Classes & Workshops


These Classes & Workshops are happening from today, forward.


The Bare Bones Of A Play

July 31, 2017
Instructor(s): Katherine Varga

JY17-D35 Whether you’re interested in writing for theatre, TV, or film, you need characters, conflict, and perception shifts. Sound boring? It’s actually awesome. This class will teach the narrative theory… View More »

Teen Comedy Improv

July 31, 2017
Instructor(s): Julie Donofrio

JY17-D23 Have you ever seen the television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and thought, “I’d like to do that!” Here’s your chance! Comedy improvisation is the art of acting… View More »

My Side Of The Mountain

August 07, 2017
Instructor(s): Edgar Brown Angela Cannon-Crothers Lindsay Cray

JY17-RG08 NOTE: Held at Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat. A van will run from Writers & Books leaving promptly at 8 am, returning at 5 pm If meeting the… View More »

Fact to Fiction

August 07, 2017
Instructor(s): Sarah Cedeño

  JY17-F41 Are you a budding writer looking for inspiration? Step outside, turn on the news, open a magazine, read your Facebook or Twitter feed. This course is fertile ground… View More »

Best Friends & Worst Enemies: Creating Memorable Characters

August 07, 2017
Instructor(s): Nina Alvarez

JY17-F49 Plot is important, but characters are even more vital to our stories. We’ll begin by defining characterization and all the ways that writers go about creating it. We’ll study… View More »

Writing Your College Admissions Essay

August 07, 2017

JY17-B02 Learn to write impressive essays for admission applications, the kind that wow admissions officers by what you say and how you say it, and that advertise you: creative, curious,… View More »

Writing Movies

August 14, 2017
Instructor(s): Michael M.B. Galvin

JY17-D04 All the best stuff happens before the cameras roll! In this workshop we’ll talk about what makes screenplays work and learn basic techniques by focusing on structure, story, characters,… View More »

Fleshing Out Fiction

August 21, 2017
Instructor(s): Leslie Youngblood

JY17-F51 As a teen, you already have hundreds of stories to tell. This class helps you build confidence and hone your voice to flesh out the stories. From a place… View More »

Reading Marginalized Voices

August 21, 2017

JY17-N15 In this polarizing political climate, there’s plenty a writer can do to ensure that underrepresented people and groups get their voices out into the world: Read. We’ll look at… View More »

Writers on the Move

August 21, 2017
Instructor(s): Henry Padrón

JY17-M57 Art and words meet in our community in this brand new class! In recent years many new murals have been painted in Rochester to build community awareness, delve into… View More »