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 second time in the summer of 2019, 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 "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.

 

2019

My Tran Wins Second Chautauqua Janus Prize

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Chautauqua Institution is delighted to announce "Tree rings, like concentric ghosts" by My Tran as the 2019 winner of The Chautauqua Janus Prize.

As the author selected from eight finalists by judge Vi Khi Nao, Tran receives $5,000, elevated this year from the original prize of $2,500, plus all travel and expenses for a summer residency at Chautauqua during the 2019 summer season. Tran will present a public lecture and reading at a celebratory event with music and refreshments at a date to be determined on the Institution’s grounds. Their writing will also appear in a future issue of the literary journal Chautauqua

Tran said they were honored to be chosen for a prize that celebrates formal innovation.

“Here is a space where I let playful associations bridge the cut between sense and nonsense, between the languages that cohere and fall apart in my body, between fact and fiction,” Tran said of “Tree rings, like concentric ghosts." “So, I am thrilled to be a part of the conversations at Chautauqua Institution, where dialogue is woven across disciplines, genres, and impulses, always attuned to our social and political climate.”

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


Congratulations also go out to the 8 other finalists selected by our readers: Lucy Biederman, Jonathan Escoffery, Afsheen Farhadi, Taraka Hamada, Leah Hampton, Kelsey Peterson and Brenda Peynado.

The 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. (Learn more about her workshop here!)

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 Three and Four of Chautauqua’s 2019 summer season (July 8–12 and July 15-19) and welcomes young writers from all across the country. Young writers, no matter their experience, may enroll in the Institute by calling the Ticket Office at 716-357-6250. Registration for this intensive five-day session is $275; no application is required. (Registered students who would like to stay on the grounds after 6 p.m. and/or overnight should consider purchasing a youth gate pass for the week, also through the Ticket Office.)

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 their writing submit a letter of recommendation on their behalf. The application submission period is now open through May 1!

Student Application


Teacher Recommendation Form

Daily Schedule

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

Students are responsible for their own meals: before 9 a.m., between Noon and 1:30 p.m., and after 4:30 p.m. (Scholarship students typically share meals with their host families.)

2019 Faculty

Kim HendersonWeek Three: Kim 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. This is her second summer as Young Writers Institute faculty.


Kenyatta Rogers

Week Four: Kenyatta 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. This is his second summer as Young Writers Institute faculty.

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 2019 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, but housing scholarship applications are already open! Registration details are included on our 2019 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.

 

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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