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.

Week 1

Week 1 


Shara McCallum
June 26-30 | 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Shara McCallumWhat is the relationship between the writer and history? What are the pros and cons of writing about other people—whether those who are in the public eye or family members and others closer to home? Through writing prompts, discussion, and workshops, we will address the poet’s reckoning with these questions. Please submit 1-2 poems (poems may but do not need to respond to this topic) to shara.mccallum@bucknell.edu by June 15 and bring 14 copies of each poem to discuss in class as time allows.