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October 2019

Writing an Identity Narrative

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 26, 2019

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$225 8 tickets left

Evening Workshop: 6 Sessions, Tuesdays October 22 - November 26, from 6:30 pm - 9 pm Instructor: Robert D. Baker Deadline to Register: October 14, 11:59 pm In this course, you will write about how you claimed identity or faced challenges because of your identity. Narratives may address one aspect—or the intersection of multiple aspects—of who you are. Possibilities include coming out, confronting gender bias, becoming a parent, responding to racism, experiencing a religious conversion, advocating for yourself as a…

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Creating Compelling and Diverse Characters

October 23 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 6, 2019

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

Evening Workshop: 6 Sessions, Wednesdays October 2 - November 6, from 6:30 pm - 9 pm Instructor: Alex Sanchez Deadline to Register: September 29, 11:59 pm What makes To Kill a Mockingbird’s Atticus Finch or The Color Purple’s Celie so engaging? We’ll explore the fundamentals of crafting layered, multidimensional characters through readings, videos, discussions, and writing exercises. We’ll learn how to create characters from the inside out, enlivening them with distinct personalities and voices. And we’ll look at ways to…

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The Fiction Workshop

October 23 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 20, 2019

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

Evening Workshop: 6 Sessions, Wednesdays October 16 - November 20, 6:30-9pm Instructor: Brian Wood Deadline to register: October 8, 11:59pm If you’re passionate about reading and writing fiction, or maybe you’re just looking for a little feedback, this course is for you. Through the analysis of character, voice, plot, and narrative flow, you will learn how to effectively put your creative ideas on paper. You can look forward to thoughtful, engaging class discussions on the craft of fiction and how…

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ImageOutWrite Reading

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Free and Open to the Public Experience the literary side of ImageOut, Rochester’s excellent LGBT Film Festival. At this special reading, local writers and members of the ImageOutWrite team are on hand to share selections from their 2019 literary journal. Hear the authors’ words in their own voices, grab a copy of ImageOutWrite, and network and mingle.

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Writers ROC!

October 25 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Youth Writing Group : 7 Sessions Fridays 3:45 pm - 5 pm September 27, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 15, December 6 & 13 Free and open to the public - Registration not required 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,…

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Novelist Master Class

October 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$90 11 tickets left

Master Class: 1 Session, Saturday October 26, from 11 am -12:30 pm Instructor: J. Mulrooney Required: When registering, email 5-15 pages in a Word Doc attachment to submissions@wab.org, with the subject line “Novelist Master Class” Deadline to register: October 18, 11:59 pm You’ll learn what’s working and what’s not in a supportive environment. You’ll receive concrete suggestions for improvement and tips and tricks to help you. Along the way, we’ll discuss key elements of the novelist’s craft, from the foundational--developing…

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Writing from Family Photographs

October 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$75 11 tickets left

Special Topic Workshop: 1 Session October 26, 10 am - 12:30 pm Instructor: Karen vanMeenen Family photographs can be a rich source of story and symbol for writers. In this workshop, we will look at family photographs in history and from the participants’ personal collections. Guided prompts will allow for exploration, discovery and processing of memories and family stories, of both the past and looking toward the future. Karen vanMeenen has served as the Coordinator of Writers & Books’ Rochester…

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Generative Poetry Workshop

October 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25 9 tickets left

Mini Workshop Instructor: Jessica Cuello This workshop will stimulate the creative process and bring forth new work. With a series of exercises designed to evoke our own obsessions in surprising ways, participants will write intensively and leave with several drafts for new poems. Selected poems by Tyree Daye, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Ashley Jones, Safia Elhillo, Naomi Shihab Nye, and others will be provided.

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The Threshing Floor: LGBTQ+ Writing Group

October 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:00 pm on day Last of the month, repeating until November 26, 2019

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

Last Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm Hosted by Reilly Hirst & Gracen Lynch Free and open to the public The deep end is fine here, so we don't have to stay in the safe shallows. If you love writing, especially "edgy" stuff, bring it. In all good writing, we benefit from many perspectives and are willing to take them in while standing in and speaking from our own truth.

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Modes in Poetry: Rants, Yarns, Musings

October 30 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 4, 2019

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$265 10 tickets left

Evening Workshop: 6 Sessions, Wednesdays October 30 - December 4, from 6:30 pm - 9 pm Instructor: David Ruekberg Deadline to register: October 22, 11:59 pm One reason it’s hard to say what a poem is or isn’t is that there are so many ways a poem can be made. Long lines, short lines, paragraphs, collage. Soapbox, anecdote, confession, meditation. In this class, we will explore different modes a poem may be written in depending on its “designs on the…

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History Reading Group

October 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Last of the month, repeating until November 28, 2019

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.

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November 2019

Rochester Children’s Book Festival

November 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monroe Community College, 1000 Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY United States
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Free and open to the public Come visit our sponsor table at the Rochester Children's Book Festival and meet Robin L. Flanigan, author of forthcoming M is for Mindful. This children’s abecedarian poetry book cultivates self-awareness, compassion, respect for diversity, and other practices that shape the way we think and act. The book’s short, easy-to-learn verses empower young readers to attain—and maintain—a happy, balanced, and considerate life. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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Teen Writers Circle

November 2 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Youth Workshop: 5 Saturdays October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 23, 10:30 am-12:30 pm Instructor: Sarah Cedeño Ages: 13+ Deadline to register September 27, 11:59 pm 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,…

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This Is Your Life! Writing a Powerful Memoir

November 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25 10 tickets left

Mini Workshop Instructor: Mark Block The workshop will begin with a discussion of the key elements of writing effective memoirs. Using familiar prompts in a timed activity, participants will then be asked to write a short piece to share with the group. Group feedback will focus on how well each writer has utilized the key elements of memoir composition. Mark Block is a semi-retired educator, classroom teacher and trainer. He also served as Adjunct Instructor at Syracuse University and Monroe…

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Rabindranath Tagore’s Śāntiniketan Essays: Religion, Spirituality and Philosophy

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Presentation by Medha Bhattacharyya Medha Bhattacharyya discusses her new translation of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s rarely known collection of meditative essays, Śāntiniketan (Abode of Peace), which looks at his ideas of universality; his socio-cultural location; and his reflections on Buddhism, Vaiṣṇavism, Bāul philosophy, and the Bhagavadgītā, and their contemporary relevance.

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The Book Thieves: Young Professionals Book Club

November 7 @ 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

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

First Thursday of the Month Free and Open to the Public   Book: Deathless, by Catherynne M. Valente

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Writers ROC!

November 8 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Youth Writing Group : 7 Sessions Fridays 3:45 pm - 5 pm September 27, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 15, December 6 & 13 Free and open to the public - Registration not required 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,…

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Bruna Dantas Lobato Reading

November 8 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Bruna Dantas Lobato is a Brazilian writer and translator based in St. Louis. Her writing has appeared in A Public Space, BOMB, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Common, and elsewhere, and has been recognized with fellowships from Bennington College, NYU, the University of Iowa, A Public Space, and DISQUIET. Her translation of Caio Fernando Abreu’s Moldy Strawberries received a 2019 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant and is forthcoming from Archipelago Books in 2020.

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Convergence: Nature, Writing, and Healing

November 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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Gell One-Day Intensive 1 Session November 9, 10 am - 5 pm Instructor: Anais Salibian Deadline to Register: November 1, 11:59 pm Like nature, the process of writing provides a healing experience. How can you write so your work does the same for the reader? There's no better setting than the Gell Center, in a safe community, to experience and explore how nature and writing help heal body, mind and soul. You’ll have time for a walk in the woods…

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Put Down Your Fears , Pick Up Your Pen, Overcome Your Resistance to Writing

November 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25 9 tickets left

Mini Workshop Instructor: Alex Sanchez Resistance to writing kicks everyone’s “butt,” but our desire to conquer it can triumph. With writing exercises, discussions, and readings, we’ll explore ways to tackle our fears and knock down dream- blocking barriers. Together we can win!

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The Art of Literary Translation

November 9 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$90 12 tickets left

Master Class 1 Session November 9, 2:30 pm - 6 pm Instructor: Bruna Dantas Lobato Deadline to Register: October 31, 11:59 pm Translation is one of the deepest, most creative ways of engaging with a text. It provides us with a unique opportunity to dive into another writer’s sensibilities and rewrite a text in our own words. It’s also a fun way to engage with different styles and literary traditions and an opportunity to bring diverse voices into the English…

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Genesee Reading Series: Sarah Freligh and Gail Hosking

November 12 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$6 55 tickets left

Members $3 | General Public $6 Now in its 36th year, the Genesee Reading Series is a smorgasbord for your literary palate. On the second Tuesday of each month, listen to two authors read their work up close and personal in the intimate Performance Space upstairs. By the end of the year, you will have feasted on the work of 24 regional authors (some prominent, some emerging; writers of fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, memoir). Stay afterward and talk to…

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In Short

November 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 18, 2019

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$265 12 tickets left

Evening Workshop: 6 Sessions, Wednesdays November 13 - December 18, from 6:30 pm - 9 pm Instructor: Len Messineo Deadline to register: November 5, 11:59 pm The under-1000-word piece is an increasingly popular form. Short pieces present special craft problems, such as how to write "big" when given a restrictive word count. While providing a cordial and supportive environment, this critique class encourages students to write in the genre of their choice in under 1000 words. In addition to discussing…

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Veteran’s Day Reading and Potluck

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Group Reading

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Writers ROC!

November 15 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Youth Writing Group : 7 Sessions Fridays 3:45 pm - 5 pm September 27, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 15, December 6 & 13 Free and open to the public - Registration not required 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,…

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Make a Scene! Crafting the Building Blocks of a Story

November 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$75 11 tickets left

Special Topic Workshop: 1 Session, Saturday November 16, 10 am - 12:30 pm Instructor: Alex Sanchez Deadline to Register: November 8, 11:59 pm How do we create scenes that keep readers turning pages? We’ll take a deep dive into the fundamentals of crafting dynamic, layered, character-driven scenes. Through readings, discussions, ideas, and writing exercises, we’ll study how proactive characters determine plot events and are changed in the process. We’ll explore keys to selecting point of view; establishing stakes; identifying inner…

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Teen Writers Circle

November 16 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Youth Workshop: 5 Saturdays October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 23, 10:30 am-12:30 pm Instructor: Sarah Cedeño Ages: 13+ Deadline to register September 27, 11:59 pm 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,…

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Finding Your Voice With a Journal

November 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Mini Workshop Instructor: Nancy Steinkamp What do Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, C.S. Lewis and Anais Nin all have in common? They are published authors who kept a journal, the container that holds a writer’s fullest expression, revealing a unique voice and increasing self-understanding. In this class, we will experience a variety of writing techniques that adapt to the changing landscape of our lives, and help us identify subjects to explore, and support us in developing a writing habit. By learning…

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Like Falling through a Cloud: Eugenia Zukerman Presents

November 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Monroe Community Hospital, 435 E Henrietta Rd
Rochester, NY 14620 United States
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Hosted by Alzheimer's Association, Rochester & Finger Lakes Chapter, and Writers & Books. Free and open to the public On November 18, at Monroe Community College, meet internationally acclaimed flutist Eugenia Zukerman, author of Like Falling through a Cloud: A Lyrical Memoir (East End Press, November 2019), an uplifting, intimate chronicle of the author’s year of finding her way through a maze of confusion and brambles of loss. The former artistic director of Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and arts…

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Soul Knows No Bars: A Writer’s Journey Doing Poetry with Inmates

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Free and Open to the Public Book Launch with Patrica Roth Schwartz Patricia Roth Schwartz is a poet, writer of fiction and memoir, and teacher. She holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College, an MA from Trinity College (CT), and an MACP from Antioch/ N Eng. Widely published in literary journals, she has had published 7 volumes of poetry, plus a full-length collection of short fiction which won a Lambda Literary Award. Residing in the Finger Lakes region of NY…

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Special Effect Sentences

November 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$75 12 tickets left
Anaïs Salibian

Special Topic Workshop: 1 Session, Saturday November 23, 10 am - 12:30 pm Instructor: Anais Salibian Deadline to Register: November 15, 11:59 pm What kind of experience are your sentences providing for your reader? What sentence structure do you choose if you want to capture a scene, or create suspense, or deliver an emotional blow? If you've never studied how to grow a sentence, if you don't know that form can actually help you generate unexpected content, if you haven't…

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Teen Writers Circle

November 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Youth Workshop: 5 Saturdays October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 23, 10:30 am-12:30 pm Instructor: Sarah Cedeño Ages: 13+ Deadline to register September 27, 11:59 pm 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,…

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Writing an Intentional Book

November 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25 11 tickets left

Mini Workshop Instructor: Robin Flanigan Perhaps it’s a calling or simply a wish to make the world a better place. Whatever the reason, writing a book to help others live with intention means consciously considering the impact of your work. Using my book M is for Mindful as model, through a series of writing prompts, discover why you want to write the book you want to write. What gifts do you have to share, and why is it important to…

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December 2019

Writers ROC!

December 6 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Youth Writing Group : 7 Sessions Fridays 3:45 pm - 5 pm September 27, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 15, December 6 & 13 Free and open to the public - Registration not required 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,…

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A Material Memoir

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$90 12 tickets left

Master Class: 1 Session Instructor: Gail Hosking Required: When registering, email 200-700 words in a Word Doc attachment to submissions@wab.org, with the subject line “A Material Memoir.” Deadline to Register: November 30, 11:59 pm People's possessions speak of them: they are resonant, betraying, and reflective. They chart where we’ve been and how we've been. In this class we will pick objects that are imbued with significance for us and use them to tell the story of our lives. Using the…

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Genesee Reading Series: James Longenbach and Joanna Scott

December 10 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$6 56 tickets left

James Longenbach is a poet and a critic who has taught at the University of Rochester for many years. His many books of literary criticism include The Art of the Poetic Line (Graywolf) and How Poems Get Made (Norton), and his books of poems include The Iron Key (Norton) and Earthling (Norton), the latter of which was a finalist for the National Books Circle Award. His poems have appeared individually in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review.   Photo by Brandon Vick, University Communications Joanna Scott is…

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Writers ROC!

December 13 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Youth Writing Group : 7 Sessions Fridays 3:45 pm - 5 pm September 27, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 15, December 6 & 13 Free and open to the public - Registration not required 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,…

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Lindsay Bernal Reading

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$5 56 tickets left

Free to members/ $5 general public Lindsay Bernal’s What It Doesn’t Have to Do With (University of Georgia Press, 2018) won the 2017 National Poetry Series competition. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Conjunctions Online, Gulf Coast, OVERSOUND, Tikkun, and other journals. She coordinates the Creative Writing Program and the Writers Here & Now reading series at the University of Maryland.

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Go in Fear of Abstraction: Why Images Matter

December 14 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Master Class: 1 Session, Saturday Saturday, December 14, 10 am - 1:30 pm Instructor: Lindsay Bernal Required: When registering, email 2-3 poems in a Word doc attachment to submissions@wab.org, with the subject line “Images Matter” Deadline to register: December 6, 11:59 pm This poetry workshop will focus on the Image, "that which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time," as Ezra Pound defines it. We'll workshop poems-in-progress and discuss published poems by Ross Gay, Cecily Parks, and…

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The Threshing Floor: LGBTQ+ Writing Group — Reading

December 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

December 17, 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm Hosted by Reilly Hirst & Gracen Lynch Free and open to the public The deep end is fine here, so we don't have to stay in the safe shallows. If you love writing, especially "edgy" stuff, bring it. In all good writing, we benefit from many perspectives and are willing to take them in while standing in and speaking from our own truth.

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