The Young Writers Institute is a five-day immersive, multi-genre creative writing day camp for students 14 to 18 years old. Through short exercises, close study of work by contemporary writers, and workshops, students will develop their command of the core elements of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Led by an exceptional faculty of published teaching artists with deep experience mentoring young writers, each student will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with them to develop a plan for future growth.

The Young Writers Institute will be offered in Three and Four of Chautauqua’s 2019 summer season (July 8–12 and July 15-19) and welcomes young writers from all across the country. Young writers, no matter their experience, may enroll in the Institute by calling the Ticket Office at 716-357-6250. Registration for this intensive five-day session is $275; no application is required. (Registered students who would like to stay on the grounds after 6 p.m. and/or overnight should consider purchasing a youth gate pass for the week, also through the Ticket Office.)


Thanks to the generosity of the Alumni Association of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC), we are able to offer all-expenses paid scholarships on a competitive basis to rising seniors attending school in Chautauqua County. Scholarship winners will have the option of choosing the session that best fits their schedule. 

To apply for the scholarship, students must fill out the online application, as well as have a teacher familiar with their writing submit a letter of recommendation on their behalf. The application submission period has been extended through May 20!

Student Application

Teacher Recommendation Form

Daily Schedule

9–10:30 a.m.: Class in the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall
10:45 a.m.–Noon: Class, or, depending on the lecture theme, attend a lecture in the Amp
1:30-4:30 p.m.: Class and/or attend events at the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall

Students are responsible for their own meals: before 9 a.m., between Noon and 1:30 p.m., and after 4:30 p.m. (Scholarship students typically share meals with their host families.)

2019 Faculty

Kim HendersonWeek Three: Kim Henderson is the author of The Kind of Girl, which won the Seventh Annual Rose Metal Press Short Short Chapbook Contest. Her stories have appeared in The Kenyon ReviewTin House Open Bar, The Texas Observer, Cutbank, River Styx,The Southeast Review, New SouthH_NGM_NFlash Fiction Online, and elsewhere. Originally from New Mexico, she now lives with her husband on a mountain in Southern California, where she chairs the Creative Writing program at Idyllwild Arts Academy. This is her second summer as Young Writers Institute faculty.

Kenyatta Rogers

Week Four: Kenyatta Rogers is a Cave Canem Fellow and has been twice awarded scholarships from the Breadloaf Writers' Conference. He has also been nominated twice for both Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes, his work has been previously published in or is forthcoming from JubilatVinylBat City ReviewThe Volta and PANK, among others. He is an associate editor of RHINO Poetry and currently serves on the creative writing faculty at the Chicago High School for the Arts. This is his second summer as Young Writers Institute faculty.