Flex your creative muscles and make a poem in the Poetry Makerspace featuring the Traveling Stanzas interactive exhibit, part of an exciting new project with Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center. More information coming soon.

Wick Poetry Center

Traveling Stanzas

The Young Writers Institute is a five-day immersive, multi-genre creative writing day camp for students 14 to 18 years old. Through short exercises, close study of work by contemporary writers, and workshops, students will develop their command of the core elements of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Led by an exceptional faculty of published teaching-artists with deep experience mentoring young writers, each student will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with them to develop a plan for future growth.

The Young Writers Institute will be offered in Weeks One and Three of Chautauqua’s summer season (June 24–30 and July 8–14) and welcomes young writers from all across the country. Young writers, no matter their experience, may enroll in the Institute by calling the Ticket Office at 716-357-6250.

Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of the Chautauqua Institution’s Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC) Alumni Association, we are able to offer all-expenses paid scholarships on a competitive basis to rising seniors attending school in Chautauqua County. Scholarship winners will have the option of choosing the session that best fits their schedule. 

To apply for the scholarship, students must fill out the online application, as well as have a teacher familiar with your writing submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for applications and letters of recommendation is April 22.

Student Application


Teacher Recommendation Form

Daily Schedule

8 a.m.: Breakfast
9–10:30 a.m.: Class
10:45 a.m.–Noon: Class, or, depending on the lecture theme, attend a lecture in the Amp
Noon–1 p.m.: Lunch
1:30-4:30 p.m.: Class and/or attend events at the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall

Faculty

Kenyatta RogersKenyatta Rogers is a Cave Canem Fellow and has been twice awarded scholarships from the Breadloaf Writers' Conference. He has also been nominated twice for both Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes, his work has been previously published in or is forthcoming from JubilatVinylBat City ReviewThe Volta and PANK, among others. He is an associate editor of RHINO Poetry and currently serves on the creative writing faculty at the Chicago High School for the Arts.


Kim HendersonKim Henderson is the author of The Kind of Girl, which won the Seventh Annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest.  Her stories have appeared in The Kenyon ReviewTin House Open Bar, The Texas Observer, Cutbank, River Styx, The Southeast Review, New SouthH_NGM_NFlash Fiction Online, and elsewhere.  Originally from New Mexico, she now lives with her husband on a mountain in Southern California, where she chairs the Creative Writing program at Idyllwild Arts Academy.

The Chautauqua Writers' Center is a lively community of writers at all levels of development who cultivate the craft and vision necessary to grow as artists under the tutelage of highly-accomplished authors. Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, the original core program of eighteen summer workshops, readings, and lectures has grown to include a housing scholarship for first-time Chautauquans, weekend intensives, 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

Our five-day workshops are taught in a small group setting by a different set of extraordinary writers-in-residence each week of our summer season. 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.) We offer a variety of workshop models, detailed on our 2018 workshop page and our new weekend intensives page.

Weekly prose and poetry workshops have been the core of the Chautauqua Writers' Center for decades. Writers-in-residence 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. Interested in joining us as a writer-in-residence? Please complete this interest form.

Registration opened on April 10, 2018. Registration details are included in our 2018 workshop information and at chq.org/classes, and winners of our housing scholarships will be announced before the summer season begins.

Writers' Center programs at a glance

• Readings by our Writers-in-Residence (free) — Each Sunday at 3:30 p.m., the week's writers-in-residence (both poetry and prose) read from their own work in the Hall of Philosophy, with a brief book-selling-and-signing to follow on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall. Sundays at Chautauqua Institution are free and open to the public. (Rain location for post-reading signing: 2nd floor ballroom of Literary Arts Center.)

• Brown-bag Craft Lectures (free) — Each Tuesday and Friday at 12:15 p.m., the week’s writers-in-residence (both poetry and prose, respectively) offer a public craft lecture on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall. Bring your lunch! (Rain location: 2nd floor ballroom of Literary Arts Center.)

• Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends — Writers and readers alike are invited to support the Writers' Center by joining Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends.

 

Atlas of the Body Wins 2018 Chautauqua Janus Prize

CHQ JanusPrize winnerChautauqua Institution is delighted to announce Atlas of the Body (Black Lawrence Press) by Nicole Cuffy as the 2018 winner of The Chautauqua Janus Prize. 

As the author selected from 16 finalists by Kazim Ali, Cuffy receives $2,500 and all travel and expenses for a summer residency at Chautauqua from July 22 to 28, 2018. A public lecture and reading will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, in the Athenaeum Hotel Parlor on the Institution's grounds, with music and light refreshments. Her writing will also appear in a future issue of Chautauqua literary journal.

“In Atlas of the Body, I asked myself what would happen if I treated prose as more pointillistic than linear—if I used narrative to offer brief islands of illumination,” Cuffy said. “I am honored to be the first recipient of the Chautauqua Janus Prize, which celebrates the deconstruction of form and literary convention.”

Press Kit:
Full press release | Book Cover | The Chautauqua Janus Prize logo (pdf)

 

Congratulations also go out to the 15 other finalists selected by our readers: Mary-Kim Arnold, Deborah Augustin, Ayeh Bandeh-Ahmadi, Sam Cohen, S. Brook Corfman, Claire Cronin, Nicole Cuffy, Kolby Harvey, Brianna Johnson, Jason Lipeles, Alicia Mountain, Ruby Hansen Murray, Brenda Peynado, Sejal Shah, Shawn Wen, and Courtney Zoffness


The 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. In addition to receiving a $2,500 award, the winner will give a lecture on the grounds during the summer season and appear in a forthcoming issue of the literary journal Chautauqua. The prize is funded by a generous donation from Barbara and Twig Branch.

Named for Janus, the Roman god who looks to both the past and the future, the prize will honor writing with a command of craft that renovates our understandings of both. 

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The 2018 winner will be selected by guest judge Kazim Ali, author of books in many genres, including most recently Inquisition, a book of poems, and Silver Road: Essays, Maps & Calligraphies, a hybrid memoir. An associate professor of creative writing and comparative literature at Oberlin College, Ali will also be a Full press release writer-in-residence from Sunday July 22 to Friday July 27. 

His residency will include:
- a public reading of his work at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday July 22 in the Hall of Philosophy (no gate pass or ticket required)
- a public lecture on innovative prose at 12:15 p.m. on Friday July 27 from the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall
- a Writers' Center prose workshop titled "Writing Oneself in Time and Space" at 1:15 p.m. from Monday July 23 to Friday July 27 in the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall Prose Room; details here

GUIDELINES

Submissions for the 2018 prize are closed. We will open submissions for the 2019 prize this September, alongside a guest judge accouncement. Details to come!
 
Eligible entries:

  • May be up to 15,000 words in length. The Chautauqua Janus Prize encourages writing that challenges conventional presentation and publication of fiction/nonfiction.
  • Must be either unpublished, forthcoming in the prize year, or published no earlier than April of the prior year.
  • Must be authored by emerging writers of fiction/nonfiction. Emerging writers are defined as writers who have yet to publish their first book (exceeding 40,000 words) in any prose genre. (Poets: This prize was created to support emerging writers. Keep this in mind before applying, even if the word count parameters qualify you.) There is no age or citizenship status restriction for authors. 
  • May be nominated by authors themselves or on their behalf by presses/magazines or creative writing programs. Self-nominating authors may submit no more than two entries per submission period. Programs and presses/magazines must have the consent of authors to nominate their work and may nominate no more than three entries per submission period. Nomination by a program or press/magazine does not preclude an author from submitting additional self-nominated entries.

SUBMISSIONS

  • Complete the Submittable form, including fee payment*. Please use PDF format. Contact Director of Literary Arts Atom Atkinson (they/them) at aatkinson@chq.org if PDF format is not ideal for your submission.
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  • Meet formatting specifications where possible. If your submission’s prior publication or experimental form simply aren’t conducive to Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, and double-spacing, know that we will still consider all legible PDF submissions.


*The fee is waived for submissions nominated by programs or magazines. We invite authors to encourage their programs and/or magazines to reach out to Mx. Atom Atkinson at aatkinson@chq.org to learn more.

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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.


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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

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Week One
Roger Rosenblatt
The Boy Dectective