Chautauqua Institution

Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends (formerly known as Chautauqua Readers & Writers) is an organization of people who appreciate and support the literary arts, whether they are writers or readers. Throughout the Chautauqua summer season, CLAF provides social and intellectual events that bring together people who enjoy prose, poetry, and nonfiction of all types. The organization is also instrumental in supporting Chautauqua, the Writers’ Center’s nationally recognized literary journal whose contributors have been honored in many ways, including the prestigious Pushcart Prize.

Literary Arts Friends programs include

  • Literary Arts Contests — No submission fee for members; $5 for non-member. Prizes awarded in prose and poetry for adults, young adults, and younger writers.  Submission forms available at the library and the Literary Arts Center at Alumni Hall.

  • Favorite Poem Project — Based on Robert Pinsky’s initiative, Chautauquans have the opportunity to read their favorite poem in the Hall of Philosophy.

  • Informal Critiques — Writers are invited to share a page of their work on the Alumni Hall porch after the Tuesday and Friday Brown Bags.

  • Potluck Dinner — A gathering of people interested in supporting the Literary Arts at Chautauqua.

  • Open Mic — A chance on Sunday evenings for writers to read their work in public.

Membership Information

$30 annual membership in this literary arts support group includes a copy of the journal Chautauqua and helps fund the programs described above.

Visit CLAF’s independent website


  • A copy of the Chautauqua literary journal
  • Invitations for members-only events during the Chautauqua season
  • Inclusion in the online Pubs List for published authors

Membership form (PDF)