Fracaswell Hyman’s claim to fame almost never happened. The television writer better known as “Cas” had a job working for a theatre company doing odd jobs and was at a breaking point.

“I had decided I was leaving – that was it,” Hyman told a group of Dutch Fork High School students during a special writing workshop visit. “Then the owner asked what he had to do to keep me from leaving. I told him I wanted to write.”

And so that was that. Hyman was given an opportunity to write plays, and get paid to do it that entire summer.

“It was fun, and I always wrote the plays with just hours to spare before they were due,” Hyman laughed. “They were really bad.”

Since then, Hyman went on to become a successful television writer. His most well-known work included shows on the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Hyman wrote for shows such as Gullah Gullah Island, Little Bill and Romeo.

The award-winning writer shared his philosophy for writing with students who may one day also pursue a career in the field.

“The only difference between you and famous writers is making the effort,” Hyman said. “Sit down and write. Take the opportunities. Write the book that you want to read. Write what you love.”

Hyman’s down-to-earth personality and honesty about the writing business gave hope to students like Dutch Fork junior Jeffery Taylor-Wallace.

“This has been so enlightening to me because hearing from Mr. Hyman makes me believe that my passion for writing can really be a career,” Taylor-Wallace said. “Hearing his story puts less pressure on me that I feel like I must get a job writing right away. It will happen when it is supposed to with hard work.”

Hyman left the students with his biggest piece of advice.

“Be honest with yourselves. That’s the key about being a writer,” Hyman said. “The essence of writing is rewriting. The more you write, the easier it will come to you. Nobody writes a first draft masterpiece. Own it, embrace it. That’s the great thing about life is that things happen for a reason.”