Thornton Wilder’s spirit would be pleased with the Chautauqua Theater Company today. His play, Our Town, has managed to make its way back to Chautauqua audiences, after its last performance in 1997 in the old Normal Hall.
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Greg Donovan, who is the poet-in-residence for Week Six, encourages imaginative poetry, because informing and intriguing readers is just as important as clarity. His weeklong workshop “Is It Memory or Just My Imagination?” will guide attendees to consider the relationship between memory and imagination, and he will give advice he wishes he had when he first started writing.
Donovan, who created the online literary journal Blackbird more than a decade ago, will lead a Brown Bag lecture, “Quantum Leaps: The Growth of Blackbird and Other Online Journals,” at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday on the Alumni Hall porch.
His presentation fits into the morning lecture platform theme of “Digital Identity,” and so will prose writer-in-residence Jonathan Eig’s Brown Bag lecture, “Googling Your Way to Good Writing,” at 12:15 p.m. Friday on the Alumni Hall porch.
Eig, who co-founded ChicagoSideSports.com, is visiting Chautauqua for the third time and hopes to help Chautauquans work on their characters in his weeklong writing workshop, “Bringing Characters to Life.”
This week, Children’s School focuses on the imagination. Kids ages 3, 4 and 5 will go on adventures to various places and times every day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and storyteller Jay Stetzer, from All in a Story Productions, will return.
Stetzer, who will spend the whole week with the children, believes stories compel through their combinations of spoken word and willing imaginations.
“A good story will always carry a meaningful message,” Stetzer wrote on his website, “something of value that can be employed in the listener’s daily life. My job is not to point that meaning out, but to simply tell the story. Then the listener can discover what he or she can take from the tale and cherish as life goes on.”