Goldman and Kasischke to lead Week Seven Writers’ Center workshops





Students at the Chautauqua Writers’ Center will be soul-searching and well-tapping — in a metaphorical sense.

Ari Goldman will serve as the prose writer-in-residence, and Laura Kasischke will serve as the poet-in-residence for Week Seven. In addition, Rick Hilles’ advanced poetry workshop, which started in Week Six, will continue until the end of the week.

Goldman’s workshop is titled “Searching for Your Soul through Writing” and Kasischke’s workshop is called “Tapping the Well.” Both writers will give readings at 3:30 p.m. Sunday on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall.

Goldman, who teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and his students will focus on the genre of the spiritual autobiography. Goldman said they’ll look at examples of other writers in this genre and generate their own work as well.

“Journalism has all of these requirements where you can objectively say, ‘This is good; this is bad,’ ” Goldman said. “Writing your spiritual autobiography is quite different. You don’t need two perspectives. You can just tell your story. It doesn’t have to be balanced; you don’t have to have a catchy lead. It just has to be honest and clear, and it has to connect with the reader.”

Kasischke’s workshop will focus on helping her students find inspiration for their poetry.

“We’ll be figuring out, as writers, what we’re really passionate about writing about,” Kasischke said. “And then figuring out strategies for doing that.”

Kasischke, who teaches at the University of Michigan, said she and her students will do exercises and draw on their memories to help generate new content.

“I hope that they’ll feel inspired, like they’ve learned some new ways to tap into their unconscious and memories and get some subject matter,” Kasischke said.

Kasischke and Goldman will also give Brown Bag lectures on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall during the week. Kasischke’s Brown Bag, called “The Habit of Poetry” will be at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, and Goldman’s Brown Bag, called “Making Writing Sing” will be at 12:15 p.m. Thursday.