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.


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

Registration begins in April. Call the ticket ofice at 716.357.6250 to register by phone or register online at 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 — Writers and readers alike are invited to support the Writers' Center by joining Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends.


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

Register online -

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.