For the first time ever, the Chautauqua Writers’ Center is sponsoring a fall poetry workshop, led by former poet-in-residence Neil Shepard.

This 12-person workshop will be held from Sept. 28 – Oct. 2.

This list includes writers in residence for the Chautauqua Writers’ Center from 1988 through the current year.




Kathleen Aguero
Maggie Anderson
James Armstrong
David Baker
Ansie Baird
Jan Beatty
Erin Belieu
Bruce Bennett
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram
Catherine Bowman
Philip Brady
Douglas Carlson
David Chin
David Citino
Charles Coe
Brad Comann
Helen Conkling
Geraldine Connolly
Nicole Cooley
Robert Cording
Stephen Corey
Gerald Costanzo
Jim Daniels
Todd Davis
Taylor Davy
Mark DeFoe
Chard deNiord

Carl Dennis
Gregory Donovan
Stephen Dunn
Beth Ann Fennelly
Richard Foerster
Alice Fogel
Carol Frost
Pamela Gemin
Diana Hume George
Danielle Legros Georges
Margaret Gibson
Douglas Goetsch
Ari Goldman
Kent Gramm
William Greenway
Susan Grimm
Emily Grosholz
Mac Sawyer Hammond
Jeffrey Harrison
Stephen Haven
David Havird
Terrance Hayes
William H. Heyen
Rick Hilles
John Hoppenthaler
Akua Lezli Hope
Mary Jean Irion

Lori Jakiela
Allison Joseph
Julia Spicher Kasdorf
Laura Kasischke
Jim Kates
Susan Kinsolving
Judith Kitchen
Nancy Krygowski
Greg Kuzma
Richard Lehnert
George Looney
Dan Masterson
Shara McCallum
Michael McFee
Marjorie Maddox
Charlotte Matthews
Jo McDugall
Samuel Menashe
Wendy Mnookin
Rajiv Mohabir
Veronica Morgan
Joan Murray
Andrew Mulvania
Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Rob Ostrom
Jackie Osherow
Alan Michael Parker
Molly Peacock

Kevin Pilkington
Lia Purpura
Nancy Reisman
Len Roberts
Liz Rosenberg
Stanley Rubin
Leslie Rubinkowski
Stephen Sandy
Neil Shepard
David Shumate
Mary McLaughlin Slechta
Elizabeth Stevens
Stephanie Strickland
Mathias Svalina
Karen Swenson
Phil Terman
Elaine Terranova
Lewis Turco
Michael Waters
David Weiss
Gabriel Welsch
Julie Wendell
William Wenthe
Marjory Wentworth
Patricia Jabbeh Wesley
Marcus Wicker
Carolyne Wright
Kevin Young



If you were a writer-in-residence for the Writers’ Center, but your name is not on this list, please let us know. Send your name, the year you taught, and the genre you taught to Director of Literary Arts Atom Atkinson at

Each five-day workshop is taught by an experienced, published writer-in-residence in a small group setting. All workshops will be hosted on Chautauqua's new Online Classroom

As workshop descriptions are announced, each will clarify which of these models that workshop will employ:

  1. Generative Workshops: Offered occasionally, these workshops focus on in-class craft analysis, discussion and exercises, as well as (time-permitting) take-home prompts; ideal for writers at any level of experience looking for ways to invigorate or initiate their writing practices. $135. Enrollment capped at 12.
  2. Flexible Workshops: The most frequently-offered option, these workshops first consider work by participants who arrive on Monday with relevant drafts, then workshop participants who've generated work during the week, all in the context of regular craft analysis and discussion. $135. Enrollment capped at 12.
  3. Advanced Workshops: Offered once each season in both poetry and prose, these workshops focus on careful reading and response for everyone's submitted manuscripts, in the context of craft analysis and sometimes alternative revision strategies; ideal for dedicated and experienced writers hoping to make significant headway on their latest drafts; application required. $170. Enrollment capped at 8.

Week 1

Week 1 

Writing from Home

June 29–July 3 / 8:30–10:30 a.m. / Register

Bertram LillianYvonneLillian-Yvonne Bertram
Course Description:
Even in the best of times, “home” can be complicated. Now, most of us have been and are confined to our homes (be they permanent or temporary) and not by choice. What does it mean to write from home, in home, and about home, in these strange times? Can we find home, and be “at home” in our writing during these tumultuous times? Can we be at home in the world? Is home where we are, where we live, or where we come from? Is home a safe and comforting structure, laden with memories? Or are we most at home with other people, with blood relations or chosen family?

In this workshop we will look at poems that conceptualize “home” as physical and psychic spaces, from geographic spaces to being at home in one’s body, to being at home in the poem. Along the way we will talk about the writing strategies poets use to convey these meanings and significations in their poems with an eye towards using these strategies to write and talk about our own poems. Readings, prompts, and guidance will be provided. Come write with us, from anywhere, from home!  Flexible (ages 18+)

Bio: Originally from Buffalo,Dr. Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is the author of But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, chosen by Claudia Rankine as winner of the 2010 Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Award, a slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen, 2016) and Personal Science (Tupelo Press, 2017).Travesty Generator, winner of the 2018 Noemi Press Poetry Award, is forthcoming from Noemi in 2019.

Bertram is a 2014 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Poetry Fellowship, the 2020 Anna Rabinowitz Prize and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

Writing Your Way Home: Personal Nonfiction and the Personal Place

June 29–July 3 / 1:15–3:15 p.m. / Register

David GiffelsDavid Giffels
Course Description:
The relationship between the personal essayist and his or her place is central to understanding the self and the world. Whether the setting is a Midwestern downtown, a childhood bedroom, an immigrant’s landing spot, a hiking trail, or all of Manhattan, writers possess unique authority, authenticity, and insight when exploring the places that formed them. Through short readings, writing prompts, craft lessons, and workshop exercises, writers will generate ideas and develop them into personal essays. Flexible (ages 18+)

Bio: David Giffels is the author of six books of nonfiction, including the upcomingBarnstorming Ohio: To Understand America, the memoirsFurnishing EternityandAll the Way Home, both winners of the Ohioana Book Award, andThe Hard Way on Purpose, longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. His writing has appeared in theNew York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Parade, The Iowa Review, Esquire, Grantland, and many other publications. He is a professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts creative writing program.