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June 2018

Who Will Tell Your Story? Is Anybody Listening?

June 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until June 29, 2018

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$252

Ages: 12-14 Today’s youth are destined to be members of an expansive global community. Their responsibility is to learn from history and develop the skills to become critical and creative thinkers, cultural bridge builders, and compassionate doers. As adults, we have an obligation to prepare them for becoming civic-minded, ethical, caring members of the communities to come. This class explores the historical and cultural underpinnings of the artistic, scientific, and philosophical contributions made by indigenous American and African peoples, as…

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July 2018

Afrofuturism and Black Panther

July 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 6, 2018

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$230

Ages: 12-14 Calling All World Makers! Blend Black Panther-like movie storytelling and writing with your own interpretation of distinctive African cultures, history, and Sci Fi fantasy. Using writer Octavia Butler’s model of Afrofuturism (the intersection of African/African-American culture with technology) to create your own “Wakandan-based kingdom.” Bring stability and peace to a dystopian world with magical amulets, future tech, and a foundation of myth, mystery, and history to create a newer and more evolved story-form. This camp will be enhanced…

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August 2018

World Building

August 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until August 10, 2018

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$126

Ages: 12-14 Who is the world’s second tallest man and how does he ride a bike or go shopping? What household objects do the miniature people in the classic book The Borrowers repurpose to create lives similar to our own? How does one get from the world of everyday life into a fantastical world— is it through a magic wardrobe, like in The Chronicles of Narnia? How might distant planets see the earth and tell a story about its inhabitants? Join us for…

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A Summer of Unfortunate Events

August 6, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until August 10, 2018

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$126

For ages 12-14 Dear Reader, If you are a writer (and I am sorry if you are) interested in creating happy endings, then you would be better off taking another class. Here, I am afraid, you will write zero happy endings. If you enjoy imagining such activities as camping on dangerous cliffs and swimming in leech-infested lakes, if you enjoy the sound of crying puppies and the taste of wormwood tea, please join me in following Lemony Snicket’s shadowy footsteps…

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I Wonder: Exploring Eternal Questions

August 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until August 17, 2018

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$252

Ages: 12-14 Do you enjoy arguing . . . in defense of your ideas? Are you endlessly curious? What about searching for what lies beneath the surface? If so, this is the camp for you! Become a modern-day philosopher, learning how to debate and write creatively. Your personal journal will help capture your impressions and refine your philosophy. Class activities include invigorating discussions, meaningful writing prompts, all in the agora-like setting of ancient Greece. Our experience this year will be…

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CLASS FULL: Writing with Light

August 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until August 17, 2018

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$300

Ages: 12-14 The word photography literally means “writing with light.” Combine the magic of film-based photography with the power of your words. Using a 35mm film camera (provided) and a pen and notebook, you will explore the uniqueness of the Neighborhood of the Arts. There will be opportunities to photograph and write about the outdoor art such as wall murals and sculptures, the interior and exterior details of the many historic buildings, and the gardens and natural areas. You will…

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Fairytale Heroines

August 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until August 24, 2018

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$126

Ages: 12-14 We’ve all learned about Sleepy Snow White and Drowsy Sleeping Beauty. But Fairy Tales worldwide feature heroines with a little more oomph who were much less likely to doze off at inopportune times. In this class students will explore fairy tale heroines and discuss new ways to look at some of the classics we’ve read since we were just little kids. Students will work together to create a class book of their very own modern fairy tales with…

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January 2019

Books Rock! FULL SERIES

January 31 @ 5:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$30

Introducing our NEW BOOK CLUB for Tweens and Teens (recommended ages 11-14). Join other avid readers and an experienced, engaging facilitator to discuss books in-depth. Plus, participants get to give input for future book selections! Jan 31: Join Chris Fanning (Professor Dalton to Hogwarts Academy graduates) on Harry Potter’s half birthday for an engaging discussion about the series. Topics may include: Horcruxes, good and evil throughout the series, characters and creatures inspired by real-life people and animals. Spoiler alert: All…

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Books Rock! Harry Potter

January 31 @ 5:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$12

Introducing our NEW BOOK CLUB for Tweens and Teens (recommended ages 11-14). Join other avid readers and an experienced, engaging facilitator to discuss books in-depth. Plus, participants get to give input for future book selections! Join Chris Fanning (Professor Dalton to Hogwarts Academy graduates) on Harry Potter’s half birthday for an engaging discussion about the series. Topics may include: Horcruxes, good and evil throughout the series, characters and creatures inspired by real-life people and animals. Spoiler alert: All 7 books…

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February 2019

Books Rock! The Hate U Give

February 28 @ 5:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$12

Introducing our NEW BOOK CLUB for Tweens and Teens (recommended ages 11-14). Join other avid readers and an experienced, engaging facilitator to discuss books in-depth. Plus, participants get to give input for future book selections! Join Leslie C. Youngblood, author of Love Like Sky, for a lively discussion of the hit book The Hate U Give. Leslie brings the unique perspective of having personally interviewed author Angie Thomas, so you are in for a real treat!   Through the generosity of…

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March 2019

Books Rock! Graphic Novel: Smile

March 21 @ 5:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$12

Introducing our NEW BOOK CLUB for Tweens and Teens (recommended ages 11-14). Join other avid readers and an experienced, engaging facilitator to discuss books in-depth. Plus, participants get to give input for future book selections! Join acclaimed YA author Alex Sanchez, who has a graphic novel forthcoming in 2020, for an engaging book discussion. Raina Telgemeier's popular book Smile will be the topic of discussion for this engaging event!

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July 2019

Senior Sleuths (July 8 – July 12)

July 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$126.00

(MORNINGS: for ages 12-14) This mystery camp for experienced detectives will help you hone your skills as sleuths, critical thinkers, and writers. With lots of logic puzzles and gruesome crimes, and plenty of opportunity to write your own mysteries, you’ll learn about the process of deduction and how logic helps us not only solve mysteries but learn and live well every day. Students will plan the perfect way to murder the instructor and get away with it (No actual murders…

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Fiction in a Flash (July 8 – July 12)

July 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$126.00

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 12-14) How many words do you need to create a compelling story? Fewer than you think! Flash fiction is the art of crafting a very short story in which each and every word is essential. In this camp, we will learn about all the elements of fiction writing and how they relate to this unique form of storytelling. We will learn how to hook and captivate our reader, add unexpected twists and surprise endings, all while creating…

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World Building (July 15 – July 19)

July 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$126.00

(MORNINGS: for ages 12-14) Dragon riders! Snow storms on Jupiter! Join us for an exploration of surprising worlds, from fantasy to science fiction and everything in between. Learn new perspectives from which to build in-depth worlds in your creative writing. Together we will investigate classic tales of unconventional peoples and how stories are told. Every student will create the building blocks for a fictional world, which could include a map, “rules” for the world, characters, illustrations, and the beginnings of…

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Afrofuturism: Writing a New World (July 15 – July 19)

July 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$126.00

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 12-14) Calling All World Makers! Using elements of science fiction, Afrofuturism explores the intersection of African/African-American culture with technology and ecology in order to interrogate and re-examine historical events. In this camp you will get to create a unique never-seen-before world! With magical amulets, future tech, mythology, mystery, history, and YOUR imagination, you will create a story in the hottest new literary genre: Afrofuturism!

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August 2019

Writing with Light (August 12 – August 16)

August 12 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$300.00

(ALL DAY: for ages 12-14) The word photography literally means “writing with light.” Combine the magic of film-based photography with the power of your words. Using a 35mm film camera (provided) and a pen and notebook, you will explore the uniqueness of the Neighborhood of the Arts. There will be opportunities to photograph and write about outdoor art such as wall murals and sculptures, the interior and exterior details of the many historic buildings, and the gardens and natural areas.…

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I Wonder: Exploring Eternal Questions (August 19 – August 23)

August 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until August 23, 2019

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$252.00

(ALL DAY: for ages 12-14) Do you enjoy arguing . . . in defense of your ideas? Are you endlessly curious? What about searching for what lies beneath the surface? If so, this is the camp for you! Become a modern- day philosopher, learning how to debate and write creatively. Your personal journal will help capture your impressions and refine your philosophy. Class activities include invigorating discussions, meaningful writing prompts, all in an agora-like setting like ancient Greece. Our experience…

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CANCELED: We Breathe Fire: Poetry Slam (August 26 – August 30)

August 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$126.00

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 12-14) Slam Poetry is an art form where performance meets reality. It is used to show one's story, to speak and breathe life into a poem. Spoken word is an outlet. A voice for those to shine and bring words to life—from sharing a funny moment to grappling with challenges, from celebrating joys to speaking out against injustices. You will study the works of traditional and contemporary poetry that will help inform and strengthen your own writing.…

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What is the World Coming To?! Exploring Dystopian Lit (August 26 – August 30)

August 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until August 30, 2019

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$126.00

(MORNINGS: ages 12-14) A dystopia is an imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice, but is it really just imagined – or do we currently live in a dystopian society? In this camp, we will discuss the background and history of the genre of dystopian fiction with special attention to the classic dystopian novel 1984. Through readings, discussion, movie clips, and writing exercises, this class will explore how fictional dystopian worlds share characteristics with and…

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