoral degrees.

Would-be writers learn early on that being successful is half luck and half skill, author and Florida State PhD student Brandi George says, adding that it is essential for writers to learn how to deal with and ignore rejection as well.