Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends, formerly known as Chautauqua Readers & Writers, is a volunteer network of writers and readers who work year-round on behalf of the literary arts at Chautauqua. During the nine-week summer program, the Friends provide support to the Writers’ Center, sponsor weekly opportunities for writers to present their work and meet other writers and readers, and organize contests and other special events.  The group also promotes Chautauqua, the Institution’s nationally recognized literary journal that has published numerous acclaimed authors, including a winner of the prestigious Pushcart Prize.

Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends Events

(Click here for complete CLAF calendar of events or check Chautauquan Daily

  • Sunday afternoon readings and book-signings by prose and poetry writers-in-residence at Alumni Hall followed by a reception. Co-sponsored with Writers’ Center (open to the public)

  • Sunday evening Open Mic at Alumni Hall (no registration required)

  • Tuesday informal prose and poetry critiques after Brown Bag lunch events at Alumni Hall porch (no registration required, but bring 5 copies of one page of your work)

  • Thursday evening Authors’ Hour readings for Chautauqua’s authors at Brick Walk Café – Information and Application

  • Annual Robert Pinsky Favorite Poem Project reading in Hall of Philosophy – Information and Application

  • Annual writing contests (prose and poetry; fiction and creative non-fiction; for adults, young adults, and young writers) – Information and Application

    Submission Categories
  • Annual Chautauqua authors’ Book Fair – Information and Application

  • Annual Dinner with Friends at Alumni Hall (Reservation required at

Membership Information

Annual membership* $30/single, $40/couple, $20/young adult under 26

*All members receive a copy of the literary journal Chautauqua and invitations to members-only events

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