Chautauqua Literary Arts convenes readers and writers of all ages in community, conversation, intensive craft development, and exploratory learning opportunities.

The Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC) presents weekly lectures by distinguished authors as part of a 140-year tradition of community reading, complemented by a Young Readers program and book discussions programmed by the CLSC and the Alumni Association of the CLSC.

For 30 years, the Chautauqua Writers’ Center has coordinated workshops, free and public weekly readings, and craft lectures by its writers-in-residence. A June Writers’ Festival and Chautauqua literary journal have since become annual highlights.

Books featured in all of these programs are always available at Chautauqua’s Smith Memorial Library and the Chautauqua Bookstore.

CLSC

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Young Readers Program

YoungReaders Feature BG 07012015 Master 004The CLSC Young Readers program encourages the enjoyment of good reading. The books have been chosen for their quality, the variety of styles and subjects, and their appeal to young adult readers.

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Chautauqua Prize

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The Chautauqua Janus Prize

CM 37The Chautauqua Janus Prize will be awarded for the first time in 2018, celebrating an emerging writer’s single work of short fiction or nonfiction for daring formal and aesthetic innovations that upset and reorder literary conventions, historical narratives, and readers’ imaginations.

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CLSC Alumni Association

CLSC graduationThe Alumni Association of the CLSC was incorporated in 1893 to provide an organization that encourages CLSC graduates to continue reading and study. It conducts programs including Brown Bag luncheon/book reviews and Eventide programs. It is also the parent organization for the graduated classes. Many of these classes are active for several decades or more.

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Writers' Center

poetry workshopThe Chautauqua Writers' Center is a lively community of writers at all levels of development who cultivate the courage, craft and vision necessary to grow as artists under the tutelage of nationally recognized authors.

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Writers' Festival

DSC 8714 2The 2018 Festival will take place over the four days before Chautauqua’s summer season commences: from Wednesday, June 20 to Saturday, June 23. 

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Young Writers Institute

0724 YOUNGWRITERS BS006The Young Writers Institute is a five-day immersive, multi-genre creative writing day camp for students 14 to 18 years old.

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Literary Journal

Chautauqua LitJournal 2017 Cover landingChautauqua Literary Arts Friends, formerly known as Chautauqua Readers & Writers, is a volunteer network of writers and readers who work year-round on behalf of the literary arts at Chautauqua.

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Literary Arts Friends

0625 brownbag BH 007Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends (formerly known as Chautauqua Readers & Writers) is an organization of people who appreciate and support the literary arts, whether they are writers or readers. Throughout the Chautauqua summer season, CLAF provides social and intellectual events that bring together people who enjoy prose, poetry, and nonfiction of all types.

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Smith Memorial Library

libraryThe Smith Memorial Library of Chautauqua Institution anchors the southern end of Bestor Plaza.

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Morning Lectures

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Interfaith Lectures

071217 susansmith EC0377This series is designed to present issues that impact the lived experience of everyday life from theological, ethical, moral, humanitarian, philosophical and religious perspectives.

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Heritage Lectures

heritage lecturePresented by the Chautauqua Institution Archives, this series combines the research of Archives staff with notable historians and CHQ scholars in order to explore the rich history of CHQ and its effect on American culture.

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CLSC Authors

072017 sandra cisneros OS 03Reading together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming. Each summer, the CLSC chooses nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to CHQ present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.

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VACI Lectures

VACI lectureVisiting and resident artists discuss their work, process and inspiration.

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Special Lectures

081617 CivilDialogueReview CB00283Lectures sponsored wholly or in part by the Department of Education but which fall outside the normal 10:45 a.m. Amphitheater format will be posted as they are scheduled.

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Monthly Calendar of Events

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Weekly Themes & Events

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Visual and Performing Arts

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Entertainment

08xx17 chrisbotti ec 07Through a unique mix of professional and pre-professional programs, Chautauqua celebrates, encourages and studies the fine and performing arts in a community where artists and audiences live together as one.

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Lectures

071517 Eboo Patel DM 05The morning and interfaith lecture platforms are the bedrock of Chautauqua's programming. Many other lecture series also exist and support Chautauqua's weekly themes.

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Literary Arts

072017 sandra cisneros OS 09The literary arts are represented at Chautauqua by a variety of programs, from the CLSC to the Writers’ Center.

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Faith and Religion Programs

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Youth Activities

08xx17 colorrun ec 03Chautauqua's programs for youth present a diversity of activity, in settings varied and historic.

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Recreation

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Take A Class

CHQ 08062015 0563Whatever educational experience you are seeking, Chautauqua's Special Studies program continues to create distinct new learning opportunities for the 10,000 lifelong learners that enroll in courses each summer.

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School of Dance
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The Chautauqua Ballet program, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, is well known for the unique opportunity it affords students to study with master teachers within a small studio environment.
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School of Art
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The School of Art presents the opportunity for the kind of sustained and focused study in studio art not available in academic settings.
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Theater
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Internationally known actors, directors, designers and writers join nineteen emerging artists drawn from the nation’s top training programs to form a unique company that produces a vibrant summer of work in the historic Bratton Theater.
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Instrumental
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Each summer we enroll 80 of the most promising young instrumentalists from here and abroad to join us for an exciting summer of music making.
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Piano
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The program offers an exceptional and exciting mixture of traditional and innovative classes, concerts and an artist certificate program.
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Voice
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The Chautauqua Institution Voice Department is a seven-week intensive educational program that seeks to offer the highest caliber of training for the young singer, 18 and older.
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Schools Alumni
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Our arts alumni are currently living, performing, and teaching all over the world. We look forward to learning more about you and where you are headed in your life and career.
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Special Studies
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Special Studies offers subjects ranging from child and youth development, music, education, religion and philosophy, to fitness, health, and personal and professional development.
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The literary arts are represented at Chautauqua by a variety of programs.

The Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle presents weekly roundtable lectures by distinguished, nationally known authors; book reviews and discussion sessions programmed by the CLSC and the CLSC Alumni Association; and a Young Readers program.

The Chautauqua Writers’ Center coordinates workshops, free weekly readings, lectures by its writers-in-residence, a yearly pre-season Writers’ Festival, and the Chautauqua literary journal. Books featured in these programs, in addition to books by the Writers’ Center faculty, are always available at Chautauqua’s Smith Memorial Library, and the Chautauqua Bookstore.

Special literary events are featured in the Amphitheater and other Chautauqua locations throughout the season.

 

CLSC

Reading together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming.

Each summer, the CLSC chooses nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.

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CLSC

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Reading together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming.

Each summer, the CLSC chooses nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.

- See more at: http://www.chq.org/literary-arts/clsc#sthash.fCDv4T76.dpuf

Chautauqua’s programs for youth present a diversity of activity, in settings varied and historic. From pre-school to day camp, from sports instruction to informal youth centers, from enrichment classes to entertainment, and from reading to experiences in the arts, these programs offer opportunities to explore the Chautauqua experience. At the same time, youth are encouraged to grow in independence, make choices, take responsibility and celebrate family time, all in the safe and supportive community that is Chautauqua.

Chautauqua provides a wide variety of services of worship and programs that express the Institution's Christian heritage as well as its interfaith commitment. The Institution, originally the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly, was founded as an educational experiment in out-of-school, vacation learning for Sunday School teachers. While founders Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent were Methodists, other Protestant denominations participated from the first year onward, and today Chautauqua continues to be ecumenical — as well as interfaith — in spirit and practice.

October 27, 2015
The Department of Religion is co-sponsoring with Nazareth College a "Mini-Chautauqua in Rochester" program from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Otto Shults Community Center Forum on the Nazareth campus. The program is titled "On a Planet in Peril and Our Moral Responsibility." Click here for more details, a list of presenters and how to participate.