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Writing Conference, Ashland, Oregon

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child reading“So much of a child’s life is lived for others. We learn what they want us to learn and show our learning for their gratification. All the reading I did as a child, behind closed doors, sitting on the bed while the darkness fell around me, was an act of reclamation. This and only this I did for myself. This was the way to make my life my own.” Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Ruined by Reading: A Life in Books