2019 details coming soon!
Writing in Times of Crisis
June 20-23, 2018

The 2018 Chautauqua Writers’ Festival took place over the four days (Wed-Sat) before Chautauqua Institution's summer season commenced.

In addition to the Festival’s tradition of intensive workshops and one-on-one conferences with award-winning contemporary authors, writers also explored the craft of writing in the context of urgent social questions through panel conversations, breakout sessions, and a keynote address. The 2018 theme for this slate of new options was “Writing in Times of Crisis,” which drew connections between the personal, the political, and the craft of writing. All of these features are optional to workshop participants and wii included in the cost of Workshop Registration.

Additionally, the new Explorations Registration option will make it possible for anyone to pay a reduced rate to attend everything other than workshops, fostering an even more vibrant, dynamic convening of writers from near and far. Explorations Registration is available through June 20 and at the door. Multiple new university and non-profit partners will facilitate this growth, including the Academy of American PoetsCatapult, Just BuffaloVIDA and Wick Poetry Center.

Keynote & Panels


2019 information tbd.

Panels & Breakout Sessions 

We will reopen applications to sit on on a panel or lead a breakout session this fall/winter 2018/19. 

Submit here (soon)


Questions? Email the festival’s director Dr. Lillian-Yvonne Bertram at writersfestival@chq.org or the Director of Literary Arts Mx. Atom Atkinson at aatkinson@chq.org.