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Rochester Roots

June 5 @ EST 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Little Theater, 240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY, & Online

Join us for a one-of-a-kind reading and book signing showcasing five literary luminaries, Brighton High School alumni all, when they return to their greater Rochester roots, ASL interpreted: Erica Cavanagh, Michael Dumanis, Rachel Galvin, Ilya Kaminsky & Sejal Shah. 

Poetry in the (Highland Park) Bowl

June 12 – 14 @ EST 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Immerse yourself in poetry in Rochester’s incomparable outdoor amphitheater! Stay to meet award-winning poets and have copies of your books signed. ASL interpreted. Albert Abonado, Tyler Barton, Chen Chen, Jessica Cuello, Cornelius Eady, Lu Highsmith Trio

Join our Producers Circle!

Gifts starting at $250 will ensure the success of two invigorating cultural gems: Rochester Roots on June 5 and our Poetry Festival in the (Highland Park) Bowl, June 12 – 14. Your generosity will play a key role in connecting poets and writers with all audiences, regardless of their means. Please click here to donate.


SummerWrite Reading & Writing Camps

July 15 – August 9, 2024

Whether a reluctant reader or a budding novelist, your child, tween, or teen will express their creativity, make new friends, and pursue learning as an adventure at SummerWriteNeed-based scholarships available.

 

 


Poetry Festival

Poetry in the Bowl Wednesday, June 12

Lu Highsmith Trio: 6 – 6:30 pm Tyler Barton: 6:40 – 7:10 pm Meet the Poets | Book Signing: 7:15 – 8 pm ASL interpretation provided Highland Bowl, 1137 South […]

Free – $20.00
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Poetry in the Bowl Thursday, June 13

Jessica Cuello: 6 – 6:30 pm Chen Chen: 6:40 – 7:10 pm Meet the Poets | Book Signing: 7:15 – 8 pm ASL interpretation provided Highland Bowl, 1137 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620 […]

Free – $20.00
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Poetry in the Bowl Friday, June 14

Albert Abonado: 6 – 6:30 pm Cornelius Eady with Bernie Heveron: 6:40 – 7:10 pm Meet the Poets | Book Signing: 7:15 – 8 pm ASL interpretation provided Highland Bowl, […]

Free – $20.00
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Workshops & Master Classes

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Readings: Visiting Authors Series

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 […]

Free – $20.00
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Readings: Meet BOA Editions Authors

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Special Events

2 Pages/2 Voices 2024 Performances

Join us for script-in-hand readings of 10 plays selected as winners from 50 submissions to our 2 Pages/2 Voices Competition. Plays feature two characters, are restricted to a two-page script, […]

Free – $20.00
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Artist in Residence

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Readings: Literary Partners

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. […]

Free – $20.00
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Special Events

2 Pages/2 Voices 2024 Performances

Join us for script-in-hand readings of 10 plays selected as winners from 50 submissions to our 2 Pages/2 Voices Competition. Plays feature two characters, are restricted to a two-page script, […]

Free – $20.00
Find out more

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. Let your creativity and […]

Free
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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 […]

Free
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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 […]

Free
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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 […]

Free
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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, […]

Free
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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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