I feel like we're slowly getting started. The first event of the day was a "craft" lecture by William Kittredge: "Getting Started, or Unexpected Consequences." It was a bit of oral memoir, really, but fascinating. He talked about growing up on a ranch in Oregon and how his desire to write emerged and was shaped. Interesting stuff and now I'm likely to get one of his books.
We then had time to prepare for workshop, although my workshop assignment was relatively light. I managed to get a little ahead of the game. Our workshops then met in the afternoon and it was a terrific first exposure to Kevin "Mac" McIlvoy. The group seemed quite sharp as well. It's mostly women--just 3 men plus Mac--which shouldn't have surprised me. I think I'll save my collection of MacNotes and post about the workshop experience all at once, when I get home.
After workshop we had readings by poet Richard Siken (fellow), who was terrific--darkly funny, and Antonya Nelson ("Hi, I'm Tony Nelson"--wasn't he the astronaut on I Dream of Genie?), who read half of a story-in-progress that was absolutely wonderful.
After a reception on the lawn and then dinner, we had more readings, by non-fiction writer David Shields and by poet Sally Keith (whom I know because she's on the faculty at Queens). Both readings were enjoyable, but afterward I had to call it a night. Stay tuned!