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June 2016

Submitting to Literary Journals

June 25, 2016 @ 10:00 am
$73

S16-B12

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April 2018

Intermediate Memoir

April 10, 2018 @ 11:15 am - 1:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:15 am on Tuesday, repeating until May 29, 2018

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$240

This class is for individuals who have already taken Introduction to Memoir or by permission of the Instructor ONLY. Intermediate Memoir students know what they are writing toward and submit their writing at a faster pace than students in Introduction to Memoir. They will engage in an ongoing discussion of craft and technique, and work on the polishing and editing of their writing. More experienced writers give and receive critical feedback in a workshop setting while further developing their writing…

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July 2018

The Hermit Crab: Write Provocatively

July 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$172.00

The hermit crab essay offers endless and provocative ways to write nonfiction. In this course, writers will use alternative structures to explore their experiences—for example, a dictionary entry for grief that explores the loss of one’s parent or a how-to manual for dismantling a home that explores one’s divorce. Writers will read and discuss several published essays, generate essay ideas and drafts, and workshop one essay of their choosing.

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September 2018

Introduction to Memoir

September 18, 2018 @ 11:15 am - 1:15 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$300

The personal essay is the single best way to understand one of the basic rules of memoir: tell one story at a time. In this course, you will first create a blueprint of the larger story you’d like to tell, then focus on creating several short essays. Each nonfiction essay will serve as an individual chapter in what could become a larger body of work. Students will receive mini-lessons on characterization, setting, dialogue, message, and tone, which will help them…

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Telling the Truth: Advanced Memoir

September 24, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

If you’re writing a memoir, you can get stalled by wanting to protect yourself or others from the truth. This class will be a safe container for grappling with how to tell both the difficult and the inspiring, and how to find the right voice and structure for your story. We will review basic elements (story structure, scene writing, theme). We’ll support each other through feedback to get to the heart of the matter.

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October 2018

Exploring the Healing Power of Personal Writing

October 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

Personal writing can help individuals understand themselves and their place in the world around them. This course will focus on expression first and craft second as we work from provided texts and writing prompts and share our experiences in a safe, supportive space. Ultimately, participants will learn a variety of strategies for establishing a regular practice for personal writing in various forms.

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January 2019

Beyond Memoir

January 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

Explore forms of personal essay such as lyric, spiritual, contemplative, humorous, nature, or opinion. Draw on memories, experiences, observations, or data to tell your story and express your ideas. We will discuss craft: scene, storytelling, imagery, character, and structure of your piece. Combine personal meanings and universal themes. Draw your readers into your reflections, experiment and play, read and revise. We will share our pieces.

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Exploring the Healing Power of Personal Writing

January 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

Personal writing can help individuals understand themselves and their place in the world around them. This course will focus on expression first and craft second as we work from provided texts and writing prompts and share our experiences in a safe, supportive space. Ultimately, participants will learn a variety of strategies for establishing a regular practice for personal writing in various forms.

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February 2019

Creating Memory Maps For Memoir

February 13, 2019 @ 2:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

Since human memory is a mystery, how to writers grapple with the details of the past? One way to capture these slippery details is to create a memory map, like a road to the past, a guide to our emotional truths. Getting these physical characteristics of scenes is the first step in creating vivid and engaging stories from our past. Come and find a path into your life.

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March 2019

Writing Flash Nonfiction

March 5, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

Flash nonfiction is a story shrunk into miniature form. It’s a moment in our lives, or a scene shaped and compressed into a small capsule, usually 750 words or less. This can be a challenging yet immensely rewarding form to work in. This form teaches one of the most valuable lessons of writing, and often one of the more difficult to conquer: understanding the importance of word choice and making each one matter.

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April 2019

Exploring the Healing Power of Personal Writing

April 1, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Personal writing can help individuals understand themselves and their place in the world around them. This course will focus on expression first and craft second as we work from provided texts and writing prompts and share our experiences in a safe, supportive space. Ultimately, participants will learn a variety of strategies for establishing a regular practice for personal writing in various forms.

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Awakening: Writing Your Spiritual Memoir

April 11, 2019 @ 11:15 am - 1:15 pm
Free

In the classic film Groundhog Day, Phil the weatherman is confronted by a storm he didn't predict and couldn't control and forced to stay in Punxatawney, PA, doomed to repeat the day again and again. Using this film as a template for writing, we will explore Phil's progressive “waking up” experiences from a lonely, cynical narcissist to a compassionate, creative citizen.

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From Crib to College: Capturing Memories of Childhood & Parenting

April 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$49.00

1 Session Have you always wanted to write about your experience raising your child or children? This class will help you gain the confidence to start writing about your life as a parent. In this course you will read poems, essays, and non-fiction pieces by parent-writers and practice writing your own stories.

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May 2019

Dealing with Time in Memoir

May 9, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$44

The juxtaposition of time and tenses is something memoirists have to deal with. When to comment on the past, when simply to portray experience and let it speak for itself? Memoirs by definition look backward. They are the response to what Kierkegaard said—that life can only be understood backward but must be lived forward. Come to discuss, study and write.

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Beginning Memoir

May 17, 2019 @ 11:15 am - 1:15 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$210.00

6 Sessions This class is designed to help students find the theme or backbone of their memoir and then learn how to write vivid scenes. For those who don't know where to start, we'll build a solid foundation. For those who already have some writing, we'll help with focus and structure. We'll do writing exercises that reveal theme, learn the five narrative modes, and story structure. We'll discuss options for how to organize memoirs. The objective is to understand what…

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June 2019

Beyond the Self

June 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$49.00

Only dealing with ourselves in memoir is a diary or self-conscious journal, interesting only to friends or family. True memoir must go beyond what we have buried in our hearts and encounter history and others. We must form our narratives to structure our attention to the world beyond us and to reflect on what our experiences mean. Come to see how others have done this and practice it in your own writing.

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July 2019

Write Your Life

July 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$132

3 Mondays, July 15 - July 29 If you use your life for inspiration, you'll never run out of things to write about. This class explores how to mine your life for writing inspiration and then you'll choose one bit of inspiration to create a memoir-style piece of writing (personal essay, blog post, etc). You'll also have the opportunity to share your piece in class.   Jennifer Blanchard is a best-selling author, a screenwriter, a Developmental Book Editor and the…

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August 2019

Writing the Hermit Crab Essay

August 1, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$172

5 Thursdays, August 1 - August 29 The hermit crab essay offers endless and provocative ways to write nonfiction. In this course, writers will use alternative structures to explore their experiences—for example, a dictionary entry for grief that explores the loss of one’s parent or a how-to manual for dismantling a home that explores one’s divorce. Writers will read and discuss several published essays, generate essay ideas and drafts, and workshop one essay of their choosing.   Sarah Cedeño’s work…

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