Wednesday June 20 through Saturday June 23, 2018

The 2018 Chautauqua Writers’ Festival will take place over the four days before Chautauqua Institution's 2018 summer season commences: from Wednesday June 20 to Saturday June 23. These new dates will allow attendees to choose from an array of lodging, restaurant, and transportation options—and those who stay past Saturday will enjoy all the literary excitement of Week 1 at Chautauqua, themed on “The Life of the Written Word”!

In addition to the Festival’s tradition of intensive workshops and one-on-one conferences with award-winning contemporary authors in a beautiful setting, writers will also have the option to explore the craft of writing in the context of urgent social questions through panel conversations, keynote speakers, Q&As, and breakout sessions with renowned authors, scholars, and editors. The 2018 theme for this slate of new options is “Writing in Times of Crisis,” with many different personal, political, and craft-based takes on the theme available to attendees throughout these four days. All of these new features are optional to workshop participants and included in the cost of registration.

Additionally, a new registration option, “Explorations,” will make it possible to attend only the Festival's panels, keynotes, breakout sessions, and faculty readings, fostering an even more vibrant, dynamic convening of writers from near and far. Multiple new university and non-profit partners will facilitate this growth, including New-York-based literary force Catapult.


2018 faculty and will be publicly advertised no later than January 2018.

2018 Faculty