Yesterday Trent Reedy spoke in the plenary session. A veteran of the Afghanistan war, Reedy has written an acclaimed novel about an Afghani girl called WORDS IN THE DUST. His personal story is nothing short of electrifying. And, of course, when you listen to someone like Trent, you have that moment where you say to yourself, "I haven't been a soldier in Afghanistan. What do I have to write about?"
I do take comfort in David Sedaris's words: "My students were middle-class kids who were ashamed of their background. They felt like unless they grew up in poverty, they had nothing to write about .. . I felt sorry for these kids, that they thought their whole past was absolutely worthless because it was less than remarkable."
We all have stories. That is all.