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September 2019

Writing the Self and Nature through the Work of Emily Dickinson

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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Treehouse

Gell One-Day Intensive Instructors: Karen Van Meenen and Patricia Roth Schwartz Deadline to Register: September 20, 11:59 pm Spend a day getting to know Emily Dickinson at Writers & Books’ retreat center, set on 24 bucolic acres in the Bristol Hills. Karen vanMeenen and Patricia Roth Schwartz will guide you on an exploration of what love is, what death means, and how one’s own garden contains the universe. With this one-day intensive, you will read selected works by the iconic…

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October 2019

Creating Compelling and Diverse Characters

October 2 @ 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

Evening Workshop: 6 Sessions, Wednesdays October 2 - November 6, from 6:30 pm - 9 pm Instructor: Alex Sanchez Deadline to Register: September 24, 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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Poetry As Survival

October 5 @ 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 Instructor: Charles Coté Deadline to Register: September 27, 11:59 pm Gregory Orr writes that "poetry is the thread that leads us out of the labyrinth of despair and into the light." Poems that emerge from crisis have the power to heal and re-stabilize us. In this one-day retreat at Gell, participants will work to make sense of the senseless, fashioning containers for their grief. Orr says, "To write by heart is to write by hurt, grief inscribing…

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A Nest of Words: What Kind of Writer Bird Are You?

October 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Mini Workshop Instructor: Alison Meyers This workshop riffs off Gayle Brandeis’s discussion of how different birds’ approaches to nest building in the wild can jumpstart the creative process. Reading excerpts from such writers as Margaret Atwood (Ruby Throated Hummingbird), Orhan Pamuk (Common Tailorbird), and Patricia Smith (Satin Bowerbird), we will consider which avian habits coincide with our own writing style, interests, and goals. Participants will respond to visual prompts and lines from published works to choose construction material (subject matter)…

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Poetry of Joy, Writing as Gratitude

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

Special Topic Workshop: 1 Session Instructor: Kristen Zory King Deadline to Register: October 4, 11:59 pm The art of poetry and the art of gratitude are often interwoven. In this generative writing workshop, participants will examine joy and gratitude as active pursuits in both writing and life. We will study contemporary poems and poets who effectively acknowledge, appreciate, and, in turn, resist the world around them, including Ross Gay, Mary Oliver, Naomi Shihab Nye, and others. Each writer will leave…

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Children’s Book Basics

October 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Will Hubbell

Mini Workshops Instructor: Will Hubbell Are you thinking about writing a children’s book? Have you started one? Published children’s book author and illustrator Will Hubbell discusses the unique aspects of writing for young audiences and provides essential information for aspiring children’s book authors. The class includes a writing exercise designed to help speed you to your goal. Participants also receive handouts.

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Writing for an Audience

October 15 @ 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

Evening Workshop: 6 Sessions, Tuesdays October 15 – November 26, from 6:30 pm – 9 pm Instructor: Liza Flum Deadline to register: October 7, 11:59pm “My book is for everybody, but I really hope there’re young, black, gay, or queer men that get this book in their hands,” says the poet Danez Smith. Who do you hope will get their hands on your poems? Are you writing for a reader you know, for people from your community, or for people…

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The Fiction Workshop

October 16 @ 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

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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The Ecstatic Ekphrastic: Craft Workshop

October 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Special Topic Workshop: 1 Session Instructor: Terry Blackhawk Deadline to Register: October 10, 11:59 pm Poets since Homer and his description of the shield of Achilles in The Iliad or Keats with his urn have found inspiration in rendering or responding to visual art in writing. In a process known as ekphrasis, i.e. the detailed description of a work of visual art, the intersection of the verbal and the visual creates a rich field for reflection and inspiration. Through the…

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The Art of Astonishment

October 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Special Topic Workshop: 1 Session October 19, 10 am - 12:30 pm Instructor: Liza Flum Deadline to Register: October 11, 11:59 pm The best poems surprise us. Kim Addonizio writes, poems can “leap from one synapse to another, one thought to a further thought, one level of understanding or questioning to being in the presence of the mystery.” How can you welcome the unexpected, the mysterious, and the revelatory in your own writing? What does it take to break your…

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Telling A Tale with Improv

October 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Mini Workshop Instructor: Joanne Brokaw Practice letting a story take you to new and wonderful places, even if it's someplace you’ve never planned to go. Fun improv games and exercises will help you break through writer's block or generate new ideas. No improv experience necessary.

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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

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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Novelist Master Class

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

Master Class: 1 Session, Saturday October 2, 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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Generative Poetry Workshop

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

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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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

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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November 2019

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

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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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 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 or journaling by the stream. Then we’ll discuss the…

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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
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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

Master Class 1 Session 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 language. In this master class, we’ll discuss…

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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

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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Finding Your Voice With a Journal

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

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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Special Effect Sentences

November 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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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Writing an Intentional Book

November 23 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

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

A Material Memoir

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

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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