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Writers & Books Literary Conference

From the Margins to the Center, April 26 – 28, 2024

“This cosmopolitan voice belongs to the human family, and it luxuriates in crossing necessary borders. One of the most important voices of her generation.” Yusef Komunyakaa

Nathalie Handal headlines as keynote speaker at our virtual Literary Conference: From the Margins to the Center, April 2024. Join us online for three days of panels, readings, and workshops with authors, peers, and industry experts.


2 Pages/2 Voices 2024

Competition | Performance

Writers & Books is thrilled to announce the resumption of its flagship playwriting program, 2 Pages/2 Voices, a competition open to area playwrights of all levels of experience. Ten competition-winning plays will be selected, then directed and performed as script-in-hand readings at Writers & Books’ intimate theater.

Competition opens on January 29 and the deadline for submissions is April 1, 2024, 11:59 pm. For more information on the competition and how to submit please click HERE.


Community Writing Group

Join us for a free, collaborative, supportive writing community every Saturday. Facilitated by Jessica L. Pavia, our writing group is focused on encouragement, guidance, generosity, and accountability. More information HERE.


Workshops & Master Classes

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Readings: Visiting Authors Series

June Gervais, Jobs for Girls with Artistic Flair

Misfit and dreamer Gina Mulley has grown up in her older brother Dominic’s tattoo shop. Her fiercest ambition is to become a tattoo artist in her own right, but this […]

Free – $20.00
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Rochester Roots

The Little Theater, 240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY Erica Cavanagh, Michael Dumanis, Rachel Galvin, Ilya Kaminsky & Sejal Shah ASL interpretation provided Join us for a one-of-a-kind event showcasing five […]

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Readings: Meet BOA Editions Authors

Christopher Kennedy, The Strange God Who Makes Us

Christopher Kennedy will be in conversation with BOA Editions Publisher and Executive Director Peter Conners. An exploration of memory, mourning, and humanity’s precarious relationship to the Anthropocene, Kennedy’s new book […]

Free – $20.00
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Amy Lee Lillard, Exile in Guyville

Amy Lee Lillard will be in conversation with BOA Editions Publisher and Executive Director Peter Conners.  Described as “explosive and inventive” by author Gwen. E Kirby, Lillard’s prize-winning collection of stories explores a […]

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Special Events

My Medea: A Performance | May 2, 2024

Medea is a first-year Spanish teacher attempting to create the perfect classroom while coping with the death of her brother, separation from her fiancé, a mouse infestation in her classroom, […]

Free – $20.00
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My Medea: A Performance | May 3, 2024

Medea is a first-year Spanish teacher attempting to create the perfect classroom while coping with the death of her brother, separation from her fiancé, a mouse infestation in her classroom, […]

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My Medea: A Performance | May 4, 2024

Medea is a first-year Spanish teacher attempting to create the perfect classroom while coping with the death of her brother, separation from her fiancé, a mouse infestation in her classroom, […]

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Poets & Potables: A Writers & Books Benefit Social

Carnegie Cellar Wine Bar & Kitchen, 247 North Goodman Street, Rochester Join us for a convivial evening at NOTA’s Carnegie Cellar Wine Bar & Kitchen, voted “Rochester’s best wine bar.” […]

$60.00
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Artist in Residence

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Readings: Literary Partners

Ryan Kovacs, Destroy Creation: Phase II

Destroy Creation: Phase II continues the Destruction Series story with protagonist Thomas learning to survive in a world that does not know of his existence. Through tragic loss and an […]

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Kerry Sara, J-Villains

Written in epistolary form, J-Villains is the story of Shibel Assad, an immigrant graduate exchange college student attending journalism school in Manhattan. Shibel’s roommate is Constantin Stoian, an American citizen […]

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Lawrence Berger, Word Dancing: Instant Poetry

What is instant poetry? Some of the intriguing works in this collection were created by the author based upon people calling out words and sentences at his interactive poetry readings. […]

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Special Events

My Medea: A Performance | May 2, 2024

Medea is a first-year Spanish teacher attempting to create the perfect classroom while coping with the death of her brother, separation from her fiancé, a mouse infestation in her classroom, […]

Free – $20.00
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My Medea: A Performance | May 3, 2024

Medea is a first-year Spanish teacher attempting to create the perfect classroom while coping with the death of her brother, separation from her fiancé, a mouse infestation in her classroom, […]

Free – $20.00
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My Medea: A Performance | May 4, 2024

Medea is a first-year Spanish teacher attempting to create the perfect classroom while coping with the death of her brother, separation from her fiancé, a mouse infestation in her classroom, […]

Free – $20.00
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Poets & Potables: A Writers & Books Benefit Social

Carnegie Cellar Wine Bar & Kitchen, 247 North Goodman Street, Rochester Join us for a convivial evening at NOTA’s Carnegie Cellar Wine Bar & Kitchen, voted “Rochester’s best wine bar.” […]

$60.00
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SummerWrite 2024

Percy Jackson’s Magic Pen | Ages: 9 – 12

Percy Jackson is mighty with his sword; his creator, Rick Riordan, is mighty with his pen. Experiment with the writing methods Riordan uses to weave a siren spell. You will […]

$322.00
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Dragons, Dice, & Roleplaying | Ages: 13 – 16

Calling all quest seekers! What do collaborative role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and writing have to do with each other? Quite a lot, as you’ll discover. In this camp, […]

$322.00
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Produce a 90-Second Newbery Film | Ages: 9 – 12

Have you ever wondered what goes into bringing a story alive on the silver screen? In this camp, you’ll transform into cast and crew to make your own short movie […]

$322.00
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Build-a-Book | Ages: 10 – 13

So you want to write a book, but you need a plan. Join our community of writers to learn how to plot a book chapter by chapter, taking your great […]

$322.00
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Supernatural Shakespeare | Ages: 8 – 11

Calling young thespians! We’ll spend the week walking into the world of William Shakespeare, with a special focus on his use of the supernatural in his plays. We’ll explore his […]

$161.00
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Arts Alive: Exploring the Neighborhood | Ages: 10 – 13

Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA) has long been home to expression and creativity. Businesses and organizations that engage with art through painting, photography, food, and language abound. There are […]

$161.00
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SummerWrite in the Branches: Young Authors Club | Ages: 8 – 13

SummerWrite in the Branches: Families facing economic challenges are especially encouraged to register their young readers and writers in tuition-free camps held at five library branches. Do you like fantasy, […]

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Hogwarts Academy | Ages: 8-14

Immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter when Writers & Books’ three-story building is transformed into Hogwarts! Throughout the week, students attend Herbology, Transfiguration, Divination, History of Magic, Defense […]

$422.00
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Telling Tales | Ages: 7 – 9

Create your own characters and tell your own story ideas while learning at the hand of master teaching artists, a writer and a visual artist. You’ll learn the tools of […]

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SummerWrite in the Branches: It Could Happen Here | Ages: 8 – 13

SummerWrite in the Branches: Families facing economic challenges are especially encouraged to register their young readers and writers in tuition-free camps held at five library branches. Everything seems normal...on first […]

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Writers & Illustrators | Ages: 10 – 13

In this exciting collaboration between Writers & Books and the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery, you’ll create your own fantastically illustrated and imaginatively written story. You’ll learn how […]

$325
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Building Fantastical Worlds | Ages: 8 – 11

Have you ever wondered what it’s like living in magical worlds, such as those described in the Harry Potter series, Chronicles of Narnia, and The Borrowers? How do we leave […]

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Outdoor Writers | Ages: 9 – 16

Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, nature, and you! Spend five days communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists […]

$377.00
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SummerWrite in the Branches: Graphic Novels/The World in Pictures & Words | Ages: 8 – 13

SummerWrite in the Branches: Families facing economic challenges are especially encouraged to register their young readers and writers in tuition-free camps held at five library branches. Words and pictures work […]

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Mystery 101 | Ages: 10 – 13

Does a good mystery intrigue you? Do you enjoy the creative writing process?  Do you want to know “whodunnit?” If your answer is “yes,” join us for Mystery Writing 101. […]

$161.00
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SummerWrite in the Branches: The Poetry of You/La poesía acerca de ti | Ages: 8 – 13

SummerWrite in the Branches: Families facing economic challenges are especially encouraged to register their young readers and writers in tuition-free camps held at five library branches. Bilingual Camp Express the […]

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Poetry, Pottery, & Paper | Ages: 8 – 11

This collaboration between Writers & Books and the Flower City Arts Center provides a unique opportunity merging visual arts with creative writing. You will work with artists to hand-build a […]

$400.00
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Writing with Light | Ages: 12 – 14

The word photography means “writing with light.” Using a 35mm film camera (provided) and a pen and notebook, we will explore the uniqueness of the Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA). […]

$400.00
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Story Writing Boot Camp | Ages: 13-16

Learn the essentials of voice, character, conflict, and dialogue to build a story and keep it going in a supportive setting. Whatever kind of fiction you write, we’ll home in […]

$161.00
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SummerWrite in the Branches: Tales From Your Mind | Ages: 8 – 13

SummerWrite in the Branches: Families facing economic challenges are especially encouraged to register their young readers and writers in tuition-free camps held at five library branches. Do you like fantasy, […]

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Writing for the Screen | Ages: 13-16

Have you ever wondered how your favorite television show got to the screen? Want to try your hand at writing a script made for TV? In this camp you will […]

$161.00
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