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January Events

Well December has dissolved in January and somehow 2012 has turned into 2013 (we know, we can’t believe it either). Of course with a new month comes new events – here’s what happening at Writers & Books for the month of January:

Friday, January 4th from 7-9PM – First Friday/Wide Open Mic

Tuesday, January 8th from 2-4PM – Senior Reading Group

Tuesday, January 8th at 7:30PM – Genesee Reading Series

Thursday, January 10th at 7PM – The Bertrand Russell Society: General discussion of the future of the Greater Rochester Russell Set

Wednesday, January 16th from 1:30-3:00PM – Book Discussion at Valley Manor

Wednesday, January 23rd from 7-8:30PM – Monthly Story Slam

Thursday, January 24th from 7-8:30PM – History Reading Group: The Louisiana Purchase

Wednesday, January 30th from 12-1PM – Lunch Break Book Talks

Thursday, January 31st at 7PM – Book Kick Off: Sex and Manifest Destiny: The Urge that Drove Americans Westward by Martin Naparsteck

For more information on any of these events, please visit our website at wab.org, or give us a call at 585-473-2590.

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12 Days of WAB-Mas!

On the first day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 






On the second day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • two Writers & Books journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 









On the third day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • three Writers & Books memberships 
  • two Writers & Books journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 










On the fourth day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • four Writers & Books tote bags 
  • three Writers & Books memberships 
  • two Writers & Books journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 




On the fifth day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • FIVE “IF ALL OF ROCHESTER” BOOKS (this year it’s Into the Beautiful North by Luis Urrea) 
  • four Writers & Books tote bags
  • three Writers & Books memberships
  • two Writers & Books journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 



On the sixth day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • six WAB class gift cards
  • FIVE “IF ALL OF ROCHESTER” BOOKS
  • four WAB tote bags
  • three WAB memberships
  • two WAB journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 




On the seventh day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • seven copies of Pigs in Paris by Steve Huff
  • six WAB class gift cards 
  • FIVE “IF ALL OF ROCHESTER” BOOKS
  • four WAB tote bags
  • three WAB memberships
  • two WAB journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 





On the eighth day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • eight signed copies of Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder
  • seven copies of Pigs in Paris by Steve Huff
  • six WAB class gift cards
  • FIVE “IF ALL OF ROCHESTER” BOOKS
  • four WAB tote bags
  • three WAB memberships
  • two WAB journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 

On the ninth day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • nine signed copies of Hannah Tinti’s The Book Thief
  • eight signed copies of Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder
  • seven copies of Pigs in Paris by Steve Huff
  • six WAB class gift cards 
  • FIVE “IF ALL OF ROCHESTER” BOOKS 
  • four WAB tote bags
  • three WAB memberships
  • two WAB journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 




On the tenth day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • ten copies of Big Pencil Press’ Nevermore
  • nine signed copies of Hannah Tinti’s The Book Thief
  • eight signed copies of Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder
  • seven copies of Pigs in Paris by Steve Huff
  • six WAB class gift cards
  • FIVE “IF ALL OF ROCHESTER” BOOKS
  • four WAB tote bags
  • three WAB memberships
  • two WAB journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 

On the eleventh day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • eleven Gell Prize Winning Books
  • ten copies of Big Pencil Press’ Nevermore
  • nine signed copies of Hannah Tinti’s The Book Thief
  • eight signed copies of Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder
  • seven copies of Pigs in Paris by Steve Huff
  • six WAB class gift cards
  • FIVE “IF ALL OF ROCHESTER” BOOKS
  • four WAB tote bags
  • three WAB memberships
  • two WAB journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert! 


On the twelfth day of WAB-Mas my true love gave to me: 

  • twelve peaceful days of reading
  • eleven Gell Prize Winning Books
  • ten copies of Big Pencil Press’ Nevermore
  • nine signed copies of Hannah Tinti’s The Book Thief
  • eight signed copies of Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder
  • seven copies of Pigs in Paris by Steve Huffs
  • six WAB class gift cards
  • FIVE “IF ALL OF ROCHESTER” BOOKS 
  • four WAB tote bags
  • three WAB memberships
  • two WAB journals 
  • and a signed copy of Home on the Range by Elizabeth Gilbert!

Phew! Are you tired yet? We are! Happy Holidays from Chris, Kristen, and the rest of the WAB team! 

  

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Winter Classes

Often I receive emails from prospective students who want to know what our classes at Writers & Books are really like. Maybe they’re envisioning a typical college classroom scenario with rows of desks and a ratio of two students listening to one sleeping and one surreptitiously surfing the net. Or maybe they have heard stories about some of the nationally known writers’ workshops where your fellow students are famously competitive, even cutthroat.

Neither of those scenarios describes the experience at Writers & Books. While people who sign up for our classes are serious about learning to write, they are not earning a degree here. And if there is one attribute that describes our teachers–besides those qualities that one would assume, such as being highly knowledgeable and experienced—it is that they are nurturing. You come to us yearning to learn, and our teachers respond by helping you find your way in what has to be understood as a difficult field—writing.

As for the rows of desks, we do not have them. Most of our classes form around a table where you can bring a cup of coffee. They are non-competitive, but serious. Does everyone who attends these classes become a professional writer? No, of course not. But I dare say the vast majority become better writers. And it is partly because of this nurturing, elbows-on-the-table atmosphere in which no one should be afraid to ask a question or to present their writing to the group. No one bites.

Read through this catalog. We’ve tried to cover every genre, and I think you’ll find at least one class that interests you. But if you still are unsure, still want to know more about what to expect when you enter the class, drop an email to me, at steveh@wab.org. I don’t bite either.