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July 2018

The Hermit Crab: Write Provocatively

July 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$172.00

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.

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Gell Intensive

July 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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In this one-day intensive workshop, students will immerse themselves in the study of their chosen genre with some of the area’s top writers and teachers. This intensive includes four hours of workshops with peers, generative exercises, and one publishing panel to discuss topics ranging from “How do I find an agent?” to “Should I submit to literary contests?” Some partial, needs-based scholarships will be available. All meals will be provided. If you missed out last year, here’s your opportunity to…

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Writing Funny

July 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$139.00

Nothing is more rewarding than (intentionally) making your audience laugh. You understand humor, you have a funny idea, now write it! In this course, you’ll pitch, develop, and write a complete short humorous piece of your choosing. Along the way, you’ll share and get feedback from your classmates to see what’s working and what isn’t. Following the course, you’ll have the opportunity to read your work to a live audience.

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August 2018

Veterans Writing Group

August 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Focus of the Veterans Writing Group is creative nonfiction, drawn from the wartime and peacetime experiences of veterans and their family members. Prompts are used to generate original writing. Works are read aloud and workshopped by other participants. The intent of the class is to help vets write about their experiences in their own words for archival, historical, or literary purposes. The National Endowment for the Arts' Operation Homecoming: A Guide for Writers is the source document for this ongoing…

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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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September 2018

Veterans Writing Group

September 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Focus of the Veterans Writing Group is creative nonfiction, drawn from the wartime and peacetime experiences of veterans and their family members. Prompts are used to generate original writing. Works are read aloud and workshopped by other participants. The intent of the class is to help vets write about their experiences in their own words for archival, historical, or literary purposes. The National Endowment for the Arts' Operation Homecoming: A Guide for Writers is the source document for this ongoing…

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October 2018

The Family of Things: Writing the Self and Nature through the Work of Mary Oliver

October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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$139.00

Mary Oliver's writing connects the human with the universal of nature, of the earth. She focuses on the importance of observation, and writes of paying attention and being open to being astonished. Through a deep, day-long exploration of Oliver’s poetry and essays in the natural beauty of the Gell Center in Bristol, we will write in multiple forms, ultimately unmasking our truths, and following Oliver’s advice to share our stories. Light lunch included.

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April 2019

Taste of Writers & Books, Ages 10-13

April 15 @ 9:00 am - April 19 @ 3:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$225
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Sign up for all 5 days of April Break for ages 10-13 and save!

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