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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.

Return to this page in February – March 2024 for conference details and registration.


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

Writing for Connection & Depth All-Genre Workshop

This is an in-person, two-session workshop held at Writers & Books, March 16 and March 23, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Nina Gaby and Jessica Pavia Carl Rogers, “father” of […]

$80.00
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Writing for Connection & Depth All-Genre Workshop

This is an in-person, two-session workshop held at Writers & Books, March 16 and March 23, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Nina Gaby and Jessica Pavia Carl Rogers, “father” of […]

$80
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Blues Poetry

An In-Person Master Class with Doug Curry Participants will deepen their knowledge of the literary, aural, and oral legacy of the blues by engaging with Doug Curry’s and other practitioners' […]

$40.00
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Readings: Visiting Authors Series

Jai Chakrabarti, A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness

Jai Chakrabarti will be in conversation with Rachel Hall. In 15 masterful stories, Chakrabarti explores what it means to cultivate a family today, across borders, religions, and race. Described by […]

Free – $20.00
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Saida Agostini, let the dead in

Called by Jan Beatty “courageous poems of blooming and brutality, of unrelenting voice and witness,” Saida Agostini’s first full-length collection is an exploration of the mythologies that seek to subjugate […]

Free – $20.00
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Nghiem Tran, We’re Safe When We’re Alone

7:00 - 8:00 PM, March 28 Nghiem Tran will be in conversation with novelist Alexandra Chang. Son is real. Son was saved from a life he cannot remember. Son is […]

Free – $20.00
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Ruth Danon, Turn Up the Heat

Ruth Danon will be in conversation with Alison Meyers. Ruth Danon hates and fears the cold in all its forms – literal, metaphorical, external, internal. In her new collection of […]

Free – $20.00
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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

Erica Cavanagh, Michael Dumanis, Rachel Galvin, Ilya Kaminsky & Sejal Shah ASL interpretation provided Join us for a one-of-a-kind event showcasing five literary luminaries, Brighton High School alumni all, when […]

Free – $20.00
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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 […]

Free – $20.00
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Artist in Residence

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Readings: Literary Partners

Gail Hosking, Adieu

Adieu, a collection of poems, is a moving and powerful exploration of grief, loss, and letting go as an inevitable part of life, growth, and claiming one’s future. A closely […]

Free – $20.00
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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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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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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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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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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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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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