Chautauqua Writers' Festival

Chautauqua, New York, United States

Jun 20 - Jun 23, 2018


TUITION / COST:$500 (standard); $400 (sponsored student); $200 (explorations)
If you are a current student at a current or potential festival partner institution, talk to your program director, or have them contact us at

CONTACT: Emily Carpenter
PHONE: (716) 357-6310

Each June, writers convene to explore the craft of writing in the context of urgent social questions through panel conversations, breakout sessions, and a keynote address--and, if they choose, intensive genre-specific workshops led by extraordinary author-educators.

Co-sponsored by Catapult, the Academy of American Poets, and Wick Poetry Center, the Festival is newly supplemented by panel conversations and breakout sessions exploring:

- Poetry & the Body

- Writing Memoir in an Age of Alternative Facts

- Teaching Writing in Times of Crisis

There will also be an opening keynote address from Kiese Laymon on the 2018 overall theme: Writing in Times of Crisis.

These new components of the festival will draw connections between the personal, the political, and the craft of writing--and are included in the cost of every registration level.

The new Explorations Registration option will make it possible to attend only these new components of the Festival, as well as faculty readings, open mics, and other events, fostering a vibrant, dynamic convening of writers from near and far.

Standard and Sponsored-Student registrants also enroll in a single four-day intensive workshop in creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry.


Featured Writers Include:

Jennine CapĆ³ Crucet, francine j. harris, Eleanor Henderson, Hoa Nguyen, Mike Scalise


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction


1 Ames Ave
New York, United States

Chautauqua Literary Arts

We convene readers and writers of all ages in community, conversation, intensive craft development, and exploratory learning opportunities. In 2018, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Chautauqua Writers' Center and the 140th anniversary of Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle (CLSC), the nation's longest-running book discussion group. Visit our website to learn more about our many workshops, craft talks, and reading programs--as well as our annual Chautauqua Writers' Festival, literary journal, and literary prizes!