Details coming soon!
June 19-22, 2019

The 2019 Chautauqua Writers’ Festival will take place over the four days (Wed-Sat) before Chautauqua Institution's summer season commences.

In addition to the Festival’s tradition of intensive workshops and one-on-one conferences with award-winning contemporary authors, attendees will also experience panel conversations, breakout sessions, and a keynote conversation. The 2019 theme will be announced soon; it will draw connections between the personal, the political, and the craft of writing. All of these features are included in the cost of Standard Registration and available as an option to any workshop participant.

Alternatively, Explorations Registration 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 19 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 January. 

Submit here (soon)


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