The Chautauqua Writers' Center is a lively community of writers at all levels of development who cultivate the craft and vision necessary to grow as artists under the tutelage of highly-accomplished writers-in-residence. Now entering our fourth decade, the original core program of 20 week-long workshops, 9 weekly Sunday readings, and 18 biweekly Brown Bag lectures on poetry and prose has grown to include a housing scholarship for first-time Chautauquans and an active support organization, Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends. 

Whether you are an accomplished writer looking for peer support on your latest drafts, a novice striving to take your work to the next level or simply an avid reader in love with all things literary, we welcome you and hope to see you at one of our many programs.


Our five-day, Monday-Friday workshops are taught in a small group setting by a different set of extraordinary writers-in-residence each week of our summer season. All workshops are held on the second floor of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall. (Located on the south end of the grounds on Wythe Ave. across the grove from the Hall of Philosophy.) We offer a variety of workshop models, detailed on our 2020 Workshops page.

Weekly prose and poetry workshops have been the core of the Chautauqua Writers' Center for decades. Writers-in-residence are selected not only for their national reputations and the quality of their work, but also for their ability to equip developing writers with important tools and insights for their writing in just a few days. Interested in joining us as a writer-in-residence? Please complete this interest form.

Writers' Center programs at a glance

• Readings by our Writers-in-Residence (free) — Each Sunday at 3:30 p.m., the week's writers-in-residence (both poetry and prose) read from their own work in the Hall of Philosophy, with a brief book-selling-and-signing to follow on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall. Sundays at Chautauqua Institution are free and open to the public.

• Brown-bag Lectures (free) — Each Tuesday and Friday at 12:15 p.m., the week’s writers-in-residence (poetry and prose, respectively) offer a lecture on the porch of the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall exploring the craft and practice of writing. Bring your lunch! (Rain location: 2nd floor ballroom of Literary Arts Center.)

• Friends of the Chautauqua Writers' Center — Writers and readers alike are invited to support the Writers' Center by joining Friends of the Chautauqua Writers' Center.