2016 is an historical year for Writers & Books. It marks our 35th anniversary, and also the retirement of our founding executive director, Joe Flaherty. In the 1970s Joe started the Book Bus, bringing small
press books into communities all across the northeast United States. He then settled in Rochester, and opened a permanent space where readers and writers could gather. For thirty-five years Writers & Books has been bringing words and people together, providing literary opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Joe is a visionary who has been creating innovative programming and providing space for readers and writers, outside of the academic classroom. We will miss Joe as he moves into retirement, but we are excited about the future, and about identifying our next director. We are looking forward to the next 35 years of Writers & Books, and the ways in which our programming and our reach will continue to push the bounds and inspire the Rochester community, and beyond.
2016 is historical for Summerwrite in another way, too. Over the past several years we have been growing our scholarship program, providing more and more opportunities to youth who would not otherwise have the means to attend our workshops. Thanks to the gifts of generous donors, we have been able to provide scholarships to approximately 15% of all SummerWrite students in recent years. In 2016, we have been recognized with a generous grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and will be able to provide more scholarships than ever before. It is very important to us at Writers & Books that our programs are accessible to all people, regardless of financial situation. Our scholarship application can be found on our website www.wab.org, under the youth programs tab.
We look forward to another exciting summer with a myriad of youth programs to choose from! Be sure you and your child spend time perusing the catalog together—the more involved your child is in the process of choosing a workshop, the more invested your child will be in the experience of the workshop.
In the spirit of creativity,
Sally Bittner Bonn
Director of Youth Education
Thank you to our SummerWrite 2016 Presenting Sponsors: