All posts by Kelsey Burritt

Castner to present CLSC book on life during, after service in Iraq

Castner to present CLSC book on life during, after service in Iraq

While driving through a crowded marketplace with his bomb squad in Kirkuk, Iraq, Brian Castner stopped the convoy to buy a watermelon.

Holding up traffic, he haggled an Iraqi man from $10 to $5 for two watermelons. That night, sitting on a picnic table, Castner and his friends cut them up into thick, juicy slices and “scrambled like young boys to get seconds.”

Writers’ Center workshops to walk line between truth and fiction

Writers’ Center workshops to walk line between truth and fiction

The Chautauqua Writers’ Center brings in two new workshop leaders during Week Eight. Nancy McCabe, prose writer-in-residence, will lead a prose workshop encouraging participants to use tools from fiction to craft creative nonfiction and memoir. Poet-in-residence Mary McLaughlin Slechta will help students in her poetry workshop tap into the past to access new narratives and voices.

Marton to present CLSC selection on loss, hope

Marton to present CLSC selection on loss, hope

The last time Kati Marton visited Chautauqua Institution was roughly seven months after the death of her husband, the former diplomat Richard Holbrooke. At the time, she was already writing the seeds of her memoirs, the Week Eight Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection Paris: A Love Story.

“I started keeping a journal right in the days after Richard’s death,” Marton said, “because that’s how I work things through, that’s how I process things — by writing them down. I guess that’s what writers do. And I didn’t know what would come of it.”