June 19-22, 2019
Writing & Reclamation

The 2019 Chautauqua Writers’ Festival takes place over the four days (Wed-Sat) before Week One of 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 can also experience panel conversations, breakout sessions, and a keynote conversation. The 2019 theme is Writing & Reclamation, and these various conversations will draw fruitful and urgent 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. Learn more below about registration, applications to join a panel or lead a breakout session, and our incredible faculty!

Keynote & Panels


Brown Jericho

Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is also the author of the collection The Tradition (2019). His poems have appeared in Buzzfeed, The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Time, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry anthologies. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta.

Panels & Breakout Sessions 

Applications are now open for those interested in joining a panel conversation or leading a breakout session!

Submit here!


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.