Flex your creative muscles and make a poem in the Poetry Makerspace featuring the Traveling Stanzas interactive exhibit, part of an exciting new project with Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center. More information coming soon.

Wick Poetry Center

Traveling Stanzas

The Young Writers Institute is a five-day immersive, multi-genre creative writing day camp for students 14 to 18 years old. Through short exercises, close study of work by contemporary writers, and workshops, students will develop their command of the core elements of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Led by an exceptional faculty of published teaching-artists with deep experience mentoring young writers, each student will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with them to develop a plan for future growth.

The Young Writers Institute will be offered in Weeks One and Three of Chautauqua’s 2019 summer season (June 24–28 and July 8–12) and welcomes young writers from all across the country. Further details for 2019 will be announced in spring. Young writers, no matter their experience, may enroll in the Institute by calling the Ticket Office at 716-357-6250.

Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of the Alumni Association of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC), we are able to offer all-expenses paid scholarships on a competitive basis to rising seniors attending school in Chautauqua County. Scholarship winners will have the option of choosing the session that best fits their schedule. 

To apply for the scholarship, students must fill out the online application, as well as have a teacher familiar with your writing submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The application submission period will reopen on April 1, 2019.

Student Application


Teacher Recommendation Form

Daily Schedule

8 a.m.: Breakfast
9–10:30 a.m.: Class
10:45 a.m.–Noon: Class, or, depending on the lecture theme, attend a lecture in the Amp
Noon–1 p.m.: Lunch
1:30-4:30 p.m.: Class and/or attend events at the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall

2018 Faculty

Kenyatta RogersKenyatta Rogers is a Cave Canem Fellow and has been twice awarded scholarships from the Breadloaf Writers' Conference. He has also been nominated twice for both Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes, his work has been previously published in or is forthcoming from JubilatVinylBat City ReviewThe Volta and PANK, among others. He is an associate editor of RHINO Poetry and currently serves on the creative writing faculty at the Chicago High School for the Arts.


Kim HendersonKim Henderson is the author of The Kind of Girl, which won the Seventh Annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest.  Her stories have appeared in The Kenyon ReviewTin House Open Bar, The Texas Observer, Cutbank, River Styx, The Southeast Review, New SouthH_NGM_NFlash Fiction Online, and elsewhere.  Originally from New Mexico, she now lives with her husband on a mountain in Southern California, where she chairs the Creative Writing program at Idyllwild Arts Academy.

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 writers-in-residence. Now entering our fourth decade, the original core program of 20 week-long workshops, 9 weekly Sunday readings, and 18 weekly Brown Bag lectures on poetry and prose has grown to include a housing scholarship for first-time Chautauquans and an active support organization, Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends. 

Whether you are an accomplished writer looking for peer support on your latest drafts, 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.

Interested in leading a workshop as one of our writers-in-residence? Please complete this interest form.

Workshops

Our five-day, Monday-Friday 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 the grove from the Hall of Philosophy.) We offer a variety of workshop models, detailed on our 2018 Workshops 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 equip developing writers with important tools and insights for their writing in just a few days. Interested in joining us as a writer-in-residence? Please complete this interest form.

Registration for 2019 will open in April, and housing scholarship applications will open earlier in the year. Registration details are included on our 2018 Workshops page and at chq.org/classes.

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.

• Brown-bag Lectures (free) — Each Tuesday and Friday at 12:15 p.m., the week’s writers-in-residence (poetry and prose, respectively) offer a lecture on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall exploring the craft and practice of writing. 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.

 

CHQJanusPrize Sticker BW webThe Chautauqua Janus Prize was awarded for the first time in 2018, celebrating an emerging writer’s single work of short fiction or nonfiction for daring formal and aesthetic innovations that upset and reorder readers’ imaginations. In addition to receiving a $5000 award, the winner gives a lecture on the grounds during the summer season and appears in a forthcoming issue of the literary journal Chautauqua. Eligibility and submission information can be found below under "2019."

Named for Janus, the Roman god who looks to both the past and the future, the prize will honor writing with a command of craft that renovates our understandings of both. The prize is funded by a generous donation from Barbara and Twig Branch.

2019

Vi Khi NaoThe 2019 Chautauqua Janus Prize guest judge is Vi Khi Nao. Nao is the author of Sheep Machine, Umbilical Hospital, A Brief Alphabet of Torture (winner of FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016), the novel Fish in Exile, and the poetry collection The Old Philosopher (winner of the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014). Her work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. Her stories, poems and drawings have appeared in NOON, Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review and BOMB, among others. She will also be a writer-in-residence at Chautauqua Writers’ Center during the 2019 summer season (details to come in early 2019). 

GUIDELINES

Submissions for the 2019 prize are now open through 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, January 15, 2019.
 
Eligible entries:

  • May be up to 15,000 words in length but no more than 100 pages. The Chautauqua Janus Prize encourages writing that challenges conventional presentation and publication of fiction/nonfiction in the English language.
  • Must be either unpublished or published no earlier than April of 2018.
  • Must be authored by emerging writers of fiction/nonfiction. Emerging writers are defined as writers who have yet to publish their first book (exceeding 15,000 words and/or 100 pages) in any prose genre. (Poets: This prize was created to support emerging writers. Reconsider your eligibility if you have published one or more poetry collections, even if our word count parameters technically qualify you.) There is no age or citizenship status restriction for eligibility. 
  • May be nominated by the authors themselves or on an author's behalf by editors or creative writing program directors. Self-nominating authors may submit no more than two entries per submission period. Editors and program directors must have the consent of authors to nominate their work and may nominate no more than three entries per submission period. Nomination by an editor program or press/magazine does not preclude an author from submitting additional self-nominated entries.

SUBMISSIONS

  • Complete the Submittable form, including fee payment*, by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday January 15, 2019. Please use PDF format. Contact Director of Literary Arts Atom Atkinson (they/them) at aatkinson@chq.org if PDF format is not ideal for your submission.
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  • Meet formatting specifications where possible. If your submission’s prior publication or experimental form simply aren’t conducive to Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, and double-spacing, know that we will give full consideration to all legible PDF submissions.

*The fee is waived for submissions nominated by editors or program directors. We invite authors to encourage their editors and/or program directors to reach out to Mx. Atom Atkinson at aatkinson@chq.org to learn more!

 

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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 Chautauqua Literary Journal, 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.


Writers' Center Programs at-a-glance

  • Readings on the Porch — Each Sunday from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., the week's poet and prose writers-in-residence read from their own work on the porch of Alumni Hall. (free)

  • Brown-bag Lectures — Each Tuesday and Friday from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m., the week’s poet and prose writers-in-residence (respectively) offer a public lecture on the porch of Alumni Hall. Bring your lunch! (free)

  • Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends — $30 annual membership in this literary arts support group includes a copy of the journal Chautauqua, membership in the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC) and perks such as social events. Literary Arts Friends programs include, amongst others, the Chautauqua Poetry Contest and Hauser Prize.


Summer Workshops

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.

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

Each summer, the CLSC chooses nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.


Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle Vertical Theme 2015

Books chosen as Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selections in 2015 will celebrate the theme of “truth and consequences.” In most cases, the book will complement the theme of its corresponding week. In all selections, exceptional writing will define the authors honored by the CLSC.

 Author programs are held Thursdays at 3:30 in the Hall of Philosophy unless otherwise noted.

2014 CLSC Selections

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Week One
Roger Rosenblatt
The Boy Dectective