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July 2019

Mini 5: Writing from TV & Film

July 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$10

Mini 5: Writing from TV & Film Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a longer class? These fun, low-cost sessions are a good way to meet our instructors, share with fellow students, and get writing! These classes are popular, so register early to get a spot!   Alex Sanchez has published eight novels with Simon & Schuster, including the American Library Association “Best Book for Young Adults” Rainbow Boys and Lambda Award-winning…

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Poetry Camp (class full)

July 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NY United States
$172.00

5 Sessions, Monday-Friday Ignite or re-energize your poetry by spending an invigorating week at Writers & Books. Perfect for getting those gears turning, each evening will feature a different teaching artist.  This course will include generative exercises and discussion of your own as well as published poems to help you get the most out of your work. A perfect fit for beginning poets as well as poets looking to reinvigorate their lines.   Teaching artists will include Sarah Freligh, Anastasia…

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Hogwarts…for Adults!

July 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - July 26, 2019 @ 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$12

7:00pm - 8:30pm Monday-Friday, July 22-26, 2019 Have you always secretly wished you could be a student at Hogwarts? Consider this your owl! During the week of July 22-26, while our whole building is decorated for our youth Hogwarts program, you can now come study with your peers. Seasoned professors will share their wisdom of wizardry with you. Attend one, a few, or the whole week! Hogwarts 1: Book Discussion with Chris Fanning Monday, July 22 Are you an adult that…

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Writing the Short Story

July 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$139

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 you’ve never written a short story in your life, this class will open the door. We will discuss the basic elements of story: plot, character,…

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Screenwriting: The Basics

July 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$139

4 Saturdays July 27 - August 17 This class will focus on writing scene structure, plotting, treatments, synopses; how a screenplay differs from a stage play; how we generate ideas and characters. There will be some homework and there will be popcorn.   Paula Marchese studied Theatre at the University of Michigan BA and MA. In addition to acting off-Broadway and in regional theatre, she was a founding member in the New York and Los Angeles wings of Ensemble Studio…

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Mini 6: Magazines, Agents, and Contests: Am I ready to send stuff out?

July 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10

Mini 6: Magazines, Agents, and Contests: Am I ready to send stuff out? Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a longer class? These fun, low-cost sessions are a good way to meet our instructors, share with fellow students, and get writing! These classes have been popular, so register early to get a spot!   Brian Wood holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Jose State University. He has served as 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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Mini 7: Writing Exercises

August 3, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10

Mini 7: Writing Exercises Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a longer class? These fun, low-cost sessions are a good way to meet our instructors, share with fellow students, and get writing! These classes have been popular, so register early to get a spot!   Brian Wood holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Jose State University. He has served as the Managing Editor of Reed Magazine, as well as Fiction…

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Finishing Touches Fiction Workshop

August 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$139

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. Once we’ve honed these finishing touches, we will also discuss strategies for sending out work. Students should be prepared to share a 10-15 page sample…

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Mini 8: Writing Exercises

August 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10

Mini 7: Writing Exercises Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a longer class? These fun, low-cost sessions are a good way to meet our instructors, share with fellow students, and get writing! These classes have been popular, so register early to get a spot. Joel Lesses’s passions include the intersection of poetry, spirituality, science, and psychology shared and disparate in the human experience.  Joel was nominated for Best Poet in 2013 and 2014…

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Mini 9: Improv for Writers

August 17, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10

Mini 9: Improv for Writers Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a longer class? These fun, low-cost sessions are a good way to meet our instructors, share with fellow students, and get writing! These classes have been popular, so register early to get a spot!   Improvisor, columnist, and award-winning freelance writer Joanne Brokaw is the author of “What The Dog Said,” a collection of her newspaper columns. A memoir about her…

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September 2019

Writing the Self and Nature through the Work of Emily Dickinson

September 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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$132
Treehouse

Gell One-Day Intensive Instructors: Karen Van Meenen and Patricia Roth Schwartz Deadline to Register: September 27, 4:00 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

Poetry As Survival

October 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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$165

Gell One-Day Intensive 1 Session, October 5, 10 am - 5 pm 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…

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

October 5, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

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, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$65

Special Topic Workshop: 1 Session Saturday, October 12, 10 am - 12:30 pm 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…

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Children’s Book Basics

October 12, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25
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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The Ecstatic Ekphrastic: Craft Workshop

October 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$65

Special Topic Workshop: 1 Session Instructor: Terry Blackhawk Deadline to Register: October 16, 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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Telling A Tale with Improv

October 19, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

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 from Family Photographs

October 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$75

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, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

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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November 2019

This Is Your Life! Writing a Powerful Memoir

November 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Mini Workshop Instructor: Mark Block This class is now full. 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…

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Joke Writing Workshop

November 5, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$15

Would you like help crafting and sharpening your stand-up act? We’ll collaboratively workshop your jokes in a fun and supportive atmosphere to bring each comedian’s act to the next level. Participants will receive priority slots at the open mic. Kevin Markman has performed comedy for over five years. He has even been funny. He started taking classes at Writers & Books and now hosts the Open Mic for over two years. He performs around Upstate NY, the East Coast, and…

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Creating Compelling and Diverse Characters

November 6, 2019 @ 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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Convergence: Nature, Writing, and Healing

November 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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$165

Gell One-Day Intensive 1 Session November 9, 10 am - 5 pm Instructor: Anais Salibian Deadline to Register: November 8, 12:00 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, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Mini Workshop Instructor: Alex Sanchez This class is now full. 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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Make a Scene! Crafting the Building Blocks of a Story

November 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$75

Special Topic Workshop: 1 Session, Saturday November 16, 10 am - 12:30 pm Instructor: Alex Sanchez 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 and outer conflicts; incorporating sensory details; choosing…

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Finding Your Voice With a Journal

November 16, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

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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The Fiction Workshop

November 20, 2019 @ 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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Special Effect Sentences

November 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$75
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, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

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 a 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…

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Writing an Identity Narrative

November 26, 2019 @ 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
$265

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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December 2019

Joke Writing Workshop

December 3, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$15

Would you like help crafting and sharpening your stand-up act? We’ll collaboratively workshop your jokes in a fun and supportive atmosphere to bring each comedian’s act to the next level. Kevin Markman has performed comedy for over five years. He has even been funny. He started taking classes at Writers & Books and now hosts the Open Mic for over two years. He performs around Upstate NY, the East Coast, and even Hawaii, nominated for RocAwards Best Stand Up Comedian,…

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The Art of Astonishment

December 7, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

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 predictable writing patterns? We'll identify the ways that poems diverge from familiar paths and swerve into astonishment, paying close attention to work…

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Writing A Powerful Memoir Part II: Share Your Work

December 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

As discussed in Part I, Memoirs are meant to be shared; to inspire, challenge and allow readers to identify with the writer’s experiences both intellectually and emotionally. Not an easy task! In Part II, we will briefly review the criteria for composing a powerful Memoir. Then, each participant will share their Memoir theme and read through at least one complete and polished section (anecdote). You should be ready to discuss how you might continue/complete your Memoir, listing anecdotes that would…

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January 2020

Your One Wild and Precious Life: Writing and Yoga

January 4 @ 10:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$75

Member price:$65 Instructor: Marjana Ababovic Mary Oliver asks in her poem “The Summer Day”: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” This workshop will make you pause with questions: What would you like to focus on this year? How to uncover your forgotten dreams? What is meaningful to you? How do you want to live your life? How to make the best of 2020? The workshop will include guided personal writing,…

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Getting Started: Form and Content for the Beginning Writer

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

Member price: $22 Instructor: Anais Salibian Do you have an urge to write even though you are not clear what you want to write about? This workshop will get you going with prompts designed to help you generate material in various genres. You’ll learn to  approach writing in three stages: getting words on the page, asking yourself the right questions during revision, and editing skillfully. We also will explore how fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir overlap (or don’t) and what…

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Stranger Things: Intro to Sci Fi and Fantasy Flash Fiction

January 18 @ 10:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$75

Member price:$65 Instructor: Celeste Schantz-Kovachi Do you have a story to tell? Fantastic worlds to share? Characters in your head? Join fellow creative writers to encounter wild fiction that will have you falling through wormholes and sipping tea by the pool with replicants. Discover how to share your own stranger things, dreams, and nightmare visions in beautiful, brief detail. In this workshop, you'll read some fantastic examples of uncanny speculative flash fiction. Several unconventional writing techniques will be shared; then…

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Finding Your Voice with a Journal

January 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Member price: $22 Instructor: Nancy Steinkamp What do Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, C.S. Lewis, and Anais Nin have in common? They are all published authors who kept a journal, the container that holds a writer’s fullest expression. In this class, we will experience a variety of writing techniques that adapt to the changing landscape of our lives and help us to identify subjects to explore, and develop a writing habit. By learning to alter our perspectives, connect with the deeper…

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Speculative Nonfiction

January 25 @ 10:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$65

Member price:$65 Deadline to register: January 17, 11:59 pm Instructor: Sonya Bilocerkowycz Nonfiction is often understood to be the genre most bound by “facts” and “truth.” But as nonfiction writers, we recognize that sometimes a thing that feels true may not be so easily categorized. What, for example, is the role of imagination in nonfiction? Of memories misremembered? Of theorizing? Of cultural myths, or dreams, or hallucinations? Contemporary essayists Robin Hemley and Leila Philip suggest that speculative nonfiction “concerns itself…

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Poetry: Getting Unstuck

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

Member price: $22 Instructor: David Ruekberg Writer’s Block: Is there such a thing? William Stafford’s solution was to ignore “high standards” and “get into action.” Expecting every piece of writing to say it all creates pressure. Exercising your writing muscles every day, however, can help prepare you for the moment when the big piece needs to be lifted into life. In this class, we’ll explore ways to keep moving through the doldrums, including journaling, art, music, news, supermarket chatter, or…

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February 2020

Overcome Writer’s Block: Break Through the Resistance that Keeps You From Writing

February 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Member price: $22 Through writing exercises, discussions, and readings we’ll explore ways to tackle the blank page (or screen), silence the inner critic, and ease the anxiety of starting and finishing a writing project. Recommended Bibliography: The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield Alex Sanchez has published eight novels with Simon & Schuster, including the American Library Association “Best Book for Young Adults” Rainbow Boys and Lambda Award-winning So Hard to Say. His novel Bait won the Tomas Rivera Mexican-American…

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Opportunity Spaces: Exploring the Flat Spots in Story

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$65

Member Price: $65 Deadline to Register: January 31, 11:59 pm Instructor: Robert Glick In sentence, summary, and scene, works that are in process inevitably contain flat spots—unnecessary abstractions, unexplored character traits, buried thematics—that can undermine the power of the story. In this workshop, we will learn to recognize these flat spots as opportunity spaces, which, through expansion, give us room to breathe life into our stories and novels.  Recommended Bibliography: Bluets by Maggie Nelson Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje…

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Telling Secrets

February 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Member price: $22 Instructor: Liza Flum What would you say if no one was listening? Can poetry give us the space to write what we cannot say in everyday life? In this workshop, we’ll look at writers who turn to poetry as a way of expressing taboo, marginal, secret, or buried topics. We will talk about how we can create space in our own work to write about experiences and thoughts we find difficult to speak out loud. Generative in-…

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Fiction Writer’s Workshop

February 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, repeating until February 13, 2020

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

Member price:$225 Instructor: Brian Wood Writing is both an art and a craft. Sometimes writing can be spiritual, healing, an exuberance of creativity. The editing and crafting of words typically can feel just like work. But it's the work that provides rewards. Through careful examination of participants’ writing, this workshop will help you hone your craft and ready your writing for publication. You can look forward to engaging class discussions on the craft of fiction and how to strengthen your…

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The Healing Power of Personal Writing

February 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Member price: $22 Instructor: Karen vanMeenen Personal writing can help us understand ourselves and our place in the world. This workshop 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, you will learn a variety of strategies for establishing a regular practice for personal writing in various forms. Karen vanMeenen has served as the Coordinator of Writers & Books’ Rochester Reads program…

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Memoir in Fragments

February 18 @ 2:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$65

Member price:$65 Deadline to register: February 10, 11:59 pm Instructor: Gail Hosking Do you ever feel overwhelmed about writing your past because it feels like too big of a task? Our memories and thoughts come in fragments. We can push through the opposition by using prompts as a springboard to generate small pieces and find ways into your stories of the past. We will play with language as we learn about the craft of scene, summary, reflection, and causal logic.…

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Writing Your Memoirs: The Surprise Story of Your Life

February 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until March 4, 2020

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

Member price:$225 Instructor: Anais Salibian Writing does more than put down what you already know; it helps you discover new meanings. If you're interested in writing about your life but don't know where to start, this is the class for you. We'll discuss different forms of memoir and do writing exercises that will help you find the stories inside the flow of events in your life. Writing does more than put down what you already know; it helps you discover…

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Character Driven Fiction: Making it Happen

February 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 19, 2020

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

Member price:$225 Deadline to register: January 12, 11:59 pm Instructor: David Seaburn E.M. Forster suggested that if an author writes that the King died and then the Queen died, there is no plot for the story; but if the author writes that the King died and then the Queen died of grief, the writer has provided a plot line. It is through the nuanced complexity of characters’ internal lives and external actions that plots are driven. Participants in this workshop…

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A Sense of Place in Narrative Nonfiction

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$75

Member price: $75 Deadline to register: February 14, 11:59 pm Instructor: Michael J. McGandy Writing successfully with place in mind is tricky. Locality gives narrative non-fiction work focus, verisimilitude, and grit. It also can limit the audience and fail to pass the “so what?” test. Senior Acquisitions Editor Michael J. McGandy will consult with authors who are developing narrative non-fiction projects: from concept and proposal, then pitching, and to writing. We’ll also examine specific case studies of successful and failed…

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Hidden Figures: How Inanimate Objects Help Us See Ourselves

February 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Member price: $22 Instructor: Alicia Hoffman How can writing behind the concealment of a mask both free and reveal us? What would your favorite blanket tell you if it could speak? Or the single hawk feather found on a trail in the deep woods? Or the radio tower looming over the city skyline? In this generative workshop, we will explore, through reading and writing our own work, how taking on the persona of the many inanimate figures that populate our…

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