Each workshop is taught by an experienced, published author (writer-in-residence) in a small group setting. Most classes are limited to just 12 participants. All workshops are held on the second floor of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall. (Located on the south end of the grounds on Wythe Ave. across from the Hall of Philosophy.)
For specific questions regarding workshops, please contact Clara Silverstein.
Registration begins in April. Call the ticket ofice at 716.357.6250 to register by phone or register online at https://chqtickets.com. You may also register at one of our ticketing windows at our Main Gate Welcome Center.
Weekly prose and poetry workshops have been the core of the Chautauqua Writers' Center for 24 years. Faculty members are selected not only for their national reputations and the quality of their work, but also for their ability to inspire developing writers to grow in their craft.
Week 1 :: June 25–July 2
TURNING FACT INTO STORY
In a series of five stand-alone workshops, we’ll focus on artistic and practical ways by which a writer can take facts, data, research, history, and experience and create story — that elusive, entertaining, enlightening true narrative that endows such raw material with greater meaning. Sign up for one or more workshops in advance or at the door.
Meets daily, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Philip Gerard is the author of four novels, including The Dark of the Island; and five books of nonfiction, including Creative Nonfiction. His work has appeared in In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction. He has been a commentator for public radio, has appeared numerous times on the History Channel, and had eleven documentary scripts produced for public television. He teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington and is co-editor with Jill Gerard of Chautauqua. He released his debut album, American Anthem, in 2015.
Declaring Your Story
The more complex the story, the more challenging the ideas, and the more technical the information, the more straightforward must be our approach. And the clearer must be our instructions — implicit or explicit — to the reader.
Words & Music
Words without music are mere noise. We’ll look at how facts can inspire songs, how the writer can use music in his or her creative process, and how music infuses language.
Writing Your First Book
The book writer does a number of un-romantic things first: conceives a book, then plans it, and then actually writes it. Call it pre-vision, drafting, and revision. We’ll form a practical plan to get it done.
The Art of Creative Research
Part investigative reporting, part treasure hunt, research is a habit, an attitude of open-minded alertness, a way of being in the world, of being alert for knowledge in any form.
The Writer’s Life
This session explores how to create a writing life that complements the other valuable aspects of your life, allowing you to give your writing the time and attention that it deserves.