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Regional Writers Showcase Winners Announced

Join us on Monday, April 30th, and Monday, May 14th at 7:00 PM for the 2018 Regional Writers’ Showcase, our annual collaboration with Geva Theatre Center.

Monday, April 25, 7:00 pm in the Fielding

Just Like Sisters, by Jay Hanagan

 

Monday, May 2, 7:00 pm in the Fielding
Cora, by Katherine Varga

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How to Interview Funny with Scott Seifritz

Scott Seifritz is the teacher of the upcoming How to Write Funny class at Writers & Books (four Wednesdays starting 4/11, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm). He is one of the founders of Rochester Spoken Word and a writer of humorous plays and short fiction. His play, Denny Killington, Master Detective!, was selected as part of the 2016 Region Writers Showcase and his short play, No Encore, was produced as part of the 2017 Rochester Fringe Festival. We recently caught up with Scott via email to talk about his upcoming class.

W&B: So, Scott, we understand you’ll be teaching a four-week class at Writers & Books called How to Write Funny. How did you choose that name?

SS: How did you get this email address?

W&B: Ha, ha! I guess that’s one way to answer the question.

SS: No, seriously. This is my personal email. I only use it for financial transactions and to sign up for free coupons.

W&B: Our apologies. Since we have it though, perhaps you wouldn’t mind telling us a little about your upcoming class.

SS: Fine. As the class title suggests, it’s called How to Write Funny. It’ll be a combination of group discussion and hands-on practice. We’ll talk about humor in writing, and we’ll write pieces that exemplify the various categories of humor, such as irony, parody, word play… I don’t know; there must be a billion different types.

W&B: Hyperbole?

SS: What’s that?

W&B: Will writers of a specific genre benefit more than others from your class?

SS: This class is non-genre specific. Whether you write fiction, memoir, or Craigslist ads, you’ll benefit from this class. I believe humor is universal, like universal healthcare, and therefore transcends genre (unlike universal healthcare which is kind of limited to healthcare).

W&B: What do you hope your students will take away from the class?

SS: Anything that doesn’t have “Property of Writers & Books” stamped on it. That and how to tickle the funny bones of their readers without ending up in tomorrow’s headlines.

W&B: Anything you’d like to say to prospective students?

SS: I hope you’ll consider taking this class, but above all else, I hope you’ll take this class.

W&B: Thank you, Scott, for taking the time to respond to our questions. If you’d like to take Scott’s class, How to Write Funny, you can register here.

SS: When can I expect my coupons?

 

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Read Scott Seifritz’s instructor bio here

Check out Scott’s upcoming spring workshop, How to Write Funny

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Breathing Fire Teen Poetry Slam 2018

Breathing Fire is a safe space for youth ages 13-19 to explore the riveting power of self-expression through slam poetry/spoken word. Students will be introduced to diverse writing styles, culture, the application of literary elements, writing analysis, and the process of moving their words from page to stage.

 

Schedule:

  • 3/16 – Open Mic and Poetry Slam at Writers & Books (6:00 – 7:30)
  • 3/19 – Adams St. Rec Center (6:00 – 6:45)
  • 3/21 – Edgerton Rec Center (6:30 – 7:15)
  • 3/26 – Adams St. Rec Center (6:00 – 6:45)
  • 3/28 – Edgerton Rec Center (6:30 – 7:15)
  • 4/2 – Adams St. Rec Center (6:00 – 6:45)
  • 4/4 – Edgerton Rec Center (6:30 -7:15)
  • 4/9 – Adams St. Rec Center (6:00 – 6:45)
  • 4/11 – Edgerton Rec Center (6:30 – 7:15)
  • 4/13 – Open Mic and Poetry Slam at Writers and Books (6:00 – 7:30)
  • 4/16 – Adams St Rec Center (6:00 – 7:15)
  • 4/18 – Edgerton Rec Center (6:30 – 7:15)
  • 4/23 – Adams St. Rec Center (6:00 – 6:45)
  • 4/25 – Edgerton St. Rec Center (6:30 – 7:15)
  • 4/30 – Adams St. Rec Center (6:00 – 6:45)
  • 5/2 – Edgerton Rec Center  (6:30 – 7:15)
  • 5/7 – Adams St. Rec Center (6:00 – 6:45)
  • 5/9 – Edgerton Rec Center (6:30 – 7:15)
  • 5/14 – Adams St. Rec Center (6:00 – 6:45)
  • 5/16 – Edgerton Rec Center (6:30 – 7:15)
  • 5/19 – Final Slam at The Avenue Blackbox Theatre

Edgerton Rec Center address: 41 Backus St., Rochester, NY 14608

Adams St Rec Center address: 85 Adams St. Rochester, NY 14608

**Open mic/slam count as two sessions.

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Full List of SummerWrite 2018 Camps!

It may not feel like it, but summer is just around the corner, and summer at Writers & Books equals SummerWrite! This year we have even more youth camps for your young writer or reader. Classics like 90-Second Newbery and Bienvenidos! Fun with Spanish return. New camps on social justice, science fiction (Get Wired in the Mosh Pit: Cyberpunk Workshop!) and world building. 

Registration will officially open very soon, but take a look at all the upcoming camps below and start planning your summer at Writers & Books!

 

 

WEEK ONE: June 25-29

Ages 8-11 – MORNINGS – Meet the Magic Dragon

Ages 8-11 – AFTERNOONS – Percy Jackson’s Reader’s Theatre

Ages 9-12 – ALL DAY – Produce a 90-Second Newbery Film

Ages 12-14 – ALL DAY – Who Will Tell Your Story? Is Anybody Listening?

Ages 13-16 – ALL DAY – Dragons, Dice & Roleplaying

 

WEEK TWO A: July 2 & 3

Ages 7-9 – ALL DAY – Field Guide to Sprites, Goblins…part one

Ages 8-11 – ALL DAY – Flash Fiction

Ages 12-14 – ALL DAY – Afro-Futurisim: Black Panther Comes to You

 

WEEK TWO B: July 5 & 6

Ages 7-9 – ALL DAY – Field Guide to Sprites, Goblins…part two

Ages 8-11 – ALL DAY – Flash NonFiction

Ages 12-14 – ALL DAY – Afro-Futurisim: Black Panther Comes to You

 

WEEK THREE: July 9-13

Ages 5-7 – MORNINGS – Fairytales Around the World

Ages 5-7 – AFTERNOONS – Rebels, Leaders, & Innovators

Ages 8-11 – MORNINGS – Supernatural Shakespeare

Ages 8-11 – AFTERNOONS – Heroes of Social Justice

Ages 10-13 – AFTERNOONS – Deaf Lens: A Filmmaking Workshop (two weeks)

Ages 10-13 – ALL DAY – Your Incredible Illustrated Story

Ages 9-12 – ALL DAY – Where’s Walden?

Ages 13-16 – ALL DAY – Outdoor Writers

Ages 12-15 – MORNINGS – Novel Tools

Ages 12-15 – AFTERNOONS – Live from Writers & Books: Comedy Writing

Ages 14 & Up – MORNINGS – Writing a YA Play

Ages 14 & Up – AFTERNOONS – Writing Movies

 

WEEK FOUR: July 16-20

Ages 5-7 – MORNINGS – Bienvenidos! Fun with Spanish

Ages 5-7 – AFTERNOONS – “Little House” Pioneers

Ages 8-11 – MORNINGS – My Name in Print

Ages 8-11 – AFTERNOONS – Fantastic Beasts 101

Ages 10-13 – AFTERNOONS – Deaf Lens: A Filmmaking Workshop (2nd week)

Ages 9-12 – ALL DAY – Percy Jackson’s Magic Pen

Ages 11 & Up – ALL DAY – My Side of the Mountain

Ages Teen– ALL DAY – Shakespeare’s Stage

Ages 14 & Up – MORNINGS – Tiny Tales: Flash Fiction

Ages 14 & Up – AFTERNOONS – Dark and Stormy Night

 

WEEK FIVE: July 23-27

Ages 8-13 – ALL DAY – Hogwarts Academy

Ages 14 & Up – ALL DAY – Dumbledore’s Army

 

WEEK SIX: July 30-August 3

Ages 5-7 – MORNINGS – Mo Willems

Ages 5-7 – AFTERNOONS – Magic Treehouse Adventure Club

Ages 8-11 – ALL DAY – Riding & Writing

Ages 9-13 – MORNINGS – Writers & Cooks: Menus for Every Meal

Ages 9-13 – AFTERNOONS – Writers & Cooks: Around the World

Ages 10-13 – MORNINGS – Write a Short Play!

Ages 10-13 – AFTERNOONS – Writing a Fiction Series

Ages 11-13 – MORNINGS – Comedy Improv

Ages 12-14 – AFTERNOONS – Instagram Pics & Poems

Ages Teen – ALL DAY  –Songwriter’s Workshop

Ages 14 & Up – MORNINGS – Writing the Unexpected

Ages 14 & Up – AFTERNOONS – Teen Comedy Improv

 

WEEK SEVEN: August 6-10

Ages 7-9 – ALL DAY – Telling Tales

Ages 8-11 – MORNINGS – Young Storytellers

Ages 8-11 – AFTERNOONS – Magnus Chase Norse Myth Readers’ Theatre

Ages 8-11 – AFTERNOONS – Secret Lives of Animals

Ages 8-11 – ALL DAY – Poetry, Pottery, & Paper

Ages 12-14 – MORNINGS – World Building

Ages 11-14 – AFTERNOONS – A Summer of Unfortunate Events

Ages 14 & Up – ALL DAY – Create a Modern Day Radio Drama

Ages 14 & Up – MORNINGS – Small Truths: Flash Nonfiction

Ages Teen – AFTERNOONS – Write to Act

Ages 14 & Up – AFTERNOONS – Citizens: Race, Identity, & Democracy

 

WEEK EIGHT: August 13-17

Ages 7-9 – MORNINGS – Find a Mystery

Ages 7-9 – AFTERNOONS – Magic Tree House: Merlin Mission Adventure

Ages 8-11 – MORNINGS – Wordplay Workshop

Ages 6-11 – AFTERNOONS – Writing with Friends

Ages 8-11 – AFTERNOONS – Hike & Write

Ages 12-14 – ALL DAY – Writing with Light

Ages 12-14 – ALL DAY – I Wonder: Exploring Eternal Questions

Ages 14 & Up – MORNINGS – Best Friends and Worst Enemies

Ages Teen – AFTERNOONS – We Breathe Fire: Poetry Slam

Ages 14 & Up – AFTERNOONS – Write for Right: A Social Justice Workshop

 

WEEK NINE: August 20-24

Ages 8-11 – MORNINGS – My Idea Book

Ages 8-11 – AFTERNOONS – Building Fantastical Worlds

Ages 9-12 – ALL DAY – Build-a-Book

Ages 12-14 – AFTERNOONS – Fairytale Heroines

Ages Teen – MORNINGS – Essay Writing is No Big Deal

Ages 14 & Up – AFTERNOONS – Get Wired in the Mosh Pit: Cyberpunk Workshop

Ages 13-16 – ALL DAY – Produce a 90-Second Newbery Film

Ages Teen – ALL DAY – Pictures, Poses, & People

 

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Rochester Reads 2018: A Conversation with Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande

Karen vanMeenen/Writers & Books: You didn’t have many opportunities to read for pleasure as a child. In your memoir The Distance Between Us, you mention a couple of books you treasure. Can you say more about what it was like for you when you did gain more access to books, such as what you read?

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