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Percy Jackson’s Magic Pen | Ages: 9 – 12

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

Percy Jackson is mighty with his sword; his creator, Rick Riordan, is mighty with his pen. Experiment with the writing methods Riordan uses to weave a siren spell. You will need to prepare by reading the first book of the series, The Lightning Thief. In class, we will mine it for models of how to […]

Dragons, Dice, & Roleplaying | Ages: 13 – 16

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

Calling all quest seekers! What do collaborative role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and writing have to do with each other? Quite a lot, as you’ll discover. In this camp, we’ll explore rich, fantastical worlds; create complex characters; and learn how to hone our plot points into stories that the bards will sing of for […]

Produce a 90-Second Newbery Film | Ages: 9 – 12

Rochester Community Media Center 21 Gorham St, Rochester, NY, United States

Have you ever wondered what goes into bringing a story alive on the silver screen? In this camp, you’ll transform into cast and crew to make your own short movie based on a Newbery Medal-winning book. Learning how to run cameras, set up lights, operate audio equipment, direct, and edit are the exciting new skills […]

Supernatural Shakespeare | Ages: 8 – 11

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

Calling young thespians! We’ll spend the week walking into the world of William Shakespeare, with a special focus on his use of the supernatural in his plays. We’ll explore his life and times and unlock the secrets of his use of language. We’ll play theater games, peek into some of his otherworldly plots and characters, […]

Build-a-Book | Ages: 10 – 13

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

So you want to write a book, but you need a plan. Join our community of writers to learn how to plot a book chapter by chapter, taking your great idea and turning it into a juicy plot. We’ll access resources from a variety of arts and cultural organizations and learn how thoughtful observation of […]

Arts Alive: Exploring the Neighborhood | Ages: 10 – 13

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

Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA) has long been home to expression and creativity. Businesses and organizations that engage with art through painting, photography, food, and language abound. There are theaters and sculpture gardens bursting with feeling and meaning. There are hidden walkways and parks perfect for exploring. This camp will take you inside the […]

SummerWrite in the Branches: Young Authors Club | Ages: 8 – 13

Phillis Wheatley Branch Library 33 Dr Samuel McCree Way, Rochester, NY, United States

SummerWrite in the Branches: Families facing economic challenges are especially encouraged to register their young readers and writers in tuition-free camps held at five library branches. Do you like fantasy, superhero adventures, sci-fi, animal tales, or realistic problem-solving stories? You will create the kinds of characters and write the sorts of stories you like, and […]

Hogwarts Academy | Ages: 8-14

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

Immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter when Writers & Books’ three-story building is transformed into Hogwarts! Throughout the week, students attend Herbology, Transfiguration, Divination, History of Magic, Defense against the Dark Arts, Potions, and other classes. Hands-on activities are accompanied by creative writing exercises to spur the imagination. Participants are sorted, earn house […]

Telling Tales | Ages: 7 – 9

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

Create your own characters and tell your own story ideas while learning at the hand of master teaching artists, a writer and a visual artist. You’ll learn the tools of the trade—how to illustrate an idea, choose a fitting style, and draw things you don’t know how to draw—and learn the basics of plot, character, […]

SummerWrite in the Branches: It Could Happen Here | Ages: 8 – 13

Sully Branch Library 530 Webster Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

SummerWrite in the Branches: Families facing economic challenges are especially encouraged to register their young readers and writers in tuition-free camps held at five library branches. Everything seems normal...on first appearance. Your main character seems like just another kid, with the usual hopes and anxieties, off to just another summer day camp, until another kind […]

Building Fantastical Worlds | Ages: 8 – 11

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

Have you ever wondered what it’s like living in magical worlds, such as those described in the Harry Potter series, Chronicles of Narnia, and The Borrowers? How do we leave everyday routines and leap into fantastical realms? Better yet, how do we create our own? Come explore surprising worlds of all shapes and sizes and […]

Writers & Illustrators | Ages: 10 – 13

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

In this exciting collaboration between Writers & Books and the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery, you’ll create your own fantastically illustrated and imaginatively written story. You’ll learn how to illustrate an idea, choose a fitting style, and draw things you thought you didn’t know how to draw.  You will learn the basics of […]

$325

Outdoor Writers | Ages: 9 – 16

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

Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, nature, and you! Spend five days communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists along the Finger Lakes Trail as you learn the art of observation. Visit nearby Cumming Nature Center, where you’ll create field journals in which to […]

SummerWrite in the Branches: Graphic Novels/The World in Pictures & Words | Ages: 8 – 13

Phillis Wheatley Branch Library 33 Dr Samuel McCree Way, Rochester, NY, United States

SummerWrite in the Branches: Families facing economic challenges are especially encouraged to register their young readers and writers in tuition-free camps held at five library branches. Words and pictures work together to tell stories in celebrated graphic novels, comics, and Manga like Dog Man, Black Panther, Super Diaper Baby, Razzle Dazzle Unicorn, Cat Kid Comic […]

Mystery 101 | Ages: 10 – 13

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

Does a good mystery intrigue you? Do you enjoy the creative writing process?  Do you want to know “whodunnit?” If your answer is “yes,” join us for Mystery Writing 101. We will read short mysteries, solve riddles, and write tales of intrigue. We will learn about the elements of a mystery, participate in shared inquiry […]

SummerWrite in the Branches: The Poetry of You/La poesía acerca de ti | Ages: 8 – 13

Lincoln Branch Library 851 Joseph Ave., Rochester, NY, United States

SummerWrite in the Branches: Families facing economic challenges are especially encouraged to register their young readers and writers in tuition-free camps held at five library branches. Bilingual Camp Express the story of who you are! Everyone holds a rich inner-world based on culture, history, and perspective. Together, we'll unravel the tapestry of our past, explore […]

Story Writing Boot Camp | Ages: 13-16

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

Learn the essentials of voice, character, conflict, and dialogue to build a story and keep it going in a supportive setting. Whatever kind of fiction you write, we’ll home in on what makes a story shine—and what keeps readers reading. We’ll examine a range of diverse examples from across cultures, genres, and styles. Ample writing […]

Poetry, Pottery, & Paper | Ages: 8 – 11

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

This collaboration between Writers & Books and the Flower City Arts Center provides a unique opportunity merging visual arts with creative writing. You will work with artists to hand-build a ceramic book, on which you will inscribe your own poem; make paper; learn to make different kinds of books; and use letterpress printing techniques to […]

Writing with Light | Ages: 12 – 14

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

The word photography means “writing with light.” Using a 35mm film camera (provided) and a pen and notebook, we will explore the uniqueness of the Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA). There will be opportunities to photograph and write about outdoor art such as wall murals and sculptures, the interior and exterior details of historic buildings, […]

SummerWrite in the Branches: Tales From Your Mind | Ages: 8 – 13

Arnett Branch Library 310 Arnett Blvd, Rochester, NY, United States

SummerWrite in the Branches: Families facing economic challenges are especially encouraged to register their young readers and writers in tuition-free camps held at five library branches. Do you like fantasy, superhero adventures, sci-fi, animal tales, or realistic problem-solving stories? You will create the kinds of characters and write the sorts of stories you like, and […]

Writing for the Screen | Ages: 13-16

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

Have you ever wondered how your favorite television show got to the screen? Want to try your hand at writing a script made for TV? In this camp you will learn to write your own screenplay as well as collaborate on a pilot episode for a TV Series. We will generate ideas, learn to use […]

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