Each five-day workshop is taught by an experienced, published writer-in-residence in a small group setting. 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 from the Hall of Philosophy.)

Registration opens in April 6, 2020. Details can be found in the Registration tab below.

As workshop descriptions are announced, each will clarify which of these models that workshop will employ:

  1. Generative Workshops: Offered occasionally, these workshops focus on in-class craft analysis, discussion and exercises, as well as (time-permitting) take-home prompts; ideal for writers at any level of experience looking for ways to invigorate or initiate their writing practices. $135. Enrollment capped at 12.
  2. Flexible Workshops: The most frequently-offered option, these workshops first consider work by participants who arrive on Monday with relevant drafts, then workshop participants who've generated work during the week, all in the context of regular craft analysis and discussion. $135. Enrollment capped at 12.
  3. Advanced Workshops: Offered once each season in both poetry and prose, these workshops focus on careful reading and response for everyone's submitted manuscripts, in the context of craft analysis and sometimes alternative revision strategies; ideal for dedicated and experienced writers hoping to make significant headway on their latest drafts; application required. $170. Enrollment capped at 8.



Registration for all workshops begins in April. Courses are available for writers at many stages of experience and development, though students must be at least 18 to enroll. Writers ages 14 to 18 are encouraged to consider our Young Writers Institute. Writers who are new to Chautauqua should consider applying for our housing scholarship by April 30.

A $5 fee is added to all orders placed online, by mail, or by telephone.

Register online: chqtickets.com

Register by phone: 716.357.6250. Please have all registration information ready before calling. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover are all accepted.

Pre-register by mail: Use the registration form in any print copy of the Special Studies Catalog, enclosing full payment and mailing to:

Special Studies 
PO Box 28 
Chautauqua, New York 14722

To receive a print catalog in the mail, please email info@chq.org or call 716.357.6200.

Register in-person: Walk-in registrations will be accepted at the Main Gate Ticket Office, Visitors Center, and Special Studies Office at Hultquist Center.