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March 2020

Fantastic Characters

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual Classroom NY United States
$22

Our workshops are moving to the virtual classroom! Through the magic of Zoom, you can fully participate–respond to prompts and exercises and interact with your instructor and fellow writers. The day before your workshop you’ll receive an email with your link to Zoom for your session.   Member Price: $22 Instructor: Alison Lyke Learn how to craft characters who feel authentic while they adventure through your science fiction and fantasy worlds. Practice techniques to help your characters act and react…

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April 2020

The Funny Business: Humor, Jokes, and Laughs

April 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Our workshops are moving to the virtual classroom! Through the magic of Zoom, you can fully participate–respond to prompts and exercises and interact with your instructor and fellow writers. The day before your workshop you’ll receive an email with a link to Zoom for your workshop session.    Member Price: $22 Deadline to Register: March 25, 11:59 pm Instructor: Kevin Markman Creating laughs is a great skill for developing whatever genre you work in, whether personal essay, novel, stand-up, storytelling,…

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Poetry that Blooms and Binds

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual Classroom NY United States
$25

Our workshops are moving to the virtual classroom! Through the magic of Zoom, you can fully participate–respond to prompts and exercises and interact with your instructor and fellow writers. The day before your workshop you’ll receive an email with a link to Zoom for your workshop session.    Member Price: $22 Instructor: Kristen Zory King Spring is in the air and with it, the opportunity to bloom creatively. Together we'll examine contemporary poems that celebrate, as Mary Oliver called, "the…

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“The There There”: Developing Landscape in Your Writing

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual Classroom NY United States
$25

Our April workshops are moving to the virtual classroom! Through the magic of Zoom, you can fully participate–respond to prompts and exercises and interact with your instructor and fellow writers. The day before your workshop you’ll receive an email with your link to Zoom for your session.   Member Price: $22 Instructor: July Westhale Utilizing examples from Richard Hugo's The Triggering Town, Nikki Finney's Head Off and Split, and Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina, this workshop will explore place…

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Fatal Flaws & Great Desires

April 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Virtual Classroom NY United States
$25

Our April workshops are moving to the virtual classroom! Through the magic of Zoom, you can fully participate–respond to prompts and exercises and interact with your instructor and fellow writers. The day before your workshop you’ll receive an email with your link to Zoom for your session.   Member price: $22 Instructor: Nina Alvarez Are you a fiction, nonfiction, or memoir writer with an established protagonist--but you’re having trouble working out a satisfying, compelling story arc? Using the "nutshell technique"…

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Beyond Inspiration: Searching for the origins of your poems

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

Our workshops are moving to the virtual classroom! Through the magic of Zoom, you can fully participate–respond to prompts and exercises and interact with your instructor and fellow writers. The day before your workshop you’ll receive an email with a link to Zoom for your workshop session.    Member Price: $ 22 Deadline to Register: April 3, 11:59 pm Instructor: Liza Flum By reading and completing in-class writing exercises, you will get in touch with your most generative material, gain…

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Nature Writing in a Time of Social Distancing: Field Trip, Field Notes and Online Sharing Session

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Virtual Classroom NY United States
$25

Member price: $22 Instructor: Celeste Schantz You’re on assignment, so grab your backpack (virtual or real), notebook and pen. In this class, you’ll be asked to go take a hike! You can start with memories of nature, look out your window or venture out into your yard. If conditions permit, you’ll be encouraged to go find that special place—whether it’s a city park, a secluded woodland, or a favorite hillside—and observe quietly and deeply. Either way, via your imagination or…

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Writing a Powerful Memoir I: Getting Started

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

Our workshops are moving to the virtual classroom! Through the magic of Zoom, you can fully participate–respond to prompts and exercises and interact with your instructor and fellow writers. The day before your workshop you’ll receive an email with a link to Zoom for your workshop session.    Member Price: $22 Deadline to Register: April 10, 11:59 pm Instructor: Mark Block Do you have a story to tell that might inspire or challenge others? In Part I, we’ll examine memoir…

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Writing an Intentional Book

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

Our workshops are moving to the virtual classroom! Through the magic of Zoom, you can fully participate–respond to prompts and exercises and interact with your instructor and fellow writers. The day before your workshop you’ll receive an email with a link to Zoom for your workshop session.    Member Price: $22 Deadline to Register: April 10, 11:59 pm Instructor: Robin Flanigan Perhaps it’s a calling or simply a wish to make the world a better place. Whatever the reason, writing…

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The No Show Performance For Poetry Workshop

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

Our workshops are moving to the virtual classroom! Through the magic of Zoom, you can fully participate–respond to prompts and exercises and interact with your instructor and fellow writers. The day before your workshop you’ll receive an email with a link to Zoom for your workshop session.    Member Price: $22 Deadline to Register: April 17, 11:59 pm Instructor: Karen Faris You’ve polished your poems and maybe had some published. Now it’s time to read them to an audience—but you’re…

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Writing a Powerful Memoir II: Share Your Writing

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

Our workshops are moving to the virtual classroom! Through the magic of Zoom, you can fully participate–respond to prompts and exercises and interact with your instructor and fellow writers. The day before your workshop you’ll receive an email with a link to Zoom for your workshop session.    Member Price: $22 Deadline to Register: April 18, 11:59 pm Instructor: Mark Block Memoirs inspire, challenge, and allow readers to identify with the writer’s experiences. In this workshop, we will briefly review…

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May 2020

Children’s Book Basics

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

Member Price: $22 Deadline to Register: April 24, 11:59 pm Instructor: Will Hubbell Published children’s book author and illustrator Will Hubbell will discuss the unique aspects of writing for young audiences. An in-class writing exercise will help speed you toward your goal.   Will Hubbell has worked in public television, academia, and advertising before becoming a full-time author. He has written and illustrated three children’s picture books, Pumpkin Jack, Apples Here!, and Snow Day Dance. He has also written science…

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Writing the Teenage Voice

May 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Member Price: $22 Deadline to Register: April 29, 11:59 pm Instructor: Leah Scheier Young Adult author Leah Scheier will offer pointers and advice to help bring your teen character to life. Group discussion will be catalyzed by writing an in-class, 500-750-word piece from the point of view of a teenager who has just discovered that their love interest has been unfaithful to them. The workshop will conclude with a brief Q & A.

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Writing a Powerful Memoir III: Revise, Edit & Polish

May 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Member Price: $22 Deadline to Register: May 1, 11:59 pm Instructor: Mark Block In advance of Part Three, participants are asked to submit several pages of their written work to submissions@wab.org. We will critique each participant's work, examining key aspects of memoir composition; and as a group, dive into grammar, syntax, usage, and more.   Mark Block is a semi-retired educator, classroom teacher and trainer. He also served as Adjunct Instructor at Syracuse University and Monroe Community College where he…

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June 2020

The Funny Business: Humor, Jokes, and Laughs II

June 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Member Price: $22 Deadline to Register: June 3, 11:59 pm Instructor: Kevin Markman Creating laughs is a great skill to develop for whatever form you work in--personal essay, novel, stand-up, storytelling, or twitter feed. We’ll collaboratively workshop your writing in a fun, supportive atmosphere to bring your act to the next level. Stay for the Comedy Open Mic afterward.   Kevin Markman is a standup comedian from Rochester, NY who has been making audiences laugh for five years with his…

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Write Like a Mad Scientist

June 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Member Price: $22 Deadline to Register: June 5, 11:59 pm Instructor: Joanne Brokaw Applying the improv principles of “Yes, and” and “There are no mistakes, only happy accidents” to writing, you will learn to silence your inner critic and let your process run wild. We'll mix writing sprints, prompts, and fun group exercises to encourage experimentation and share ideas.   Improvisor and award-winning writer Joanne Brokaw knows a thing or two about fear. Despite her list of creative accomplishments, for…

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