Adult Classes

Mini Workshops

One 1.5-Hour Class

Members $22 | General Public $25

Mini Workshops are gentle on-ramps for those who have never taken a writing class before, as well as reinvigoration for more experienced writers. Typical formats include fun, engaging writing prompts and generative exercises that encourage participants to draw on their personal reservoirs of ideas and experiences as inspiration for committing words to page. Minis are 1.5 hours long and take place on Saturdays.

Oct 05

A Nest of Words: What Kind of Writer Bird Are You?

October 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Oct 12

Children’s Book Basics

October 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Oct 19

Telling A Tale with Improv

October 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Oct 26

Generative Poetry Workshop

October 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Evening Workshops

Five 2.5-Hour Classes
plus One 2.5-Hour Participant Reading

Members $225 | General Public $265

Evening workshops encourage intermediate-to-experienced writers to move beyond their comfort zones, experiment with new strategies, embrace critique, and engage with the work of published writers. Workshops focus on a variety of thought-provoking topics and elements of craft. The sixth session is a celebratory reading by participants, open to the public, organized and emceed by the instructor.

Oct 02

Creating Compelling and Diverse Characters

October 2 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oct 15

Writing for an Audience

October 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oct 16

The Fiction Workshop

October 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Oct 22

Writing an Identity Narrative

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Special Topic Workshops

One 2.5-Hour Class

Members $65 | General Public $75

Focused on a specific strategy, concept, element of craft, or practice, special topic workshops offer intermediate-to-experienced writers new or unexpected paths into creating or revising work.

Oct 12

Poetry of Joy, Writing as Gratitude

October 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Oct 18

The Ecstatic Ekphrastic: Craft Workshop

October 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Oct 19

The Art of Astonishment

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nov 16

Make a Scene! Crafting the Building Blocks of a Story

November 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

One-Day Intensives at Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat

One 7-Hour Workshop

Members $145 | General Public $165

(Writing the Self and Nature through the Work of Emily Dickinson is still $121 | $132)

Held in Gleason Lodge at Writers & Books’ 24-acre retreat in Naples, these site-responsive workshops incorporate the property’s natural setting, history of the land, or other elements to inspire new writing. Such interdisciplinary formats as yoga and writing, meditation and writing, and nature walks and writing are frequently offered. A light lunch and refreshments are included.

Sat 28
Oct 05

Poetry As Survival

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Oct 26

Writing from Family Photographs

October 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Nov 09

Convergence: Nature, Writing, and Healing

November 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Master Class

One 3.5-Hour Workshop

Members $80 | General Public $90

MFA-quality master classes take a deep dive into craft, engaging advanced writers with innovative strategies, genres, and/or theory, with the goal of deepening their practice. Teachers review applicants’ work samples in advance.

Oct 26

Novelist Master Class

October 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Nov 09

The Art of Literary Translation

November 9 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Dec 07

A Material Memoir

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm