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Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua

on July 26, 2007

I had the privilege of attending the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua this past week. When completing the workshop survey (and receiving a free year’s subscription to Highlights Magazine for completing the survey…WOW), I was thinking about what to post about in my blog.

Should I share the wise words of wisdom we received from faculty like Bruce Coville, Kathi Appelt, or Kelly Milner Halls?

Should I post about the fun meals laughing with Candace (Candy) Fleming and Eric Rohman?

Or what about the dinners at the golf club, the BBQ’s at the Lake, or the inspiring speakers at the Atheneum Hotel Banquets?

Or even post about the setting in this place called the Chautauqua institute?

I reviewed my notes from each workshop which included workshops on sports writing, memoir writing, poetry, and theme and decided to post some of the exercises that we were given in each workshop, because for me, what I find, is that it’s not the wise words I remember as I write, it’s the exercises. The times when the presenters asked us to apply the information or look at something new in our writing by trying an exercise or two.

So, for the next few posts, I will share with you the exercises that were given to me and hope that you’ll try a few and see where it leads you!


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