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For the Love of Writing

By By Angel Roy, Lowell Sun

They shared the pride and pitfalls of being paid, published writers, from the rush of creativity to the balance of commerce and art.

"We four have been able to make all or most of their living writing. ... But there are hazards. There is always a dark side to the light," said Andre Dubus III, a writer and professor at UMass Lowell.

Dubus joined fellow authors Tom Perotta, Anita Shreve and Ann Hood at a session on writing Saturday, one of the highlights of the four-day Jack Kerouac Literary Festival. The forum drew several hundred people to the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center.

Read more about Kerouac Festival.