As the Indiana University Bloomington community celebrated the 75th year of the Indiana University Writers' Conference this summer, Bob Bledsoe also looked back on his 10 years as conference director like a proud dad.
"This was my 10th conference as director, so I'm celebrating my own, private anniversary," Bledsoe said. "I've had the great pleasure of meeting and working with some of the most talented writers in the country, winners of literally all of the most prestigious literary awards. And what strikes me as I look back is that these have also been some of the kindest, most generous teachers."
Attendees of the conference are writers of all levels, including graduate and undergraduate students and interested participants from all over the world. Jared Robinson, an IU undergraduate studying English literature and Creative Writing in the Department of English within the College of Arts and Sciences attended the conference for the first time this year. “All these people have done all these amazing things,” Jared said. “What the conference does, and why it’s so great that it’s here, is that it brings all these people who are struggling with the same thing together. It lets us level each other off.”