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May 2019

Mini 7: Writing Exercises

May 11, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$10.00

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!

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Beginning Poetry

May 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$132.00

4 Sessions Curious about poetry but not sure how to get started? In this class we'll develop your creative writing in a supportive environment. We'll workshop student poems, read contemporary poets, review traditional forms, and explore different styles.

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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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Mini 8: Editing Out Ego and Fear

May 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10.00

Mini 8: Editing Out Ego and Fear Practicing reflection and fearlessness is an important part of writing, both in initially putting words on the page and during the revision process. This means cutting away at some of the fluff that obscures our work when we transpose ourselves too heavily over characters or narrative. This class is presented as a part of CosmoCon.

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Love and Theft: My All-time Favorite Short Stories

May 25, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$97.00

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 its strengths.

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June 2019

Blogging 201

June 4, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$49.00

1 Session Are you a blogger and you want to build traffic and interaction? Jane Sutter, owner of Sutter Communications and an experienced blogger, will teach proven strategies on how to grow your audience. Jane will share case studies of how successful bloggers do it. The class will be focused on actions that achieve results. Attendees should have an established blog or have taken Jane's class Blogging 101 at Writers & Books.

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Writing Poetry in the style of Frank O’Hara

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

1 Session Frank O'Hara ignored the poetic rules of his time and wrote with uninhibited play of the imagination, generous emotions, and ordinary events. He saw poetry as something living, not academic. His style opened up poetry for generations to come. Like us, he juggled the contradictory components of modern life. Come study his work, attempt his style, and expand your own poetry. In this workshop we will read some of his work, discuss it and be inspired to write…

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Writing the Labyrinth

June 12, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$49.00

New date: Wednesday, June 12 1 Session The labyrinth is an ancient geometric pattern, usually circular, formed of intertwined spirals with a single path leading to the center. The path in is the same path out (unlike a maze, which has numerous choices of routes and is designed to confuse). Walking the labyrinth activates the problem-solving left brain. As a leading labyrinth researcher, writes, “A walker leaving the labyrinth is not the same person who entered it, but has been…

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Mini 1: Writing From Family Photographs

June 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10.00

Mini 1: Writing From Family Photographs - Please bring a few photographs   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!

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Driven by Character

June 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$132

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 reading it. In this course, we’ll explore how to deepen our characters. Learn how to draft compelling inner and outer motivations, how to give your…

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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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Marketing Your Book

June 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$73.00

1 Saturday, 10am-1pm Have you written a great book but it is not selling the way you hoped? Are you in the process of writing a great book and want to know how to launch it properly? This workshop will guide you through the distribution, marketing, and promotional side of things. We will cover how to find your readers and introduce them to your book, get your book set up in distribution channels, and give you an overview of the…

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Mini 2: How to Start Your Novel

June 22, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10

Mini 2: How to Start Your Novel 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!   J. Mulrooney’s An Equation of Almost Infinite Complexity made him a finalist for the Campbell award for best new writer of science fiction and…

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The World of Natural Poetry

June 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$139

4 Tuesdays, June 25 - July 16 This class examines poetry and the inspiration from nature: what nature teaches us and what we can learn from writing poetry based on nature. We'll use exercises and discussions on equanimity, balance, life cycles, change, beauty, and restoration. The practice of writing in nature restores our relationship with ourselves and the world around us.   Joel Lesses’s passions include the intersection of poetry, spirituality, science, and psychology shared and disparate in the human experience. …

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Experimental Storytelling: Writing Through Artifacts

June 29, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
740 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$49.00
Erin Dorney and Tyler Barton Fear No Lit

1 Session Great great works of literature have been told via lists, powerpoints, tweetstorms, hotel reviews, recommendation letters, emails, youtube comments, .gifs... The first novels ever written were made-up diary entries. One of the best poems published last year was a flowchart. The number of forms your writing can take is endless. This generative workshop will explore a variety of modern, experimental forms for stories, poems, and essays, providing attendees with resources and writing exercises to explore.

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Mini 3: Story Structure

June 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10

Mini 3: Story Structure 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!   Jennifer Blanchard is a best-selling author, a screenwriter, a Developmental Book Editor and the Writing Industry's Mindset Coach. It's her mission in life to change the way…

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July 2019

Mini 4: Writing Exercises

July 13, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10

Mini 4: 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!   Matt Kotula lives in Rochester and writes poetry and fiction. He received his MFA from Rutgers University. He is an adjunct instructor at SUNY Brockport, where he…

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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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Fiction Camp

July 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$172.00

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 improve your fiction, and is perfect for beginning writers and advanced writers alike looking to hone their skills in the topic areas.   Monday, July…

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Write Around the Block: Writing Short Plays for Street Performance

July 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$20

For one session we will explore the dramatic/comedic world of daily street life: the traffic, the vehicles, the people who use our streets. We’ll create short plays that address how we make public spaces-- streets and sidewalks--less automobile-centric, and more people/community focused and friendly for all users. From the lemonade stand to the skateboarder to the bus rider, we all use the street. We hope to gather enough material for a street performance at Fringe on September 21.

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Make It Snappy: Writing Picture Books for Today’s Market

July 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$139

4 Tuesdays, July 16—August 6 Picture books are fun, lively, and engaging…but they aren’t as easy to write as they seem! In this course, you’ll learn the ins and outs of picture book writing, from generating fresh ideas to polishing your manuscript. You’ll discover how to pace your story, use page turns for suspense and humor, and find your snappy, picture-book-style voice. Students will leave with at least one polished manuscript and a notebook full of potential story ideas.  …

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Renew Your Writing with a Journal

July 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$49

1 Saturday, July 20 10 am—12 pm Life is full of experiences to capture in writing, even when we think we don't have time. In this class you will learn how to fit personal writing into your busy schedule, techniques for self discovery and quick methods for capturing ideas for writing projects. New and seasoned journal keepers are welcome.   Nancy Steinkamp, MS, CTRS is a certified journal writing instructor, who has studied with the Center for Journal Therapy and the…

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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

Creating Compelling and Diverse Characters

October 2, 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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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 Fiction Workshop

October 16, 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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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 an Identity Narrative

October 22, 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
$225

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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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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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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