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Upcoming at Writers & Books


Evolution Community Read: Amiri Baraka’s Blues People: Negro Music in White America

Writer, director, and actor David Shakes will lead Evolution Community Read, a virtual community conversation on Amiri Baraka’s Blues People: Negro Music in White America. Writers & Books is  thrilled […]

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– $20

Peer Workshop on “Read & Write with James Whorton, Jr.: Dead Souls, by Nikolai Gogol”

Bring your rough (or polished!) draft in any genre to a free-flowing discussion inspired by James Whorton's master class on Nikolai Gogol's Dead Souls. Writing prompts to consider as you create: […]

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So You’re a Neurodivergent Writer: Now What? All-Genre Workshop

Have you struggled with traditional writing advice? Do you hate feedback and revision of any kind? Do you find it difficult to call yourself a writer because of these things? […]

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$40

Ravi Mangla: The Observant

In a distant country, recently imprisoned filmmaker Vasant Rai is offered a chance at freedom. But the choice, he learns, comes at a very steep price. Ravi Mangla’s The Observant […]

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– $20

Francesca Padilla: What’s Coming to Me

Seventeen-year-old Minerva Gutiérrez plans revenge on her predatory boss in this poignant and thrilling contemporary Young Adult novel about grief, anger, and fighting for what you deserve. Perfect for fans […]

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– $20

Read & Write with Angelique Stevens: Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu

Nadia Owusu’s Whiting Award-winning debut memoir, Aftershocks, serves as the foundation for understanding the rich array of tools memoirists have to create complex narratives. We’ll explore such tools as metaphor, […]

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$40

Tate DeCaro: Are We There Yet? An Illustrated Journey of Coping & Creativity During COVID-19

In May 2021 over 50 people from around the country shared with Tate DeCaro decisions and deeds  they were proud of accomplishing during the first year of the pandemic. From huge […]

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– $20

Poetry Workshop: Getting Unstuck

Writer’s Block: Is there such a thing? William Stafford’s solution: Ignore "high standards" and "get into action." Exercising our writing muscles every day can help prepare us for when the […]

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$40

Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu | Follow-up Virtual Peer Workshop

Bring your rough (or polished!) draft in any genre to a free-flowing discussion inspired by Angelique Stevens’s master class on Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu. Writing prompts to consider as you […]

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Stephen J. West: Soft Boiled

In his debut Soft-Boiled: An Investigation Of Masculinity and the Writer's Life, Stephen J. West seamlessly weaves together personal experiences, studies of detective thrillers, and critical texts on masculinity to […]

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– $20

Mark Chesnut: Prepare for Departure

At an early age, travel writer Mark Chesnut learned to dodge discomfort by jumping on the nearest plane, bus, or car. The tactic proved useful when his single mother made […]

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– $20

Chen Chen: Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency

Chen Chen will be in conversation with author and poet Peter Conners, Publisher and Executive Director of BOA Editions. Portrait by Margarita Corporan In his highly anticipated second collection of […]

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“I Can’t Hear You”: Developing Voice in Fiction | David B. Seaburn

What contributes to a writer’s voice? How is it different from a character’s voice? How does one create characters’ voices that are as real as one’s own? Photographer and writer […]

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$40

Cynthia Dewi Oka: A Tinderbox in Three Acts

Cynthia Dewi Oka will be in conversation with author and poet Peter Conners, Publisher and Executive Director of BOA Editions. In her fourth poetry collection, Cynthia Dewi Oka performs a […]

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Cyrus Cassells: The World That the Shooter Left Us

In the aftermath of the Stand Your Ground killing of his close friend’s father, Cassells explores the brutality, bigotry, and betrayal at the heart of current America. Taking his cue […]

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– $20

Visit our Classes, Visiting Authors SeriesLiterary Partners, Meet BOA Editions Authors and Artist in Residence pages to see more upcoming events.


Taking Care in Writing, Publishing, & Building Community 2022

Kwame Dawes, Keynote Speaker
Panel Descriptions

Tickets  to the Recordings
Tickets for all Events: Members $195 | General Public $225
Selected Individual Events: Members $6 | General Public $8

As COVID sweeps across the planet and through our lives, we continue to confront our vulnerabilities, both public and private. Hard truths about our nation are in sharp focus. How do we carve out purpose, chart a meaningful course, through troubling times that don’t seem to end?

Taking care of ourselves and others is one answer, and it can take many forms. We hope you agree that engaging with and making art are transformational experiences that can offer solace, release, self-knowledge, and solidarity. It is in this spirit that you’re invited to join us for Taking Care in Writing, Publishing & Building Community.

If you have previously purchased the full conference, you will have access to the event on Crowdcast through April 23, 2022 (90 days).

Upcoming Youth Programs


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 handbuild a […]

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$375

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. There […]

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$375

Build-a-Book | Ages: 10-13

  So you want to write a book, but you need a plan? Learn how to plot a book chapter by chapter, taking your great idea and turning it into […]

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$300

Theatre for Social Change | Ages: 12-14

Are you passionate about seeking justice? Do you listen in on current events and happenings in your community, wondering what you can do to make the world a better, more […]

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$150

Comedy Improv | Ages: 12-14

Have you ever seen a comedy improv show or the television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and thought, “That looks like fun!” It is fun, and here is your […]

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$150

Tales From Your Mind | Ages: 9-13

Starting from two characters—one with your own personality and a character of your own invention—you will create the kind of stories you like, whether they are superhero adventures, fantasy, sci-fi, […]

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Visit our SummerWrite page to see the complete list of camps to date.