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2016 Winter Catalog Now Available

Rochester, NY: Writers & Books is now taking registrations for winter workshops running January 2016 through March 2016. Those interested can register by phone (585.473.2590), online (, or in person. Special events and reoccurring events listings can also be found online and in print. The 2016 Winter catalog includes a detailed list of Rochester Reads author Sonja Livingston’s visits around Rochester from March 15th – 19th as well as School Break Youth Camp information.


Adult Workshops:

Creative Writing Workshops: Creative Writing 101, Your Wild & Precious Life (A yoga and writing workshop), Writing Rochester’s History, Writing About Trauma…For more Creative Writing Workshops:


Fiction Workshops: Fiction Bootcamp, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing: Let’s Get Started, First-Person Fiction…For more Fiction Workshops:


Poetry Workshops: Intermediate/Advanced Poetry, Beginner Poetry Intensive…For more Poetry Workshops:


Stage & Screen Workshops: Comedy Improv, Starting Your Screenplay, Writing the Short Film…For more Stage & Screen Workshops:


Reading Seminars: The Stranger/The Mersault Investigation, Reading Magic Realism, Re-imaging To Kill a Mockingbird, Writings of Sonja Livingston: Reading Ghostbread and Queen of the Fall…For more Reading Seminars:


Online Workshops: Beginning Poetry, Intermediate/Advanced Poetry Workshop, Writing love Stories, Intermediate/Advanced Fiction Workshop…For more Online Workshops:


Business of Writing Workshops: Targeting A Literary Agent, An Introduction to Legal Issues for Self-Publishing Authors, How to Self-Publish eBooks and Paperbacks…For more Business of Writing Workshops:




Youth Workshops:

Writers & Books will once again be offering youth camps during both Winter and Spring school breaks featuring workshops on Magic Tree House, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Comedy improv, and learning Spanish. For more information on our Youth programs featured in the 2016 Winter catalog:


Special Events & Reoccurring Events:


Genesee Reading Series (second Tuesday of each month): Featuring Sejal Shah, Monica Gebell, James Whorton, and Sarah Freligh…More information on The Genesee Reading Series:


Reading: Reading & Canned Food Drive, Thursday, January 21s. Fran Morse, former ED of the Dimitri House, reads from her collection of stories, Dimitri House Stories. Also collection of food & clothing for Dimitri House…More information:


Reading & Lecture: Paul Moyer, Thursday, January 28th…More information:


Reading: Jennifer Grotz & Elizabeth Gray, Thursday, February 11th…More information:


80’s Party: Happy Birthday Writers & Books, Saturday, February 20th…More information:


Other reoccurring events, including Open Mic Comedy, The Bertrand Russell Forum, History Reading Salon, and First Friday events can be found here:


Rochester Reads:


Writers & Books has chosen Queen of the Fall by Sonja Livingston as this year’s “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book” pick. Livingston, a Rochester native, will be touring the area March 15th through the 19th. Her stops will include Penfield Library, Valley Manor Senior Living Home, Finger Lakes Community College, as well as ten other locations. For more information and a list of locations:



Questions regarding any and all of the above information can be sent to Chris Fanning at and will be redirected to the appropriate staff member.