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; a Young Readers program; and book discussion sessions programmed by the CLSC and the Alumni Association of the CLSC.

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.


070117 bergner ec 03Reading together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming.

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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

081316 CHQPrizeReading sh 02A national prize that celebrates a book of fiction or literary/narrative nonfiction that provides a richly rewarding reading experience.

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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 2Co-sponsored by Clarion University, Penn State Erie, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Monmouth University.

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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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