The 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. Started in 1987, the original core program of eighteen summer workshops, readings and lectures has grown to include the Chautauqua Writers' Festival, the literary journal Chautauqua, and an active support organization, Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends. 

Whether you are an accomplished writer looking for peer support, a novice striving to take your work to the next level or simply an avid reader in love with all things literary, we welcome you and hope to see you at one of our many programs.

Workshops

Each five-day workshop is taught by an experienced, published writer-in-residence in a small group setting. Most classes are limited to just 12 participants. All workshops are held on the second floor of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall. (Located on the south end of the grounds on Wythe Ave. across from the Hall of Philosophy.)

Writers interested in joining us as a writer in residence should complete this form. Director of Literary Arts Atom Atkinson will reply shortly thereafter. For any other questions regarding workshops, please contact Atom (they/them) directly at aatkinson@chq.org.

Registration begins in April. Call the ticket ofice at 716.357.6250 to register by phone or register online at https://chqtickets.com. You may also register at one of our ticketing windows at our Main Gate Welcome Center.

Weekly prose and poetry workshops have been the core of the Chautauqua Writers' Center for decades. Faculty members are selected not only for their national reputations and the quality of their work, but also for their ability to inspire developing writers to grow in their craft.

Writers' Center programs at a glance

• Readings on the Porch (free) — Each Sunday from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., the week's writers in residence (both poetry and prose) read from their own work on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall.

• Brown-bag Lectures (free) — Each Tuesday and Friday from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m., the week’s writers in residence (both poetry and prose, respectively) offer a public lecture on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall. Bring your lunch!

• Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends — $30 annual membership in this literary arts support group includes a copy of the literaryjournal Chautauqua and perks such as social events. Literary Arts Friends programs include, amongst others, the Chautauqua Poetry Contest and Hauser Prize.


Registration

Registration for all workshops begins in April.  Courses are available for writers of all stages.

Register online - https://chqtickets.com

Register by phone - Call 716.357.6250. Please have all registration information ready before calling. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover are all accepted.

Pre-register by mail or fax (716.357.5823) - Complete the registration form printed in the Special Studies Catalog and return it to:

Special Studies
PO Box 28
Chautauqua, New York 14722

Registration forms will be available in the Special Studies Catalog which can be obtained by writing to the address above.

Register in-person - Walk-in registrations will be accepted at the Main Gate and the Colonnade.

Note: A $5 handling fee will be added to all phone, fax and mail registrations.

 

 

Chautauqua publishes writing expressing the values of Chautauqua Institution, broadly construed: a sense of inquiry into questions of personal, social, political, spiritual, and aesthetic importance—
and when, where, and how those values and questions intersect.

Chautauqua 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 CHQ. During the nine-week summer program, the Friends provide support to the Writers’ Center, sponsor weekly opportunities for writers to present their work and meet other writers and readers, and organize contests and other special events.  The group also promotes Chautauqua, the Institution’s nationally recognized literary journal that has published numerous acclaimed authors, including a winner of the prestigious Pushcart Prize.

Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends Events

(Click here for complete CLAF calendar of events or check Chautauquan Daily

  • Sunday afternoon readings and book-signings by prose and poetry writers-in-residence at Alumni Hall followed by a reception. Co-sponsored with Writers’ Center (open to the public)

  • Sunday evening Open Mic at Alumni Hall (no registration required)

  • Tuesday informal prose and poetry critiques after Brown Bag lunch events at Alumni Hall porch (no registration required, but bring 5 copies of one page of your work)

  • Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Authors’ Hour readings for CHQ’s authors at Hultquist 101 (Weeks 1–7) – Information and Application

  • Annual Robert Pinsky Favorite Poem Project reading in Hall of Philosophy – Information and Application

  • Annual writing contests (prose and poetry; fiction and creative non-fiction; for adults, young adults, and young writers) – Information and Application

    Submission Categories
  • Annual CHQ authors’ Book Fair – Information and Application

  • Annual Dinner with Friends at Alumni Hall (Reservation required at clafchq@gmail.com)

Membership Information

Annual membership* $30/single, $40/couple, $20/young adult under 26

*All members receive a copy of the literary journal Chautauqua and invitations to members-only events

Print and mail the application form and/or your payment – Membership form

OR

Join online and pay dues below.

Membership Dues
Wednesday June 20 through Saturday June 23, 2018

The 2018 Chautauqua Writers’ Festival will take place over the four days before Chautauqua Institution's 2018 summer season commences: from Wednesday June 20 to Saturday June 23. These new dates will allow attendees to choose from an array of lodging, restaurant, and transportation options—and those who stay past Saturday will enjoy all the literary excitement of Week 1 at Chautauqua, themed on “The Life of the Written Word”!

In addition to the Festival’s tradition of intensive workshops and one-on-one conferences with award-winning contemporary authors in a beautiful setting, writers will also have the option to explore the craft of writing in the context of urgent social questions through panel conversations, keynote speakers, Q&As, and breakout sessions with renowned authors, scholars, and editors. The 2018 theme for this slate of new options is “Writing in Times of Crisis,” with many different personal, political, and craft-based takes on the theme available to attendees throughout these four days. All of these new features are optional to workshop participants and included in the cost of registration.

Additionally, a new registration option, “Explorations,” will make it possible to attend only the Festival's panels, keynotes, breakout sessions, and faculty readings, fostering an even more vibrant, dynamic convening of writers from near and far. Multiple new university and non-profit partners will facilitate this growth, including New-York-based literary force Catapult.

Faculty

2018 faculty and will be publicly advertised no later than January 2018.

2018 Faculty

CREATIVE NONFICTION

FICTION

POETRY

 

 

Subcategories

 

The 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. Started in 1987, the original core program of eighteen summer workshops, readings and lectures has grown to include the Chautauqua Writers' Festival, the Chautauqua Literary Journal, and an active support organization, Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends.

Whether you are an accomplished writer looking for peer support, a novice striving to take your work to the next level, or simply an avid reader in love with all things literary, we welcome you and hope to see you at one of our many programs.


Writers' Center Programs at-a-glance

  • Readings on the Porch — Each Sunday from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., the week's poet and prose writers-in-residence read from their own work on the porch of Alumni Hall. (free)

  • Brown-bag Lectures — Each Tuesday and Friday from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m., the week’s poet and prose writers-in-residence (respectively) offer a public lecture on the porch of Alumni Hall. Bring your lunch! (free)

  • Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends — $30 annual membership in this literary arts support group includes a copy of the journal Chautauqua, membership in the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC) and perks such as social events. Literary Arts Friends programs include, amongst others, the Chautauqua Poetry Contest and Hauser Prize.


Summer Workshops

Each workshop is taught by an experienced, published author (writer-in-residence) in a small group setting. Most classes are limited to just 12 participants. All workshops are held on the second floor of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall. (Located on the south end of the grounds on Wythe Ave. across from the Hall of Philosophy.)

For specific questions regarding workshops, please contact Clara Silverstein.

Registration begins in April. Call the ticket ofice at 716.357.6250 to register by phone or register online at https://chqtickets.com. You may also register at one of our ticketing windows at our Main Gate Welcome Center.

Weekly prose and poetry workshops have been the core of the Chautauqua Writers' Center for 24 years. Faculty members are selected not only for their national reputations and the quality of their work, but also for their ability to inspire developing writers to grow in their craft.

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.


Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle Vertical Theme 2015

Books chosen as Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selections in 2015 will celebrate the theme of “truth and consequences.” In most cases, the book will complement the theme of its corresponding week. In all selections, exceptional writing will define the authors honored by the CLSC.

 Author programs are held Thursdays at 3:30 in the Hall of Philosophy unless otherwise noted.

2014 CLSC Selections

Rosenblatt Roger CLSC 062614 cover

Week One
Roger Rosenblatt
The Boy Dectective