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February 2020

Writing Your Memoirs: The Surprise Story of Your Life

February 26 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until March 4, 2020

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$265

Member price:$225 Instructor: Anais Salibian Writing does more than put down what you already know; it helps you discover new meanings. If you're interested in writing about your life but don't know where to start, this is the class for you. We'll discuss different forms of memoir and do writing exercises that will help you find the stories inside the flow of events in your life. Writing does more than put down what you already know; it helps you discover…

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Write On for Homeschoolers

February 26 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 25, 2020

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$206

Member price: $182 Wednesdays, January 8 - March 25 (no class Feb. 19) Instructor: Caren Barth Ages 13+ We live to create at Write On. Students develop their own stories and poems. Weekly workshops focus on constructive, encouraging feedback and analysis. Classes include writing prompts or games, time to work on projects, and skill-building as needed. Content will be student-directed, so expect lots of creativity!

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Write Your First (or Next) Novel

February 26 @ 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until April 1, 2020

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$265 Sold out

Member price:$225 Deadline to Register: February 18, 11:59 pm Instructor: Alex Sanchez You’ve always wanted to write a novel, but aren’t sure how. Or maybe you tried and got bogged down, or lost steam, or don’t know what to do next. Have no fear! Through class discussions and readings, we’ll break down the novel-writing process into steps to help you work through the roadblocks holding you back. You’ll develop your own novel idea or manuscript through writing exercises and revision…

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History Reading Salon

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on October 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on December 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on January 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on February 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on March 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Free and Open to the Public Explore the big issues and personalities of history. The History Reading Group focuses on one topic each month and invites attendees to bring in books, articles, pictures, or experiential knowledge to share. Topics have ranged from the Chicago Fire of 1871, to Martin Luther, to the Romanovs, to the Opium Wars. Join the conversation every first Thursday of the month. January 23: U.S. Eugenics, 1870-1950 February 27: The Conquests of Alexander the Great March…

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Writers ROC!

February 28 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:45 pm on Friday, repeating until May 15, 2020

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  Free and open to the public Ages 10-12 In this young writers group you’ll do some new writing, share your work, and hone your skills. This will be a supportive community mentored by MCC creative writing major Misty Yarnall, who will present writing prompts, offer tips for revising and editing, and most of all create space for young writers to gather!

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Seeing Again: Digging Deeper for Revision

February 29 @ 10:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$75

Member price:$65 Deadline to register: February 24, 11:59 pm Instructor: Anais Salibian Once you have an initial draft, editing is not the next step. Discovering a new vision is. "Beneath the external justifications for writing are secret internal motivations, and beneath these are subconscious impulses and great, pulsing mysteries we sense but cannot say. These appear in our writing's inner story...that current of emotion and thought that moves in and through the plot." (Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, Living Revision) In this…

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CANCELED: Teen Writers Circle

February 29 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on January 25, 2020 at 10:30 am

One event on February 8, 2020 at 10:30 am

One event on February 29, 2020 at 10:30 am

One event on March 14, 2020 at 10:30 am

One event on March 28, 2020 at 10:30 am

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Member price: $144 Saturdays, January 11, 25, February 8, 29, March 14, 28 Instructor: TBD Ages 13+ Avid and accomplished teen writers meet to explore new approaches to their craft, give one another feedback under the guidance of published writers, and plot world domination, or at least the future domination of the publishing industry! Using examples, prompts, and optional outside assignments, participants explore literary genres, techniques, and approaches, and receive encouraging, strategic feedback on whatever works-in-progress are underway. We’ll set…

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Writing the Future

February 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Member price: $22 Instructor: Alison Lyke What breakout technology and trends will alter the future’s societal landscape?  It’s up to you, a speculative and science fiction writer, to propose the answer to this question. In this workshop, we’ll explore some of history’s most intriguing pieces of postulate science fiction, including works by Margret Atwood and Kurt Vonnegut. Employing articles from current science, tech, and social magazines as a jumping-off point, you’ll use creative writing to take an emerging idea to…

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March 2020

Wide Open Mic

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until April 1, 2020

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free and Open to the Public Whether you have a polished piece or a rough work-in-progress, come and share your writing with a supportive community of writers. We begin with a featured reader and then open the mic to all. 7pm First Wednesdays. March 4 featured reader: Jennifer Maloney Jennifer Maloney has lived in Rochester since 1985. She writes from a place of addiction and recovery; bone-deep knowledge of poverty; the wilds of mental illness; and with gratitude for the…

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The Book Thieves: Young Professionals Book Club

March 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until November 7, 2019

One event on February 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

First Thursday of the Month Free and Open to the Public February 6: Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden March 5: Severance by Ling Ma

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Literary Partners: Regina Buttner & Ted Obourn

March 5 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Regina Buttner & Ted Obourn Free & open to the public Regina Butler has earned degrees in both landscape architecture and nursing, but it was Wendy Low’s “Time To Write” class at Writers & Books in 2014 that helped her to establish a daily writing habit that she has stuck with ever since. Her short fiction has appeared in Rochester Parent Magazine, Vine Leaves Journal, and Stone Canoe. Her debut novel, Absolution, will be published by Spark Press in October…

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First Fridays

March 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until March 6, 2020

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free and open to the Public   Admire Annalisa Barron's progressive installation, “Place Projectors,” in our back atrium and be inspired to share your sense of place story. Come play with found text and crafts materials to create your own 6” x 6” erasure poem. Browse new arrivals and staff picks (at a 15% discount) in our bookstore, and check out our First Friday Mystery Book activity for surprises and savings

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Deepening Your Expression with a Journal

March 7 @ 10:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$75

Member price:$65 Deadline to Register: February 28, 11:59 pm Instructor: Nancy Steinkamp What are we learning from our life journey? Is there wisdom lying dormant that is tender, humorous, or aching to be expressed so that it can connect with another person's experience? In this class you will review your past writing through  a new reflective lens to reveal universal themes and deepen your unfolding story. Using special journaling techniques, you will discover the meaning behind your writing and determine…

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Veteran’s Writing Group

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until March 7, 2020

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free and open to the public First Saturday of the month, 10am - 1pm

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Poetry: Image and Sentence

March 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until April 15, 2020

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$265

Member price:$225 Deadline to Register: March 4, 11:59 pm Instructor: David Ruekberg Ezra Pound defined image as “that which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time.” It’s the thing that sparks a moment of epiphany, that makes us go “Ah!” And yet poems are made of sentences, or parts of sentences, one damn word after another. In this class, we’ll look at how words, lines, and sentences prepare the way for moments of increased understanding. Through…

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Literary Partners: CaTyra Polland & Jesse Cruz

March 11 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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CaTyra Polland & Jesse Cruz Free & open to the public Author, editor, entrepreneur, and speaker CaTyra Polland’s debut book, Professionalism What’s That?, is available at Amazon as a paperback or e-book. CaTyra recently published a journal tailored to Black women and is working on her first poetry collection. A community volunteer serving on the boards of several Rochester nonprofits, her passions include promoting and celebrating Black excellence and encouraging youth to read and write. Author Jesse A. Cruz lives in upstate New York with…

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Literary Partners: Jennifer Hudak & David DeGraff

March 12 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Jennifer Hudak & David DeGraff Free & open to the public Jennifer Hudak is a speculative fiction writer whose stories have appeared both online and off in such places as PodCastle and  Daily Science Fiction and the anthology Endless Apocalypse. Originally from Boston, she now lives with her family in Upstate New York, where, in addition to writing, she teaches yoga, knits tiny pocket-sized animals, and misses the ocean. Visit jenniferhudakwrites.com David DeGraff is an astronomer, science fiction writer, and Professor of Astronomy at Alfred University. In addition…

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Show, Don’t Tell—But How?

March 14 @ 10:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$75

Member price:$65 Deadline to register: March 6, 11:59 pm Instructor: Alex Sanchez You’ve probably been told at least once, “show, don’t tell!” It’s one of the fundamental rules of writing, but how exactly can we do it? Through class discussions, reading examples, and writing exercises, we’ll take a deep dive into learning the specific tools and techniques used by great writers and apply them to our own projects. (And we’ll also learn when it’s okay to tell.) Recommended Bibliography: The…

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Literary Partners: Lori Bruton & Seema Khaneja 

March 18 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Lori Bruton & Seema Khaneja  Free & open to the public Lori Bruton is a passionate, faith-filled, fun-loving entrepreneur who shares her stories and adventures about love, travel, faith, fun, writing, essential oils, wellness, and living the Oola Lifestyle creating balance in the key areas of your life. Her book, Hole To Whole: Journey To Hope And Transformation, was published in December 2019. She is the mother of two grown sons and lives in Western New York.  Seema Khaneja is the author of Physician,…

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Literary Partners: Claudia Stanek & Patricia Roth Schwartz

March 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Claudia Stanek & Patricia Roth Schwartz Free & open to the public Claudia M. Stanek grew up in the blur of murmurs and silences of Polish-accented English while living on the border of Polish-Catholic steel town Depew and German-Lutheran rural Lancaster in Western New York State. Her Language You Refuse to Learn was the 2013 co-winner of the Bright Hill Press chapbook contest, Her poems have appeared in such magazines as Dime Show Review, Inscape, Modern Poetry Quarterly, and Ithaca Lit, and in the anthologies Cinquainicity, Community Voices, and Le Mot Juste. She…

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Talk Pretty to Me: Writing Dialogue

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$75

Member price:$65 Deadline to Register: March 13, 11:59 pm Instructor: Brian Wood Elmore Leonard once said, “Think of what you skip reading a novel: thick paragraphs of prose you can see have too many words in them…. I’ll bet you don’t skip dialogue.” Perhaps because it’s so important, many writers find dialogue the most intimidating part of writing. Not any more. In this dialogue master class we’ll learn and practice the tools and techniques to make your dialogue sing. First,…

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Minda Harts in Conversation with Tianna Mañón

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Book Launch: The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table Free & Open to the Public   Drawing on her entrepreneurial experience as CEO of The Memo, as well as her past career as a fundraising consultant, Minda Harts’s Memo acknowledges the “ugly truths” that keep women of color from getting the proverbial seat at the table in corporate America: micro-aggressions, systemic racism, and white privilege. With wit and candor, Hart gives…

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Bon Voyage Genesee Reading Series, Bonjour Literary Partners

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Nox Cocktail Lounge, 302 Goodman St N
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$20

Writers & Books' Genesee Reading Series is ending its long, illustrious run as it transforms and expands into our Literary Partners Reading Series. We couldn't be more grateful to Wanda Schubmehl for 13+ years of inspired curation, and to her dedicated predecessor M.J. Iuppa.  You are warmly invited to join us in celebrating Wanda, GRS alums, and the series on Thursday, March 26, 6 - 10 pm, with a marathon reading of past GRS participants at Nox Cocktail Lounge.  Your…

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Writing a Powerful Memoir

March 28 @ 10:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$75

Member price:$65 Deadline to Register: March 20, 11:59 pm Instructor: Mark Block Have you ever wanted to write a memoir? Share your life stories with family and friends? Do you have a story to tell that might inspire or challenge others? This special workshop will provide you with the basic steps for creating a powerful and compelling memoir. First we’ll examine memoir composition and discuss key elements of anecdotal writing. Then, using handouts as a guide, you’ll choose a relevant…

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How To Unravel A Buried Story: Re-Discovering Martha Matilda Harper March 31, 7pm

March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$5 General Public | Free to Members Learn how to use artifacts, curiosity, determination to uncover buried history and re-inspire the world about women’s achievements.  Whether researching your own family history or facts for a story, or simply wanting to know how the Harper story was re-discovered,  Jane Plitt, a Rochester businesswoman, stumbled on the name of Martha Matilda Harper and the fact that she was the first woman member of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. Yet the Chamber knew…

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April 2020

Visiting Authors: Gary Copeland Lilley

April 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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11 am - 12:30 pm: Special Topics Workshop: Writing a Personna Poem 1 pm: Reading Gary Copeland Lilley is the author of eight books of poetry, including Alpha Zulu (Copper Canyon Press) and, most recently, The Bushman’s Medicine Show (Lost Horse Press, 2017). Blue Horse Press published his chapbook, The Hog Killing, in 2014. A Cave Canem Fellow, he has received the DC Commission on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry and is published in numerous anthologies and journals, including The…

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MONDAY: Start Your Story

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$50

Member price: $44 Deadline to register: March 26, 11:59 pm Instructor: Rylie Day Ages 7-9 Are stories constantly running through your imagination? Get your ideas out of your head and onto paper! This camp will give you fresh ideas and creative tools for starting your own story or continuing work on one you have already begun. Rylie Day is native to Rochester and graduated from Nazareth College in 2013 with her degree in English Literature. Her passions include Shakespeare, children,…

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MONDAY: Comedy Improvisation

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Member price:$44 Deadline to register: March 26, 11:59 pm Instructor: Julie Donofrio Ages 10-13 Improvisation is acting without a script, and often includes audience participation. Students will learn the basic rules of improv, and then a variety of theater games and comedy improv games such as those featured on the television show, Whose Line is it Anyway? To put their new skills to work the class will present some of their favorite games for friends and family at 2:00 pm.…

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TUESDAY: Young Storytellers

April 7 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Member price: $44 Deadline to register: March 26, 11:59 pm Instructor: Judy DeCroce Ages 7-9 The art of storytelling is important for confidence in any presentation. We’ll use theater games to introduce skills needed to perform and engage an audience. We will practice a variety of techniques to deliver a story including voice, body language, and facial expressions. Judy DeCroce is an educator and professional storyteller who has taught and entertained for over 25 years. Her technique is “first person”…

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TUESDAY: Myth, Mystery, & Me

April 7 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Member price:$44 Deadline to register: March 26, 11:59 pm Instructor: Almeta Whitis Ages 10-13 Today we will go on an imaginary adventure, encounter formidable and friendly beings to help us seek creative solutions to magical problems, mirrored in our present world challenges. Enter a magical landscape to discover our inner resources, explore myths, and use archetypes and mystery to learn important life lessons. A treasure hunt for magical amulets will bring challenges, dispel chaos, establish harmony and bring peace and…

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WEDNESDAY: Stories to Grow On

April 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Member price: $44 Deadline to register: March 26, 11:59 pm Instructor: Tracy Nemecek Ages 7-9 Stories can help us to take a closer look at our own thoughts and feelings and to appreciate moments of joy and face moments of challenge. We’ll read stories together as a group, create art, and use creative movement to understand and express our emotions more effectively. Read, create, grow! Tracy Nemecek is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  As an undergraduate, she majored in Psychology…

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WEDNESDAY: Flash Your Fiction

April 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Member price:$44 Deadline to register: March 26, 11:59 pm Instructor: Judy DeCroce Ages 10-13 Flash fiction is a short form of writing in which every word is essential. These stories have a rhythm, and foundation of character, setting, and plot. We will learn to hook the reader quickly, and then, through an unexpected twist, leave the reader wanting more. Students will go home with at least three new pieces of writing! Judy DeCroce is an educator and professional storyteller who…

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Literary Partners: Charles Lamarr Philips & Susan Vinocour

April 8 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Charles Lamar Phillips’s fiction appears in Massachusetts Review, New England Review, Cincinnati Review, Fifth Wednesday, Chaffin Journal, Raritan, and The Brooklyner. Dead South, his collection of short stories, has been praised by author George Rollie Adams as “skillfully rendered tales of troubled souls.” Phillips’s novel, Estranged, is forthcoming from Regal House Publishing in fall 2020. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, Phillips has been writer, columnist, or editor at Congressional Quarterly, The Washington…

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THURSDAY: Heroes of Social Justice

April 9 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Member price: $44 Deadline to register: March 26, 11:59 pm Instructor: Marna Rossi Ages 7-9 Celebrate heroes around the world who stand up for justice and freedom. We will learn about local and international heroes, decide what makes a hero, and use your imagination in fun activities honoring heroes. With a partner, present to your classmates an amazing hero who dared to be different, through a short skit and a collage drawing. Marna Rossi, PhD, is a storyteller and workshop…

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THURSDAY: Hogwarts Day One

April 9 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Member price:$44 Deadline to register: March 26, 11:59 pm Ages 10-13 Jump into the world of all things Harry Potter! You will make a wand, write for the Daily Prophet, and take several classes central to the wizarding world. Learn Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Transfiguration and more! Leave at the end of the day feeling as if you yourself were a student at Hogwarts. It is not necessary to participate in Day One in order to participate in…

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Literary Partners: Danielle Pafundo & Edward Dougherty

April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Danielle Pafundo & Edward Dougherty Free & open to the public Danielle Pafunda is the author of nine books of prose and poetry, including The Book of Scab (Ricochet Editions, 2018), Natural History Rape Museum (Bloof Books, 2013), and Manhater (Dusie Press, 2012), Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (Noemi Press, 2010), as well as two chapbooks. Her work has appeared in three editions of The Best American Poetry, and has been widely anthologized. A teacher at Rochester Institutute of Technology, she has served on the board of directors of VIDA; and holds a BA…

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FRIDAY: Superheroes Are Everywhere

April 10 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Member price: $44 Deadline to register: March 26, 11:59 pm Instructor: Lisa Buck Ages 7-9 Superheroes aren’t just in the movies and comic books, they are everywhere: in your family, among your friends, in your neighborhood. We’ll look at the book Superheroes Are Everywhere by Kamala Harris. By exploring different cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds not always found in mainstream children’s lit we will discover that everyone can have an amazing story. Lisa Buck has been a teacher in the…

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FRIDAY: Hogwarts Day Two

April 10 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Member price:$44 Deadline to register: March 26, 11:59 pm Ages 10-13 Jump into the world of all things Harry Potter! You will make a wand, write for the Daily Prophet, and take several classes central to the wizarding world. Learn Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Transfiguration and more! Leave at the end of the day feeling as if you yourself were a student at Hogwarts. It is not necessary to participate in Day One in order to participate in…

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Literary Partners: Katherine Hastings & Charlie Coté

April 16 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Katherine Hastings is the author of three collections from Spuyten Duyvil Press: Shakespeare & Stein Walk Into a Bar (2016), Nighthawks (2014), and Cloud Fire (2012), as well as several chapbooks.  Poet laureate emerita of Sonoma County, CA, she edited Know Me Here: An Anthology of Poetry by Women; Digging Our Poetic Roots: Poems from Sonoma County; and What Redwoods Know: Poems from California State Parks. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies. She…

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Literary Partners: Paula Weld-Carey & Kitty Jospé

April 22 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Paula Weld-Carey & Kitty Jospé Free & open to the public Paula Weld-Cary’s poetry has appeared in journals in the United States and abroad, including Portland Review, Slab, Cream City Review, Nimrod, Poetry Salzburg Review, Third Wednesday, and The Aurorean. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. One of her poems is forthcoming in The Midwest Quarterly and another in an environmental textbook. She lives in New York State. Kitty Jospé is a linguist and poet who has moderated popular weekly reading poetry appreciation sessions since 2008. She…

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Literary Partners: Gail Hosking & Georgia A. Popoff

April 23 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Georgia A. Popoff, of Syracuse, NY, is an editor, educator, and Workshops Coordinator and faculty member at the YMCA of Central NY’s Downtown Writers Center. For 20 years, she served on the editorial board of The Comstock Review, with 5 years as managing editor. Her poetry collections are Psychometry (Tiger Bark Press, 2019), Psalter: The Agnostic’s Book of Common Curiosities ( Tiger Bark Press, 2015), The Doom Weaver (Main Street Rag Publishers, 2008), and…

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Literary Partners: Jessica Cuello & Liza Flum

April 29 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Jessica Cuello is the author of Hunt (The Word Works, 2017) and Pricking (Tiger Bark Press, 2016). She has been awarded The 2017 CNY Book Award, The 2016 Washington Prize, The New Letters Poetry Prize, a Saltonstall Fellowship, and most recently, The New Ohio Review Poetry Prize. Her most recent poems can be found in Copper Nickel, Cave Wall, Bat City Review, Pleiades, and Salamander. Liza Flum is a poet and teacher living in…

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May 2020

Literary Partners: Len Messineo & Rob Tyler

May 13 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Len Messineo’s work has appeared in Shenandoah, Tampa Review, New Novel Review, The Sun: Journal of Ideas,  and elsewhere.  His stories have been twice nominated for inclusion in the Pushcart Prize Anthology; and his one-act plays, "By the Sea" and "My Anatomically Correct Artificial Life Form" have been performed at GEVA Theatre’s Regional Playwrights Festival in Rochester, NY. 

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Literary Partners: Allison Roberts & Trish Annese

May 20 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Allison Roberts is co-founder of Impact Interactive, a theatre-based training company. www.impactinteractive.org. She is also a visual artist, actor, and writer. She is the founder and producer of the comedy troupe, EstroFest, (www.estrofestlaughs.com) and performs in local theater, TV commercials and film. Her visual art works include murals, theater sets, painting, illustration, and jewelry making.  Her written work has appeared in Rochester Magazine, City Newspaper, RocParent, and Democrat and & Chronicle.

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Literary Partners: Misty Yarnall & Diane Rivoli 

May 21 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Misty Yarnall has been published in The Roadrunner Review, KAIROS Literary Magazine, The Merrimack Review, and Gandy Dancer. Her short play was selected for in Writers & Books and Geva's 2 Pages/2 Voices this past January 2020. The recipient of the Langlois Award for short fiction, Misty works as a Visitors Services Associate at Writers & Books and leads the organization’s Writers Roc!, a writing group for 10-12- year- old writers. She currently is…

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Literary Partners: Cameron Miller & Judith Shenouda

May 27 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Cameron Miller is a writer and preacher exploring the sacred hiding in plain sight. He  has published two novels, Thoughtwall Café: Espresso in the Third Season of Life (Unsolicited Press, 2018), and Steam Room Diaries (DAOwen Press, Canada, 2015). His book of poems and essays, Cairn, Marking the Trace, is forthcoming. Miller’s poems can be found in such journals and antholgies as Poetry Quarterly, The Poet’s Quest for God, Crossroads, and Inwood Indiana Press.…

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Literary Partners: Bill Capossere & Catherine Faurot

May 28 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Bill Capossere’s work has appeared in such journals and anthologies as Colorado Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, In Short, and Man in the Moon; and has been recognized with Pushcart nominations and mentions in the “notable essays” section of several editions of  Best American Essays. His full-length and shorter plays have received readings at GEVA’s Festival of New Plays and the Rochester Fringe Festival. He lives in Rochester NY with his wife and son, where…

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June 2020

Literary Partners: Jenny Llloyd & Giovanna Campomizzi

June 4 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Jenny Lloyd grew up in England. During her 20 years as a corporate wife, she lived in Italy and Mexico before moving to Rochester in 1980. A history professor at the College at Brockport, she has published Catching Meggie The Runaway Shetland Sheepdog;  Expatriation, and In My Mind’s Eye, a memoir of growing up on a farm in the West of England.   Giovanna Campomizzi May is an Italian-American immigrant with bi-polar disorder. Her memoir,…

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Literary Partners: Ralph Uttaro

June 10 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Literary Partners: Taylor Solano & J. Edward Moss

June 18 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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 Free & open to the public Rochester-based Taylor Solano writes for Floated Alternative Culture Magazine, a local publication focused on music, art, and alternative lifestyle topics. She also writes free-verse poetry and short microfiction pieces, wherein she enjoys converging perceptible experiences or traits with allegorical or mystical embellishments. Solano works as a reading teacher, sharing her passion for literature and the power of words with elementary school students. Edward Moss

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