During the years leading up to her marriage with Leonard Woolf in 1912, the future Virginia Woolf was teaching herself how to be a writer. While her brothers were sent first to private schools, Virginia Stephen and her sister Vanessa were informally educated at home. With this background, how did she know she was a writer? What were her struggles? How did she teach herself? What made Miss Stephen into the author Virginia Woolf? Novelist Rosalind Brackenbury explores these questions and others, and in the process reveals what Virginia Woolf can give to young writers today.