From Susan Anderson
In three quarters with Les, in his Advanced Novel IV and V classes, I was able to generate a draft of my first novel. I revised between April and June, gave it to Les who gave me comments in July. I revised the manuscript and sent it to two readers, then revised again. In August, I wrote to Les saying that I would be starting a new novel and probably sign up for his class in January. Then, the news that he killed himself. That was September. Every now and then, I look at his handwritten remarks on my manuscript pages and think of them as an essence he left behind.