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April 2020

Seeing Again: Digging Deeper for Revision

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

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:$65 Deadline to Register: April 3, 11:59 pm Instructor: Anais Salibian Once you have an initial draft, editing is not the next step. Discovering a new vision is. "Beneath the external…

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Your Story’s Setting is a Character

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

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: $65 Deadline to Register: April 17, 11:59 pm Instructor: Alex Sanchez In great fiction, the setting comes alive as a character. But what does that mean, and how can you…

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May 2020

Writing Past the First Draft

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$75

Member Price: $65 Deadline to Register: April 24, 11:59 pm Instructor: Liza Flum How do you shape a rough draft into a second, third, or twentieth draft? How do you know when a poem is really “finished?” Considering such approaches as Allen Ginsberg’s maxim of “first thought, best thought” and the famous advice to “kill your darlings,” we’ll intensively explore the craft of revision. Participants are asked to bring one draft to revise in class through generative writing exercises.  …

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Self-Editing Your Fiction

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$75

Member Price: $65 Deadline to Register: May 1, 11:59 pm Instructor: Alex Sanchez You’ve poured your heart and soul into your story or novel and you’re psyched to share it, but you know your manuscript needs editing. You can do a lot of editing on your own—if you understand how. Through editing examples, discussions, worksheets, and self-editing checklists, we’ll explore specific tools for revising and improving your manuscript at both the story arc and line-by-line levels.   Alex Sanchez has…

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Art of the Personal Essay

May 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$75

Member Price: $ 65 Deadline to Register: May 5, 11:59 pm Instructor: Joseph Carney Only we can best tell our stories. In this workshop, we will write, read, examine, and discuss personal essays, and gain skills for developing our own distinctive voices.

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Dialogue: Not Just Words, but Voices

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

Member Price: $65 Deadline to Register: May 8, 11:59 pm Instructor: Alex Sanchez Masters at writing dialogue can create magical, unique voices across dozens of characters, each distinct, memorable, and alive. Through readings, discussions, and writing exercises, we’ll explore how voice differs from dialogue; how to use rhythm, diction, and style to develop distinct voices; and how the words characters speak reveal emotions, psychology, and desires.   Alex Sanchez has published eight novels with Simon & Schuster, including the American…

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Starting Your Novel

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

Member Price: $65 Deadline to Register: May 15, 11:59 pm Instructor: J. Mulrooney Writing a novel is like running a marathon. Starting with six rules for novelists (Rule #3: What to do if you run out of ideas), identifying the practical how-tos of creating a larger work, and addressing the personal aspect of creative writing (no rules), we’ll explore strategies for sustaining our writing practice and going the distance.   J. Mulrooney is a high energy and supportive teacher who…

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Writer’s Block? Look Again

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

Member Price: $65 Deadline to Register:  May 15, 11:59 pm Instructor: Anais Salibian Ah, writer's block. Don't believe in it. Take this workshop and find out what it does to your brain and nervous system, and what to do about it. We'll discuss strategies and also dig deeper, looking into causes and doing exercises that put you back in the flow. If you're bogged down, bring your blank page, your frozen pen, and your willingness to experiment. If you're new…

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June 2020

The Circle of Life: Dancing and Writing with Nature

June 6 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$75

Member Price: $65 Deadline to Register: May 29, 11:59 pm Instructor: Daystar/Rosalie Jones The Native American HOOP symbolizes the “circle of life.” It was the Lakota holy man Black Elk who described all of the Creator’s work as a circle. It is our task to join that Circle in order to experience and understand the unity of all things. This workshop will begin with learning the basic “nature images” that can be created with the hoop, in stillness or in…

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