Later Ranan attended Sarah Lawrence College and studied with poets like Jane Cooper, and Galway Kinnell-who turned out to be a major influence on her. After college she took a writing workshop with the feminist writer Erica Jong in New York City. Ranan was also living in NYC at the time and supporting herself with odd jobs. She decided to attend Smith College and get her Social Work degree. This gave her steady work, a focus, and she had a long-time interest in psychotherapy and the Human Services, making it a good fit for her.
For a review of The Quiet Room by Wendy Ranan go to:Off the Self: The Somerville News