Space Rentals

740 University Ave Rentals

Functional, flexible spaces. Literary ambiance.  

Whether you’re looking to hold a meeting, host a book launch, lead a play rehearsal, or deliver an event entirely your own, Writers & Books has a space for you in the heart of Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts. 

Contact us about hosting your special event.

Chris Fanning, Director of Communications & Special Events: chrisf@wab.org or 585.473.2590 ext 104.

We offer:

Fully accessible building

Variety of options for room set-up

Access to our bookstore

Off-street parking

Galley kitchen 

Flexible rental times  

Free wifi and access to projector system

We host:

Group meetings

Play read-throughs and rehearsals

Book launches

Discussion groups

Receptions

And more

Spaces:

Classroom: Our three classrooms are ideal for group meetings and small gatherings. We provide tables, chairs, and high tops for flexible set-up.  

Atrium: Glass-enclosed on three sides, with a vaulted ceiling, this intimate room accommodates 30 standing or 20 seated. Tables, chairs, and high tops are provided as needed. This space is available outside of regular business hours.


Theater: Our intimate theater is used for everything from readings, to read-throughs, performances, and presentations. The stage area is roughly 16' by 16'; maximum capacity is 70. Tech includes:

    • Theater lights: 8 controllable PAR lights (two trees of 4)
    • Dimmable track lighting above stage
    • Sound system
    • 2 microphones
    • 2 speakers
    • 8-channel mixer
    • Large pull-down screen

Rates:

  Atrium (Non-Business Hours) Theatre Classroom
Two Hours $150 $150 $100
Half-Day (4 Hours) $250 $250 $175
Full-Day (8 Hours) $450 $450 $300

   

Ask about renting multiple spaces for your event !

NOTE* The above rates apply during regular business hours. A $50/hour fee for staff coverage is added for rentals during non-business hours.

Nonprofit rate: 25% Discount

Ask about renting multiple spaces for your event !

NOTE* The above rates apply during regular business hours. A $50/hour fee for staff coverage is added for rentals during non-business hours.

Nonprofit rate: 25% Discount

Reserve Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat

Find creative solitude and opportunities for renewal and growth at Gell, an inspirational setting for writers to produce new work, visual artists to paint en plein air, and for groups to gather. Two structures, Gell House and Gleason Lodge, provide space for writers' residences, intimate readings, corporate retreats, and private functions.

For more information about Gell, and to book your next rental contact Kathy Pottetti at (585) 473-2690 x103 or email kathyp@wab.org.