“I was so shy in school. Writing was a tool for communicating who I was without having to be extroverted. It was a way for me to say something about myself, and about my culture. ”
Edwidge encouraged the teen writers to “Go deep in there…where it hurts.” She urged them: “There are places where you will ask ‘Ugh, should I go there?’ Those are the places you need to go. The space of discomfort where it’s messy and ugly.”
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