Enrollment for February workshops is now open!
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, perhaps it’s time to rekindle a love for writing and reading–or nurture a love that isn’t going anywhere!
Let’s look at what’s coming up this month at Writers & Books:
*Online: Where Writing and Motherhood Meet – Instructor: Sally Bittner Bonn
Start Date – February 1st
Motherhood can be joyful, lonely, hysterically funny, maddening, heartbreaking, beautiful, and of course exhausting! Join other moms from near and far as you share your stories of motherhood. This supportive online forum will allow busy mothers to fit their writing time into their week at any hour of day or night!
Stand-Up Comedy – Instructor: Carol Roberts
Start Date – February 3rd Time – 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Stand-up comedy is the art of writing jokes blended with the art of performing them. In this 6-week supportive experiential workshop, students will learn the basics of comedy writing and performing. Students will develop original material outside of class and perform each week for one another in a supportive atmosphere.
Reading Seminar: Langston Hughes – Instructor: David Sanders
Start Date – February 3rd Time – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
This short seminar will offer a representative sampling of Hughes’s verse, and participants will be encouraged to propose their own favorites for discussion. No prior knowledge of Hughes or special expertise in reading poems is required.
Intermediate/Advanced Fiction Workshop – Instructor: Matt Kotula
Start Date – February 5th Time – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
A fiction workshop designed for writers looking to push their short, flash, or long form fiction to the next level.
Your Wild and Precious Life – Instructor: Marijana Ababovic
Start Date – February 7th Time – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
This yoga and personal writing workshop will help you explore your personal goals and create a plan for the new year. The workshop includes guided personal writing, gentle yoga, and meditation, creating an environment of quietness to help you focus on what is really important to you.
Beginning Poetry – Instructor: Charles Cote
Start Date – February 9th Time – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
In this Poetry Workshop and Readshop, students will read a number of contemporary poems, work on writing and revising their own poetry, and explore and discuss essays by renowned poets on the “what” and “how” of poetry—image, metaphor, sound, rhythm—so that they might become more comfortable with the reading and writing of poetry. This class is geared to those who have not written much poetry, or are now eager to return to writing poetry after some time away from writing.
Reading Seminar: The Age of Miracles – Instructor: Karen vanMeenen
Start Date – February 10th Time – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Join “If All Rochester Reads the Same Book…” coordinator and RIT instructor Karen vanMeenen for a 3-week in-depth discussion of this year’s program selection The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker in advance of her visit to Rochester.
Writing from (and with) Photographs – Instructor: Louise Wareham Leonard
Start Date – February 14th Time – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
In this 2-day workshop we will explore using photographs in our writing, with readings about this technique by W.G. Sebald, Susan Sontag, and James Woods, among others. We will consider the power of the photograph and how it is thought of in other cultures. A brief field trip will depend on time and weather.
It’s Valentine’s Day: Do You Feel Like Being Easy? Comedy Improve Workshop – Instructor: Carol Roberts
Start Date – February 14th Time – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Do you love to do comedy improv? Or would you love to try comedy improv? What better day than Valentine’s Day to treat yourself to this easy workshop where we play easy comedy improv games. Comedy improv games, like those seen on the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” are the art of getting suggestions from the audience and spontaneously plugging them into pre-existing skits and games.
Writing the Feature…How Would Billy Wilder Do It? – Instructor: Johannes Bockwoldt
Start Date – February 19th Time – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The goal of this class is a better understanding of dramatic and screenplay structure and the completion of a first act of a feature screenplay. The work of the American director Billy Wilder will be used as a model for sound classic story structure. Wilder immigrated to the US from Berlin in the 1930s and who had a long and productive career spanning six decades, excelled at comedy and drama alike, and his scripts are enduring examples of the craft of storytelling.
Write Your 10-minute Play – Instructor: Paula Marchese
Start Date – February 21st Time – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Explore and experiment with this short dramatic form. From Chekov to Mamet, the one-act (short and longer) remains a challenging and powerful way to tell a story. Learn dramatic structure, internal/external conflict, and the 3-act structure employed in all good stories, packed into an intense time and space.
Writing & Revising for Clarity – Instructor: Arseniy Gutnik
Start Date – February 21th Time – 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Do you want to communicate your thoughts effectively in writing? This workshop is designed to help you practice defining your ideas organizing content, and making productive revisions, by examining writing as a process with distinct, manageable components. We will begin with brainstorming and proceed to rough draft writing and revision, introducing useful techniques for each step through mini-lessons, followed by writing time and discussion.
Beginning Story Writing – Instructor: Steve Huff
Start Date – February 24th Time – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
You’ve always wanted to write fiction but have not known where to begin. This class will examine the basic principles and techniques of fiction that everyone new to fiction writing needs to know: point-of-view, dialogue, plotting, and character development.
Writing the Short Screenplay – Instructor: Johannes Bockwoldt
Start Date – February 24th Time – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Writing the Short Screenplay is for those who always wanted to turn their ideas into a short film screenplay and for those who want to learn about the basics of screenwriting. At the end of the class you will have written a complete screenplay for a 10-15 minute film and you will have been thoroughly introduced to the fundamentals of screenwriting.