Nancy Huddleston Packer is the Melvin and Bill Lane Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English, Emerita. She talks about her undergraduate and graduate education as a time of maturing into a responsible student who studied theology as an intellectual pursuit rather than a religious one. Arriving at Stanford, Packer characterizes herself as a newlywed who was somewhat adrift in the unfamiliar world of the university. She recalls her development as a writer by noting the influences that Wallace Stegner had on her career. She also relates the history of the Creative Writing Program and her role in its development. Her publications range from books involving teaching to collections of short stories.