Production Assistant

Wilma W. Whale
33 Symbiotic Way
Coral Reef, FL 22017

May 7, 2006

Janice Howell
Houghton Mifflin Company
12 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02987

Dear Ms. Howell,

As a May 2006 graduate of Monash University, I have developed an understanding of children’s literature through my extracurricular involvement in children’s theatre. Through this work, I have discovered a passion that aligns with the mission of your organization. Based on this shared value, as well as my experiences performing and interacting with children, I am applying for a production assistant position at Houghton Mifflin.

Much of my time at Monash was devoted to working with the Traveling Treasure Trunk, a student-run children’s theater group that performs for elementary and preschool students in the Boston area. Throughout the creation process, whether developing scripts, learning roles, or warming up before a show, the focus was always on how to communicate a positive message in a way that would be fun and exciting for the audience.

One major part of the creation process was developing plays by adapting children’s stories or by brainstorming original ideas. As a member of the troupe and as its president, I had the opportunity to both create two plays and work with others to help develop their ideas into workable theater pieces. This written aspect is one of the elements I hope to further pursue through a position at Houghton Mifflin.

This spring I am working as an intern for the Horn Book Guide and Magazine. Working for such a prestigious editorial publication has allowed me to develop an in depth background in children’s literature and publishing which I believe will aid me in my work as a production assistant. It has also given me an understanding of the importance of quality reading materials in elementary education, something that is clearly a focus of the publishing at Houghton Mifflin.

Thank you for considering me for this position. If you have any questions you can contact me at (617) 552-1212 or by email at I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.


Wilma W. Whale (signature)

Wilma W. Whale