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. • Hall of Philosophy
Followed by reception and book-signing on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall. Co-sponsored with Writers’ Center. Open to the public.


Open Mic
Sundays, 5 p.m. • Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall
Ages 18 and up. No registration required.


Informal Prose and Poetry Critiques
Tuesdays around 1:15 p.m. after Brown Bag lunch events • Porch, Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall
No registration required, but bring 10 copies of one page of your work.


Authors' Hour Readings
Thursdays, 12:15 p.m. • Porch, Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall
Brown Bag lunch, Weeks 1–9 | Information and Application


Annual Robert Pinsky Favorite Poem Project
August 5, 3:30 p.m. • Hall of Philosophy
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 27. Deadline: August 2 – Information and Application
Awards Ceremony: August 16 at 2:30 p.m., Hall of Philosophy


Annual Local Authors Book Fair 
July 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Deadline to apply: July 18. Fee for non-members. – Information and Application


Annual Dinner with Friends
6 p.m.
Membership required, available at the door. Reservation required at friendsofthewriterscenter@gmail.com

Membership Information

Annual membership (new pricing) 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!