We are always delighted when Kate Abbott, the editor of Berkshires Week and a terrifically talented writer, turns her attention to Edith Wharton and The Mount. Over the years, Kate has written thoughtful, insightful pieces about poet Mark Strand, poet Kevin Young, and WordFest at The Mount, among many other subjects. Recognizing her passion for literature and learning, we invited her to The Mount in 2012 to address young writers on the art and craft of writing as a journalist. Here’s what she wrote on the Berkshires Week blog about that experience, and the text of the talk about writing–and listening–she shared with her young audience. Take a look when you can. We promise: it’s worth the read!