The literary arts are represented at Chautauqua by a variety of programs.
The Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle presents weekly roundtable lectures by distinguished, nationally known authors; book reviews and discussion sessions programmed by the CLSC and the CLSC Alumni Association; and a Young Readers program.
The Chautauqua Writers’ Center coordinates workshops, free weekly readings, lectures by its writers-in-residence, a yearly pre-season
Writers’ Festival, and the Chautauqua literary journal. Books featured in these programs, in addition to books by the Writers’ Center faculty, are always available at Chautauqua’s Smith Memorial Library, and the Chautauqua Bookstore.
Special literary events are featured in the Amphitheater and other Chautauqua locations throughout the season.
The Alumni Association of the CLSC was incorporated in 1893 to provide an organization that encourages CLSC graduates to continue reading and study. It conducts programs including Brown Bag luncheon/book reviews and Eventide programs. It is also the parent organization for the graduated classes. Many of these classes are active for several decades or more.
The Chautauqua Writers' Center is a lively community of writers at all levels of development who cultivate the courage, craft and vision necessary to grow as artists under the tutelage of nationally recognized authors.Read More
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.