The Chautauqua Writers’ Center is welcoming a large and diverse group of writers for the 2015 season. For Clara Silverstein,
When Susan Choi visited Chautauqua three years ago for a reading, her first thought was, “I have got to come back here.”
At the time, her book, A Person of Interest, was a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection, but she returned this year to close out the 2012 Season at the Writers’ Center.
Choi will present a Brown ag lecture, “Raising Independent-Minded, Passionate Readers in the Digital Age,” at 12:15 p.m. today on the Alumni Hall porch.
As the 2012 Season ends, Clara Silverstein, director of the Writers’ Center, is pleased with the variety of writers — novelists, short fiction writers, biographers, memoirists, essayists, poets — who worked with Chautauquans on different forms.
“Through our programs and workshops, our writers-in-residence were able to share with the Chautauqua community their own writing, their perspective on literature as art and their expertise in teaching,” Silverstein said.
This year, the offerings at the Writers’ Center expanded to include writing inspired by art in Chautauqua’s galleries and classes about poetry appreciation taught by award-winning poets, but Silverstein is already looking ahead to the 2013 Season.
Though the Writers’ Center still offers regular workshops with its writers-in-residence, some of this summer’s selection of classes branch out across the Institution.
During Week Five, poet Jim Daniels will allow Chautauquans to explore the grounds and will then gather their responses to visual art. Clara Silverstein, Writers’ Center program director, said she thinks attendees will enjoy it along with the other classes.
“It’s really a wonderful opportunity to study with an expert in poetry,” she said.