Friends of the Chautauqua Writers' Center, formerly known as Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends (CLAF), is a volunteer network of writers and readers who work year-round in support of Chautauqua Literary Arts. During the nine-week summer program, the Friends provide support to the Chautauqua Writers’ Center, sponsor weekly opportunities for writers to present their work and meet other writers and readers, and organize contests and other special events.

Friends of the Chautauqua Writers' Center Events

Readings by Prose and Poetry Writers-in-Residence
Sundays, 3:30 p.m. Virtual Porch
Co-sponsored with Writers’ Center. Open to the public.


Open Mic
Sundays, 5 p.m. Zoom
Ages 18 and up. No registration required.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 845 6706 6115
Passcode: 649251


Informal Prose and Poetry Critiques (Canceled for 2021)


Authors' Hour Readings
Thursdays, 12:15 p.m. 
Brown Bag lunch, Weeks 1–9 | Information and Application

Watch the 2020 Authors' Hour Readings on the Friends of the Chautauqua Writers' Center YouTube channel.


Annual Robert Pinsky Favorite Poem Project
July 21, 5 p.m. 
Submission deadline: July 14
All invited to submit a known published poem by an established writer. | Information and Application

Watch the 2020 Annual Robert Pinsky Favorite Poem Project


Annual Writing Contests
Poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. For adults, young adults and young writers. Fee for non-members.
Submissions open June 27 and close on July 25 | Information and Application
Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, August 8.

Watch the 2020 Annual Writing Contests


Annual Local Authors Book Fair (Canceled for 2021)


Annual Dinner with Friends (Canceled for 2021)

 

Membership Information

Annual membership is $20/person. Membership fees help provide housing scholarships for emerging writers.

All members receive a discount voucher for the newest issue of the literary journal Chautauqua, redeemable for a $5 copy at either the Octagon or the second floor of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall.

Join ONLINE now or in person on the second floor of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall!