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Advanced Fiction: Stealing from the Masters

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Ready to take your writing to the next level? In this intensive workshop, intermediate-level fiction writers will learn how to develop and apply more nuanced writing techniques. Through experimentation with plot, point of view, character development, diction, and dialogue, students will develop the skills to craft a unique and distinguished voice. In the first four […]

$210

Writing Children’s Books

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Interested in writing for children? This seminar will get you started. Published children’s author and illustrator Will Hubbell provides three hours of inspiration and information. The emphasis will be the unique challenges and opportunities of the field. The history and aesthetics of writing for children will also be covered. Handouts provided.

$73

Submitting to Literary Journals

Perfect for writers just starting to send out submissions, or for those who yearn for a more systematic approach. In this three-hour course, learn how to navigate literary journal submissions for short fiction, CNF, flash, and poetry: Write a cover letter, research markets, and set up a tracking system. By the end of class, you’ll […]

$73

Foundations of Fiction

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

You can’t raise a great building on a shaky foundation; you must have a solid base. Whether you’re a beginning writer or a seasoned author, you can always strengthen the foundation of your fiction. Join us as we explore the cornerstones of great writing: plot, character, voice, dialogue, and scene. Learn how to establish a […]

$210
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One-Week Adult Summer Camp: Fiction

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Are you looking for an introductory fiction course to stir your creative juices this summer? In this weeklong workshop, taught each evening by a different instructor, participants will learn the skills necessary to make their fiction sizzle and pop off the page. This instructive workshop will include generative exercises to help you improve your fiction, […]

$172

Storyboarding for Fiction Writers

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Storyboarding is a way of visualizing and sequencing the scenic aspects of a story in the most compressed way to meet the needs of that story and the interests of the audience. It can be invaluable in architecting a work or critiquing a completed draft. We will explore various methods to create a storyboard on […]

$97

Getting Started in Fiction

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

If you have ever wanted to write fiction, but didn’t know where to start, this course is for you. Participants will learn and practice key elements of fiction writing including point of view, plot development, character creation, and dialogue. Bring your story ideas and be ready to write.

Children’s Books Part I

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Interested in writing for children? This seminar will get you started. Published children’s author and illustrator Will Hubbell provides three hours of inspiration and information. The emphasis will be the unique challenges and opportunities of the field. The history and aesthetics of writing for children will also be covered. This is the first of two […]

$73

Intermediate Fiction

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

In this workshop we will concentrate on honing and strengthening how we read, write, and revise. By creating better habits in these areas we’ll improve the quality and production of our fiction. Each student is expected to submit one short story or novel chapter for class critique. In each session we will discuss an assigned […]

$210

Children’s Books Part II

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Have you written a children’s book? Are you considering writing one? Published children’s author and illustrator Will Hubbell provides three hours of essential information on getting published for aspiring children’s authors. Topics include the nuts-and-bolts of submission, the publishing process, agents, contracts, and even taxes. This is the second of two seminars on Children’s Books. […]

$73

Advanced Fiction

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

You’ve been writing, you’ve taken a couple classes, and you’ve finished some stories. Now a workshop-centered class may be just what you need to improve your writing and gain confidence in your craft. In this class we’ll read each other’s work and critique closely in a spirit of encouragement and helpfulness. You will come away […]

Make Me Care: The First 20 Pages of Your Novel

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

“Make me care” is the first rule of storytelling, especially in your opening, where you either hook or lose a reader. In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn how to craft strong first pages to make a manuscript “unputdownable,” common mistakes and how to avoid them, which plot points to introduce and which to unfold, and […]

$210

Fiction Camp

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Jump-start your writing year by spending an invigorating week at Writers & Books. Perfect for getting those gears turning, each evening will feature a different teaching artist, culminating in a student reading Friday night. In this course, we’ll sharpen the skills necessary to make our fiction sizzle and pop off the page. This instructive workshop […]

$172

He Said, She Said: The Art of Writing Dialogue

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

The easiest way to bring your characters to life is through their own voices, yet many writers struggle with dialogue. We’ll look at common pitfalls writers face when making their characters speak and how to avoid them. You’ll learn the elements of good dialogue through lecture and class discussion and then put them into practice […]

Why should I care? How to Create Compelling Characters

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

What makes a Harry Potter or Walter White so engaging they're addictive? Through writing exercises, guided discussions, and workshops of your written work you'll learn how to give life to characters from the inside out. Together we'll explore how to: make characters unique, dynamic, and passionate; build subtext for them; dig deep into their core […]

$210

Talking Shop: Writing & Editing Fiction

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Looking for a little push to take your writing to the next level? We'll learn to strengthen how we read, write, and revise. You can expect to submit one short story or chapter for class critique. Each session we'll discuss an assigned reading, looking at the skills and techniques applied, followed by a detailed critique […]

$210

As Iron to Iron: Advanced Fiction Workshop

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

You’ve been writing fiction, you’ve taken classes, and you’ve finished some stories or chapters. Now a workshop-centered class may be just the ticket to take your work to the next step. We’ll read each other’s work and critique closely in a spirit of encouragement, and you will come away a better fiction writer.

$210

Master Class with Omar El Akkad

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Here is your chance to learn from acclaimed author Omar El Akkad, through a series of writing exercises and discussions that will help propel your writing forward.

$49

Children’s Books Part I: Writing

Interested in writing for children? This seminar will get you started. Published children's author and illustrator Will Hubbell provides three hours of inspiration and information. The emphasis will be the unique challenges and opportunities of the field. The history and aesthetics of writing for children will also be covered. This is the first of two […]

Flipping Fiction: How to Locate and Renovate Common Errors in Your Writing

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY

Doris Lessing said, “There are no laws for the novel.” But agents, editors, and writing instructors have a host of commandments for strong writing. So are there hard and fast rules to creative writing? Yes and no. This course will investigate a short list of “guidelines” and how you can practically apply them to strengthen […]

$97

Writing Mysteries and Thrillers

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

New dates! This class has been postponed to April 16 - May 21, 2019 The main focus of this course is devoted to helping participants develop greater skills while writing mystery or thriller novels. Through an interactive process we will explore and examine the major components of writing compelling fiction. This will include the importance […]

$146

Children’s Books Part 2: Publishing

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY

Have you written a children's book? Are you considering writing one? Published children's author and illustrator Will Hubbell provides three hours of essential information on getting published for aspiring children's authors. Topics include the nut-and-bolts of submission, the publishing process, agents, contracts, and even taxes. This is the second of two seminars on Children's writing. […]

$73

Help! My Manuscript Needs Work—Troubleshooting Your Novel

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY

A great book hooks readers with engaging characters, compelling plot, strong scenes, gripping language, and a unified theme. Whew, so much to accomplish! For most writers, it takes more than one draft. Together we'll workshop the writing you've done; help you take a fresh look at your story; explore tools and techniques for reworking and […]

$210

Love and Theft: My All-time Favorite Short Stories

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY

2 Sessions Let's take an in-depth look at three classic short stories--stories that are widely praised, and anthologized. What elements makes them great? How does a piece of writing carry an emotional impact? Through close reading, analysis, and discussion we will learn how a story can be successful and what we can do to emulate […]

$97

Driven by Character

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

3 Mondays, June 17—July 1, 7 pm —9 pm It’s a popularly held opinion that there are only two types of stories: narratives driven by plot and narratives driven by character. But all stories are character driven stories. Readers don’t care how amazing the plot is, if your protagonist has the personality of sawdust, they're not […]

$132

Fiction Camp

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Jump-start your writing year by spending an invigorating week at Writers & Books. Perfect for getting those gears turning, each evening will feature a different teaching artist. In this course, we'll sharpen the skills necessary to make our fiction sizzle and pop off the page. This instructive workshop will include generative exercises to help you […]

$172

Writing the Short Story

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

4 Wednesdays, July 24 - August 14 If you have a short story you’ve been wrestling with for a year, this class will help you bring it home. If you have an idea you’ve been itching to turn into a short story but don’t know where to begin, this class will get you started. If […]

$139

Finishing Touches Fiction Workshop

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

4 Mondays, August 5—August 26, 7pm—9pm This workshop aims at going beyond the basics of editing your writing. Through close reading, dissection, and discussion of student and classic works of literature, we’ll learn how to sharpen our work. Discover how to develop your voice, keep your reader engaged, and polish out theme in this four-session workshop. […]

$139
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