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

CHQJanusPrize Sticker BW webThe Chautauqua Janus Prize will be awarded for the third time this summer, 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 $5,000 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 "Guidelines."

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.

 

2020

Joseph Earl Thomas wins third annual Chautauqua Janus Prize

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Chautauqua Institution is delighted to announce “Reality Marble” by Joseph Earl Thomas as the 2020 winner of the Chautauqua Janus Prize.

As the author selected from 16 finalists by judge Hilary Plum, Thomas receives $5,000 and will present a public lecture and reading at a celebratory event at a date to be determined as part of Chautauqua Institution’s online assembly season this summer. His writing will also appear in a future issue of the literary journal Chautauqua.

Hailing from Philadelphia, Thomas is a doctoral student in English at the University of Pennsylvania whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Offing, Gulf Coast and The Kenyon Review. Being an emerging writer, Thomas said, means “applying and submitting to hundreds of places where you feel the work might fit or be in conversation with other art you love and admire,” and he was surprised and honored for his work to be selected for the Janus Prize, “which thinks so deliberately about aesthetics and the social world simultaneously.”

Press Kit:
Full press release | The Chautauqua Janus Prize logo (pdf)


Congratulations also go out to the 15 other finalists selected by our readers: Natalia Andrievskikh, Katharine Coldiron, Jonathan Escoffery, Vishwas R. Gaitonde, Cameron Gorman, Lauren Green, Enyeribe Ibigwam, Brianna Johnson, Tyler Meese, Diane Mehta, Lily Meyer, Manini Nayar, Christopher Santantasio, Joseph Thomas, Mi West and Nick Zelle

The 2020 Chautauqua Janus Prize guest judge is Hilary Plum. Plum is the author of the novel Strawberry Fields, winner of the Fence Modern Prize in Prose (2018); the work of nonfiction Watchfires (2016), winner of the 2018 GLCA New Writers Award; and the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (2013). She is an associate college lecturer at Cleveland State University and in the NEOMFA program, and is associate director of the CSU Poetry Center. Plum will also be a Chautauqua Writers’ Center writer-in-residence during Week Six of the 2020 summer season, leading a prose workshop on “Bodies in language, bodies of language.”

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 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 biweekly 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 for 2020 consideration.

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 2020 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 2020 will open in April. Registration details are included on our 2020 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.)

• Friends of the Chautauqua Writers' Center — Writers and readers alike are invited to support the Writers' Center by joining Friends of the Chautauqua Writers' Center.

 

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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.


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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