Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends (CLAF), formerly known as Chautauqua Readers & Writers, 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.

Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends events

(Click here for complete CLAF calendar of events or check The Chautauquan Daily.)

  • Sunday afternoon readings by prose and poetry writers-in-residence at 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.

  • Sunday evening open mic at Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall (ages 18 and up; no registration required)

  • Tuesday informal prose and poetry critiques after Brown Bag lunch events on porch Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall. (No registration required, but bring 10 copies of one page of your work.)

  • Thursday Brown Bag lunch Authors’ Hour readings for CHQ authors on the porch of Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall (Weeks 1–9) – Information and Application

  • Annual Robert Pinsky Favorite Poem Project reading in Hall of Philosophy (July 24) – Information and Application

  • Annual writing contests (poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction; for adults, young adults and young writers; submissions open June 24) – Information and Application.

  • Annual local authors book fair (***July 7 deadline to apply) – Information and Application

  • Annual Reception with Friends (Reservation required at

  • *NEW* Support for young adult writer housing scholarships to attend first Chautauqua Writers' Center workshop

  • Discount voucher for literary journal Chautauqua

Membership Information

Annual membership (new pricing) is $20/person.

All members receive a discount voucher for the newest issue of the literary journal Chautauqua, redeemable for a $5 copy at either the Veranda 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!