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Upcoming at Writers & Books


Poets for Ukraine Benefit Reading

Join us in raising money to provide humanitarian aid and medical relief to injured Ukrainians. Listen in as local poets read selections from Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine, […]

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$10 – $25

Read & Write with Wendy Call: Collage and Commentary in Deborah Miranda’s Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir

Virtual Event with Wendy Call In this masterful memoir, poet/scholar/activist Deborah Miranda incorporates family photographs, historical documents, actual and invented elementary school assignments, oral history, journal entries, lyric essays, poetry, […]

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$40

Memoir Workshop | Steve Majors

Virtual Event with Steve Majors Every family has secrets. Who gets to decide which stories are shared? Memoir writers often struggle with telling authentic stories while at the same time […]

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$40

Reyna Grande: A Ballad of Love and Glory | Virtual Event

Reyna Grande will be in conversation with María Amparo Escandón. A Long Petal of the Sea meets Cold Mountain in this sweeping historical saga following a Mexican army nurse and […]

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– $20

Peer Workshop on “Collage and Commentary in Deborah Miranda’s Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir”

Virtual Event Facilitated by Alison Meyers, Bring your rough (or polished!) draft in any genre to a free-flowing discussion inspired by Wendy Call's master class on Deborah Miranda’s Bad Indians: […]

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Tuhin Das: Exile Poems: In the Labyrinth of Homesickness

Tuhin Das will be in conversation with Tony Leuzzi. Tuhin Das’s Exile Poems: In the Labyrinth of Homesickness, translated from Bengali by Arunava Sinha, comprises 65 poems written in Pittsburgh, […]

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– $20

Memoir Workshop: Writing Scenes

In person class with Gail Hosking Memoir is not a report or a resume--readers want good sentences, the author’s retrospective wisdom, and vivid, detailed scenes that are anchored in place […]

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$40

Fiction Workshop: Muddling the Middle

Virtual Event with Melanie Conroy-Goldman Rising action. Mounting stakes. Reversals. Unmaskings. When a novel or a story doesn’t arrive or reach a powerful (and in some measure satisfying) conclusion, the […]

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$40

Poetry Workshop: Breathing Life into Our Writing

Virtual Event with Rage Hezekiah. In this generative workshop, we'll explore the power of images in contemporary writing. Guided by discussions of craft and examples from notable poems and essays, […]

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$40

Read & Write with James Whorton, Jr. | Dead Souls, by Nikolai Gogol

Virtual Event with James Whorton, Jr. For years I avoided Nikolai Gogol's 1842 novel Dead Souls because, knowing nothing but the title, I assumed it would be depressing and grim. […]

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$40

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

Virtual Event Facilitated by Alison Meyers 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 […]

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

Virtual class with Said Shaiye 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 […]

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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

Virtual class with Angelique Stevens 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 […]

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$40

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


Percy Jackson’s Magic Pen | Ages: 8-12

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 […]

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$300

Dragons, Dice, & Roleplaying | Ages: Teen

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, […]

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$300

The Art of Storytelling, Myths & Motifs | Ages: 12-14

The Epic of Gilgamesh “Tell me a tale that always was. Read me a story that I can be in...Turn me around so that I can see everything I was […]

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$150

Native Peoples: Magic Tree House Adventure | Ages: 6-8

In this week-long camp we’ll immerse ourselves in the cultures of indigenous peoples from many lands while we explore favorite Magic Tree House tales Buffalo Before Breakfast, Polar Bears Past […]

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$150

Write a Short Play | Ages: 12-14

Do you love theatre? Do you have a big imagination? Have you always wished you could see the characters and stories in your head come to life in front of […]

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$150

Stories to Grow On | Ages: 6-8

Get to know YOU through the great world of books. We’ll read stories as a group, create art and games, venture out into the museum for special activities, and learn […]

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$150

Building Fantastical Worlds | Ages: 8-11

Have you ever wondered what it’s like living in a magical world, like that of Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, or The Borrowers? How do we leave everyday routines and […]

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$150

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 […]

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$150

Novel Tools | Ages: 12-14

Whether you aspire to write fantasy, science fiction, historical, or contemporary realist novels, you’ll want to develop the skills and discover the tools that successful fiction writers use to bring […]

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$150

Writers & Illustrators | Ages: 10-13

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

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Hogwarts Express | Ages: 8-10

Immerse yourself in Harry Potter’s world! This workshop is for young wizards and witches who haven’t yet read the full series. With dramatic read-alouds, creative projects, and visits from special […]

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$150

Writing Movies | Ages: Teen

All the best stuff happens before the cameras roll! In this camp we’ll talk about what makes screenplays work and learn basic techniques by focusing on structure, story, characters, dialogue, […]

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$150

Secrets of Trees | Ages: 6-8

Trees are central to our existence—providing the very air we breathe, and setting the backdrop for many of our favorite stories. This exciting new camp incorporates  both science and fantasy. […]

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$150

Hogwarts Academy | Ages: 8-14

Immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter as all of Writers & Books turns into Hogwarts! Throughout the week, students will attend classes such as Herbology, Care of Magical […]

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$385

Telling Tales | Ages: 7-9

In this exciting camp, a collaboration between Writers & Books and the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery, you’ll create your own characters and explore your own story ideas. […]

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