Another great day at the Stegner conference. Met many interesting people and discovered that Margaretta Mitchell took the cover photograph for the Stegner bio I reviewed. (See that photo a few posts down.)
As we discussed the photo shoot, I realized she had captured Stegner's winning nonchalance, a quality I emphasized in my review. As with McWilliams, that nonchalance masked a very developed work ethic. When this subject came up at lunch, Lynn Stegner noted that the motto at the Stanford creative writing program was that hard writing makes for easy reading.