Five-year-old Grace reads her essay about dogs and cats aloud.
Daily workshops are a key part of the Chautauqua experience, and children are not excluded. We offer several great workshops for kids in each community. On Wednesday, Warren Brown, who portrays our moderator Mark Twain under the big tent each night, taught the kids how to write in words and pictures. Yesterday, Betty Jean Steinshouer, our Willa Cather scholar, started the kids writing essays, encouraging them to follow the example of Willa Cather’s first published essay, “Dogs vs. Cats.” Today, Paxton Williams rather sneakily taught kids the scientific method as they pretended to be plants suffering from a lack of water, too much wind or a perfect mix of nutrients and sunshine. – SheriLynne Hansen, Communications Manager