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The Spring Catalog Is Here!

Spring Catalog Now Available


Rochester, NY: The Spring 2014 course catalog is now available both electronically and in print. Catalogs have been distributed to libraries, shops & cafés in the Rochester area.

Locations include, but are not limited to:

  • Spot Coffee
  • Equal Grounds
  • The Village Gate
  • Starry Nites Café
  • Coffee Connection
  • Rochester college libraries

A PDF of the catalog is available at


The catalog is packed with courses on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, business writing, reading seminars and more.


Highlights from the Spring 2014 Catalog:

  • The return of Writing Aerobics! – 7 separate Saturdays, April – May. Impromptu writing exercises lead by different Writers & Books teaching artists.
  • Getting Started in Children’s Books, Part 1 & 2 – 2 Saturdays, May 31 & June 7. Sign up for both, or one or the other. Workshop covers everything from unique challenges and opportunities of the field to the publishing process, agents and more.
  • Introduction to Form Poetry – 4 Tuesdays, June 3 – June 24. Create your own pantoum, rondel or villanelle. Read famous works as a class and write your own poetry.
  • Reading Seminar: Love in the Time of Cholera – 8 Wednesdays, April 30 – June 18. Examine the themes of love, aging and death as well as the author’s use of magic realism within the text.


For more information on the Spring catalog or on special & reoccurring events held at Writers & Books between April and June contact the Front Desk at (585) 473-2590 ext 107.



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Chocolate & Peanut Butter

There’s an ad from when I was a child that sometimes still runs in my head: Two great tastes that taste great together.  Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

That’s what deciding to create a yoga and writing workshop felt like to me. Marijana and I met in yoga teacher training at Open Sky Yoga in 2009.  We have different backgrounds and personalities, and have enjoyed getting to know each other over the last five years.  As we talked, we were inspired to combine our passion for both yoga and creativity/the written word.

I love the way I feel after a yoga class—particularly one with some restorative poses and meditation—as though I had settled back into my bones again.  More at ease.  Settled, blissed out, quiet, content.  And I craved the way I felt after a really good writing class or session with my writing group: inspired, contemplative, energized, thoughtful, peaceful.

That peacefulness, in either kind of class, does not last long.  Often after yoga class, everyone starts talking.  There’s a buzz; you’re putting the props back, your shoes back on, and even though you are in a better and different place than when you came, the special moment and mood inevitably dissipates.  We lose the chance to explore it. Writing & Yoga will capture that creative-rich time and use that savasana rest, that asana vigor, and move our bodies from yoga directly into writing, contemplation, journaling.

We will meet on Sunday, April 6, 2014, to tune up, relax, write, and set writing intentions for the rest of the spring.  This will be a day to meet like-minded people, to eat a delicious lunch and to explore the lovely grounds of Writers & Books’ Gell Center in Naples, NY.  Oh, and we might well have chocolate (and peanut butter) cups for you.

To learn more, or sign up for this retreat, click here.

This blog post was written by Sejal Shah. Sejal, along with teaching artist Marijana Ababovic, will be running a yoga and writing retreat at The Gell Center on April 6, 2014. 

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Albert Abonado joins W&B staff as Director of Adult Programming

New Director of Adult Education Announced


Rochester, NY – We are happy to welcome Albert Abonado to the Writers & Books staff as our new Director of Adult Education.


After graduating from SUNY Geneseo, Abonado received his MFA in Creative Writing and Literature through Bennington College in Vermont. He has returned to Rochester as an active participant in the Arts community.


Abonado has served as the Associate Director of Marketing and Production for BOA Editions. After that he began working as the Editor of The Bakery, an online literary journal that focuses on publishing the work of emerging and established voices.


He is the author of several works of poetry including “Ghost in the Machine” Pleiades Vol. 33, No. 2, “Grandfather as a Boy Beneath the Floor” Memorious Spring 2012, and “The Morning Table,” New Ohio Review 10, Fall 2011. He has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


As Director of Adult Education, Abonado is excited about the opportunity to work with the talented faculty and staff at Writers & books. He believes Rochester is a wellspring of creative energy and hopes to work with the wealth of creative talent in the area through collaborative projects and innovative programming.


To reach Albert Abonado e-mail him at or call his extension at 585-473-2590 ext 101.



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Interview with Eowyn Ivey

Eowyn Ivey interview Feb 2014 (The Snow Child) by Pagebypage on Mixcloud

We’re all getting ready to meet If All of Rochester Read the Same Book author Eowyn Ivey. Journalist and W&B instructor Saby Reyes-Kulkarni talked to Eowyn on the Page by Page Podcast about her writing process, The Snow Child, life in Alaska, and her next book. Take a listen!

Eowyn Ivey will be in Rochester next week, March 19 – 21, 2014. Calendar of events and appearances here.

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Writing & Yoga Retreat at The Gell Center



Rochester, NY: Sejal Shah (creative writing teacher at U of R) and Marijana Ababovic (registered yoga instructor) are happy to bring back their Relax Into Writing: A Writing & Yoga retreat in the Finger Lakes workshop. This one-day class will be on Sunday, April 6th from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Gell Center. Writers & Books members price is $95, General Public price is $105.00. Lunch is provided (vegan option available)

Register early. The retreat is limited to 16 people and fills quickly. Participants must bring a yoga mat, a notebook, pens, laptop if you like, snacks. Optional: block and blanket if you have them. All levels welcome and encouraged.


Marijana-300x225Excerpt from description:

“Join us for a day filled with discovery and creativity. Discover the quietness of breath, the fluidity of your body, the power of your writing, Create a solid and subtle foundation for your writing through toga poses, mindful breathing practice, and meditation.”


For more information visit