One of my favorite writing spots at MacDowell

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A long, long time ago, I had the chance to have a few stories critiqued by a writer with two books out at the time. I sent my stories to him in the mail, and a little while later I received a thick manila envelope back. Inside were my marked-up stories and also almost a dozen pages of single-spaced notes. I was awed, having expected only maybe a brief email in response. Nobody, not even the people in my writing group, had so thoroughly dissected these stories. We exchanged a few more letters after then, and I took what I learned and wrote and wrote. Now, as I work on edits for my forthcoming novel, I still think on the thoughts that George Saunders had so generously given. Am so very glad that he won the Booker. Thank you, and congratulations.

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Should you come across this issue of StoryQuarterly at your local bookstore or library, you’ll also find a chapter from my forthcoming novel in there, among fine company.

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