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June 2016

Submitting to Literary Journals

June 25, 2016 @ 10:00 am
$73

S16-B12

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April 2018

Written With the Body: Compositional Improvision

April 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$88

Experimental, risky, playful, vulnerable, and generative, Compositional Improvisation is a fully embodied practice of composing (individually and collaboratively) with movement, text, sound, and space in the moment to create fully realized “pieces” without rehearsal or planning. Together we’ll develop our ability to “make it up” by honing our attention to choice-making and the elements of composition on and off the page.

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May 2018

Submitting to Literary Journals

May 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$73

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 have the tools you need to start submitting, and send your darlings into the world! NOTE: New date: Tuesday, May 8 (moved from April 24)

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June 2018

Walking With Poets IV: Choosing a Response (Ekphrasis: painting)

June 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until June 29, 2018

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$104

What is the dialogue between painting and word? Sometimes a good match provides an excellent prompt to a surprising insight. In the first session, we will analyze the craft of both art and poem and discuss correspondences as well as examine how different painters respond to the same subject. We will end the session at the Memorial Art Museum to choose a work of art or perhaps several works of art. The second session we’ll focus on writing and revising…

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July 2018

Poetry Writing: From Form to Free Verse

July 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$139.00

Lamenting the turn away from formal verse, Robert Frost said that free verse poetry is like playing tennis without a net. In this course, we will learn from form how to build nets in free verse. Each week we will focus on discussing a particular form of poetry (sonnets, villanelles, sestinas, etc.), concluding with free verse-learning lessons about how poets use each form differently to construct tension and drama; and we will workshop newly generated poems. Students will learn the…

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August 2018

Poetry Reading for Fiction Writers

August 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

William Carlos Williams said that poetry is a machine made out of words, but maybe poetry is just a prime vehicle for showing how all writing is a machine. This course will examine key tools in the poet's toolbox (syntax, line, sound play) and explore how poetry's lessons can be incorporated into prose writing. The course will be half reading-based and half workshops.

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Erasure Poetry

August 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$49.00

In this workshop, participants will learn about and try their hand at erasure poems. Also known as blackout poems, erasure poems are culled from a source text that is (in many cases) not inherently poetic. Source texts could include scientific textbooks, political speeches, celebrity interviews, or national park brochures. The writer then erases or blacks out the majority of the words (redacting), with the remaining words creating the poem. Publication of erasure poetry will also be covered.   Come see…

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October 2018

Beginning Poetry

October 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

Do you have a way with words? Would you like to develop it into something more? In our six-week course, we will read contemporary poets, discuss craft, dive into writing exercises, workshop poems, and work toward creating a submission to send out into the world! We will do all of this in a challenging but supportive classroom.

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November 2018

Ekphrastic Poetry

November 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

Ekphrastic poetry is the poet’s response to a work of art. In this course, you will respond to various art forms in poetry, becoming acquainted with the history of the form, and write poems that place you in conversation with the arts. Through generative exercises, explorative prompts, and the feedback and support of your peers, you will leave this course with a small collection of ekphrastic poems.

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January 2019

Vision and Process in Poetry: Inspired by Monet

January 5, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

Poets need to learn from painters, says Horace. The Monet exhibit at Memorial Art Gallery, featuring eight paintings of the Waterloo bridge, provides a unique study of serial painting, emphasizing atmosphere instead of a subject. In this workshop, we’ll read ekphrastic poems responding to Monet paintings to identify successful use of craft and how it corresponds to Monet's brushwork, color palette, and choice of perspective. We’ll tour the exhibit at the MAG, sketch responses with words and receive input. The…

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February 2019

The Twenty-Fifth Poem: Poetry Manuscripts and Chapbooks

February 4, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$210

“Did I mention to you Robert Frost's remark — it is a very Horatian remark — that if you have a book of twenty-four poems, the book itself should be the twenty-fifth? And I have tried that every time, every time.”--James Wright This six-week workshop will focus on the various strategies for organizing a chapbook or full-length collection of poems and why sequence matters. Required texts: Frost’s North of Boston and Kim Addonizio’s Tell Me.

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Poetry and the Natural World

February 28, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

Poet Billy Collins tells us “the birds are in their trees,...and the poets are at their windows.” Are you at your window or out in the wild? Contemporary nature poems touch on feelings about nature, metaphorical and symbolic meanings, or issues of ecology. We will read poems and essays, discuss human-nature relationship, danger, healing, and craft. You will have a chance to write, revise and present to classmates.

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March 2019

Disrupted Narratives: Telling a Story Slant

March 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$49

Poetry is a concise form, one enacts an experience of something. What about the narratives that are more difficult to tell? What about grief, or disruption, or alterations, or marginalized experiences? Enter the disrupted form! In this class, we’ll look at various craft techniques that do exactly that. We’ll discuss them each, make a study of supplied poems in said categories, and then create our own. See July Westhale read on March 22 at 7pm!

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May 2019

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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June 2019

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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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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July 2019

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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