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.


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, 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.