SummerWrite Open House April 26th

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Rochester, NY: Writers & Books will be hosting our annual SummerWrite Family Open House on April 26th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Come learn about our SummerWrite youth programs, offering innovative week-long classes for students ages 5-18.Class topics range from fiction and poetry to film making and illustration, and also cover exciting book series like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, American Girl, and Lord of the Rings, as well as linking other disciplines—such as cooking, horseback riding, yoga, and more—to the literary arts.


This is a wonderful opportunity for families to meet Writers & Books staff, SummerWrite faculty, tour the facility, participate in fun workshops and have any questions answered for them. We will also be offering a special discount on that day only—$10 off a household membership and $10 off SummerWrite classes!


The schedule for the day will be:

10:15 Storytelling with Marna Rossi

11:00 A Plentiful Plethora of Poetry performance with MJ Iuppa, John Cieslinski, and Sally Bittner Bonn

11:40 Poetry mini-workshop with MJ Iuppa

12:15 Mini writing workshop with W&B instructor


For more information or with questions regarding the Open house or SummerWrite classes, contact Sally Bittner Bonn at 585-473-2590 ext 109



Space still available in April Break Class – Magic Tree House Adventure Club

Rochester, NY – Writers & Books invites your 6 – 8 year old to take part in wonderful magical adventures from the Magic Tree House Series. The camp runs from April 14th to April 18th and is a full day camp (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM). Students should bring a lunch. Full week price – $165 Writers & Books members / $178 General Public. To register for this camps call the Front Desk at 585-473-2590 ext 107.

About the Camp:  Join Annie and Jack as they solve problems, help people, and travel around the world and through time. Through our exploration of the Magic Tree House books, we might visit China, the Swiss Alps, or the Australian Outback! We’ll even find out about the great Houdini and learn magic tricks to amaze our friends. Like Annie and Jack, we will learn about the animals and people in each environment we visit. We will read some of the stories and act out some of the scenes. We’ll also plan a visit to the Eastman House Gardens to get a chance to be one with nature, just like Annie & Jack! You will have a chance to try your hand at art activities and present a story or skit for family and friends on the last day.

Marna-RossiAbout the instructor: Marna Rossi, PhD, is a storyteller and workshop leader who helps young people become more expressive through storytelling, poetry, and drama. In addition to her work at W&B, she has designed and taught programs for the University of Rochester’s Girls’ Science, Math, and Computer Camp; the Urban League Teen Program; the YMCA; and church youth programs. She has performed with the Storytelling Guild of Rochester. Rossi has also taught child and adolescent development at Nazareth College and RIT. She is the recipient of the Writers & Books’ 2011 Big Pencil Award for inspiring the creation and appreciation of literature in young people.




Regional Playwright Festival Winners Announced

Rochester, NY – Geva Theatre Center and Writers & Books are once again collaborating to give regional playwrights the opportunity to bring their works to local audiences. The selected plays for this year’s Regional Playwrights Festival and the dates they will be preformed are:

Monday, April 21, at 7:00 pm in the Nextstage: three short plays and one short full-length:

Homework, by Jeffery Jones

Amour No More, by Nancy Preston Stark

Push the Button, by Johannes Bockwoldt

The Cell, by Maria Brandt


Monday, April 28, at 7:00 in the Nextstage: one full-length play:

Dad’s Aquarium, by Mark Jabaut


Attendence is free, but you must register with the Geva Box Office.


Playwrights were selected through an open competitive process. Each play will be read by professional actors at Geva. The purpose of the festival is to give promising regional writers a chance to hear their work aloud, and thereby gain information they need to rewrite and take the script to another level of development.


Links – Geva Box Office –

On Twitter – @WritersandBooks @Gevatheatre #RegionalPlaywrights #NextStage



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.



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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