“How to Become a Writer” is a short story by Lorrie Moore. It was originally published in 1985 in her debut story collection, entitled Self-Help. The story follows a young woman named Francie who, while in high school, develops a strong interest in writing. She continues to pursue this interest during and after college, while attempting to navigate discouraging criticisms and personal challenges. This story explores themes of adversity, relationships, and purpose as identity.