This summer I will be the writer-in-residence for a week (July 14-18) at the Chautauqua Institute in western New York. I will be teaching/leading a fiction writing workshop for adults who want to write for children/teens. I am thrilled to be hosting a week-long workshop. Last summer I was at the Cape Cod Writer's Center Conference and couldn't believe the quality of the work produced by my students in only one week. I'm also looking forward to the amazing classes and lectures that are offered. This is from the website: "Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 visitors will stay at Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages—all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village."

Chautauqua has a peculiar place in my memory. When my grandparents visited there for a weekend, my grandfather saw his first ballet performance. He was so shocked by the apparel worn by the male dancers that he burst out laughing. People were not amused, mostly my grandmother. What would they think about me, sixty years later, returning to teach?

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So, you want to write for kids?

I will be hosting a writing workshop for adults who are interested in writing novels for kids. This will be a small group, meeting once a week for 1 1/2 hours, for four straight Thursdays beginning May 30. We'll meet at the Waban Library Center, Waban MA (a village in Newton). The library is only one block from the Green Line Waban T Stop. Over the last couple of years I've been teaching/leading a lot of workshops for adults. I like to include a bit of instruction, lots of examples and ample time to brainstorm, write and share. It will be a safe and energized place to explore your voice!

For more information, please contact me at: klday1 (at) verizon (dot) net