Like Mary Shelley, Joan Murray found herself inspired by Percy Bysshe Shelley. He didn’t inspire her to write a genre-defining…
The Chautauqua Writers’ Center will welcome two Chautauqua veterans as its writers-in-residence for Week Five. Susan Choi will be Week…
The Chautauqua Writers’ Center is welcoming a large and diverse group of writers for the 2015 season. For Clara Silverstein,…
Joan Murray was traveling on an Amtrak train a few days after Sept. 11, and as it headed to New York City, she felt “gripped by sorrow, fear and uncertainty about the future.”
She ventured to the cafe car for a coffee and noticed a group of men. Their clothing was casual, but their demeanor had a sense of mission.
It dawned on her that they were firefighters, which they confirmed when she asked, and they were on their way “to dig” at ground zero.
“I hope you find some survivors,” Murray said.
She went back to her seat and wrote “Survivors — Found.”
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.