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. 
Ages 18 and up. No registration required.

Informal Prose and Poetry Critiques (Canceled for 2020)

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

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

Annual Robert Pinsky Favorite Poem Project
July 19, 5 p.m. 
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Submission deadline: July 22
All invited to submit a known published poem by an established writer. | Information and Application

Annual Writing Contests
Poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. For adults, young adults and young writers. Fee for non-members.
Submissions open June 28. Deadline: August 2 – Information and Application
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Annual Local Authors Book Fair (Canceled for 2020)

Annual Dinner with Friends (Canceled for 2020)

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!