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June 2018

Meet the Magic Dragon

June 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 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
$126

Are you a serious writer or artist? Would you like to see your work in print? This workshop provides a real opportunity for advanced students to have work considered for publication in The Magic Dragon, an award-winning, local art and literary magazine for young people. Each student will receive a complimentary copy of The Magic Dragon to see first-hand examples of previously selected works, and read its “how-to” articles on writing or producing quality artwork in fun ways. The goal…

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CLASS FULL: Percy Jackson’s Greek Myth Readers’ Theatre

June 25, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until June 29, 2018

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

Ages: 8-11 When New York middle school student Percy Jackson finds out he is a Demi-god, the Greek myths come alive in a way he would never have imagined! We’ll explore his adventures, and learn about Greek gods, heroes, and modern-day Demi-god heroes along the way. You’ll get to create your own hero and act out brief role-plays based on the adventures of Demi-god heroes. With your team, you’ll practice a reader’s theatre skit based on a chapter of a…

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July 2018

Flash Fiction

July 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$104

Ages: 8-11 Flash fiction is a short form of writing in which every word is essential. These stories have a rhythm and foundation of character, setting, and plot. We’ll learn to hook the reader quickly and then, through an unexpected twist, leave the reader wanting more. In writing our own pieces, we’ll analyze the power of words and learn to be concise. Editing will be a key component, as will feedback from peers and the teacher.

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Flash Nonfiction

July 5, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$104

Ages: 8-11 Much like flash fiction, flash nonfiction is a short form of writing in which every word is essential. You will have the chance to write true stories from your own life, focusing on topics and experiences that are important to you, and learning the skills to condense the stories down to their most important elements, to be concise. Just like with fiction, we will examine rhythm, character, setting, and plot. Editing will be a key component, as will…

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Supernatural Shakespeare

July 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 13, 2018

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

Ages: 8-11 Calling young thespians! We’ll spend the week walking into the world of William Shakespeare, with special focus on his use of the supernatural in his plays. We’ll explore his life and times and learn the secrets to his use of language. We’ll play theatre games, peek into some of his otherworldly plots and characters, and even learn how to ward off the curse of The Scottish Play! Come, let’s cook up some chaos, incite some sibling rivalry, get…

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Heroes of Social Justice

July 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until July 13, 2018

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$121

Ages: 8-11 In honor of the 200th birthday of  Frederick Douglass, we will celebrate heroes around the world who stand up for justice and freedom. We will learn about local heroes in our history like Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, as well as today’s heroes and innovators such as refugee and Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini, human rights activist Yeonmi Pak, and more! You will have an opportunity to write a true life story or skit that is as magical and…

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My Name in Print

July 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 20, 2018

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

Ages: 8-11 Write, write, write! We will spend the first part of the course producing poems, stories, journal entries, and creative essays through imaginative writing prompts. Participants will be encouraged to try all genres, but will focus on the one(s) they feel most passionately about. Participants will learn to make the most of their writing by sharpening their editing and revising skills. Then they will select their favorite work, which will become part of a class anthology. At the end,…

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Fantastic Beasts 101

July 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until July 20, 2018

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$136

Ages: 8-11 Are you a young magizoologist (a person who studies magical creatures)? Are you considering a career in the Department for the Regulation & Control of Magical Creatures? If so, Fantastic Beasts 101 is for you! Join fellow creature hunters as we prepare our own magizoologist kits and scour the Neighborhood of the Arts for different beasts from the Harry Potter universe. We’ll study their muggle-concealment techniques and defense tactics, analyze their behavior and habits (a visit from the…

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Riding & Writing

July 30, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until August 3, 2018

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$385

Ages: 8-11 Horseback riding and creative writing combined! We’ll spend the full day Tuesday and Thursday at Double G Ranch in Bergen (transportation from W&B will be provided), working with real horses! We’ll learn horse care and riding skills. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be spent at Writers & Books making our own horse-inspired journals, recording our equine experiences, learning horse terminology, and creating horse-centered pieces of writing. On Friday we’ll have a reading of our new works.

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August 2018

Poetry, Pottery, & Paper

August 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$267

Ages: 8-11 In this collaboration between Writers & Books and the Flower City Arts Center, you’ll have a unique opportunity to merge visual arts with creative writing. You will use a press mold to create a ceramic book, write pottery-inspired poems, interview real artists, make paper, and use a letterpress to print the words you have written. This workshop will be a real hands-on experience taught by professional artists and writers at both the Flower City Arts Center (on Monroe…

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Secret Lives of Animals

August 6, 2018 @ 1:00 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
$136

Ages: 8-11 From the Talking Beasts of Narnia to Warrior cats to the owl Hedwig, animal characters fill youth fiction with adventure, both realistic and fantastic. We’ll observe real animals with a ZooMobile visit. We’ll share our favorite animal stories and write some of our own. We’ll make the kinds of choices authors face when writing animal characters. To anthropomorphize (make like humans) or not? Can they talk with each other, with other animals, with humans? How will they interact…

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Word Play Workshop

August 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am
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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
$126

Ages: 8-11 All work and no play makes for a dull writer. Come stretch your language brain in the Word Play Workshop. We will uncover magic in words, learn to write anagrams and palindromes, and find many words within one word. In small groups, we’ll play games such as Boggle, Scrabble, and Hangman. We might pencil our way through a word search, a crossword puzzle, or an acrostic. We will stretch our vocabulary, improve our spelling, and play with words…

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Find a Mystery

August 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 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
$126

Ages: 8-11 There’s something mysterious about Writers & Books. Was the building designed by a man who talked to ghosts? Where does the staircase go and what’s with the little door at the top? What happened to the cracker I left on the mantel last month? It’s a mystery! Whether your favorite sleuth is Nancy Drew or Herculeah Jones, Dink Duncan or Encyclopedia Brown, you’re sure to get a chance to follow their lead: something mysterious is always happening in…

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Hike & Write!

August 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until August 17, 2018

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

Ages: 8-11 In this camp, students will express themselves in writing, using nature as a unique source of inspiration! We will travel outdoors to explore, observe, record, and discuss all that nature has to offer. In addition to exploring the local neighborhood, we might take a city bus excursion to Highland Park, Pinnacle Hill, or Cobbs Hill to see Rochester in a new light, so put on your hiking shoes! Our outdoor excursions will lead us to write descriptive pieces…

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CAMP FULL: My Idea Book

August 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until August 24, 2018

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

Ages: 8-11 Artists carry sketchbooks to capture ideas with drawings. Writers carry journals to capture thoughts and experiences with words. In this class, we are going to gather pictures and words in our own special “idea books” in order to explore ways in which art and words can work together. We will take walks and visit the Memorial Art Gallery to capture images in sketches and words. We will experiment with both illustration and writing by trying different drawing and…

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Building Fantastical Worlds

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
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$126

Ages: 8-11 Have you ever wondered what it’s like living in a magical world, like that of Harry Potter, the Chronicles of Narnia, or The Borrowers? How does one leave the world of the everyday and leap into those of the fantastical ones? Better yet, how does one create their own? Join us for an exploration of surprising worlds of all shapes and sizes! Learn new perspectives from which to build original, in-depth worlds in your creative writing. Every student…

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January 2019

Festival of Fiction

January 26, 2019 @ 9:30 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$180

Do you love to write? Are there ideas in your head that you can’t wait to get onto paper? Are there stories you are dying to finish but don’t know how? In this class we will learn about all the different elements that you need to create an exciting, well- rounded story. What makes a good character? When do you use dialogue? Should I change points of view? We will spend plenty of time generating ideas for stories with writing…

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July 2019

Building Fantastical Worlds (July 8 – July 12)

July 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$126.00

(MORNINGS: for ages 8-11) Have you ever wondered what it’s like living in a magical world, like that of Harry Potter, the Chronicles of Narnia, or The Borrowers? How does one leave the world of the everyday and leap into those of the fantastical ones? Better yet, how does one create their own? Join us for an exploration of surprising worlds of all shapes and sizes! Learn new perspectives from which to build original, in-depth worlds in your creative writing.…

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Young Storytellers (July 8 – July 12)

July 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$126.00

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 8-11) The art of storytelling is important for confidence in any presentation. This camp will introduce skills needed to engage an audience. We’ll practice a variety of techniques to deliver a story including voice, body language, and facial expressions. We will learn to make a story come alive in the telling. With the help of the instructor, students will choose a fairytale character whose story they’d like to tell. At the end of the week we’ll show…

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My Name in Print (July 15 – July 19)

July 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$126.00

(MORNINGS: for ages 8-11) Write, write, write! We will spend the first part of this camp producing poems, stories, journal entries, and creative essays through imaginative writing prompts. Participants will be encouraged to try all genres, but will focus on the one(s) they feel most passionately about. Participants will learn to make the most of their writing by sharpening their editing and revising skills. Then they will select their favorite work, which will become part of a class anthology. At…

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The Secret Lives of Animals (July 15 – July 19)

July 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$136.00

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 8-11) From the Talking Beasts of Narnia to the Warrior Cats to the owl Hedwig, animal characters fill youth fiction with adventure, both realistic and fantastic. We’ll observe real animals with a ZooMobile visit. We’ll share our favorite animal stories and write some of our own. We’ll make the kinds of choices authors face when writing animal characters. To anthropomorphize (make like humans) or not? Can they talk with each other, with other animals, with humans? How…

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Supernatural Shakespeare (July 29 – August 2)

July 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$126.00

(MORNINGS: for ages 8-11) Calling young thespians! We’ll spend the week walking into the world of William Shakespeare, with special focus on his use of the supernatural in his plays. We’ll explore his life and times and learn the secrets to his use of language. We’ll play theatre games, peek into some of his otherworldly plots and characters, and even learn how to ward off the curse of The Scottish Play! Come, let’s cook up some chaos, incite some sibling…

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Find a Mystery (July 29 – August 2)

July 29, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$126.00

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 8-11) There’s something mysterious about Writers & Books. Was the building designed by a man who talked to ghosts? Where does the staircase go and what’s with the little door at the top? What happened to the cracker I left on the mantel last month? It’s a mystery! Whether your favorite sleuth is Nancy Drew or Herculeah Jones, Dink Duncan or Encyclopedia Brown, you’re sure to get a chance to follow their lead: something mysterious is always…

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August 2019

CLASS FULL: Poetry, Pottery, and Paper (August 5 – August 9)

August 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$267.00

This class is full. Please do not register for this class. As alternatives, you may be interested in My Name in Print (July 15-19) or My Idea Book (August 19 -23)! (ALL DAY: for ages 8-11) In this collaboration between Writers & Books and the Flower City Arts Center, you’ll have a unique opportunity to merge visual arts with creative writing. You will use a press mold to create a ceramic book, write pottery-inspired poems, interview real artists, make paper,…

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Flash Your Fiction (August 12 – August 16)

August 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$126.00

(MORNINGS: for ages 8-11) Flash fiction is a very short form of story writing. Every word is essential. These stories have all the parts: character, setting, and plot but in a nutshell. We’ll learn to hook the reader and then, through an unexpected twist, leave the reader wanting more. In writing our own pieces, we’ll analyze the power of words and learn what is and isn’t necessary for a good story. Editing will be a key component, as will feedback…

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Gods, Heroes, and Beasts: Fabulous Mythic Theatre (August 12 – August 16)

August 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$126.00

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 8-11) Come on a journey to explore the larger than life, super-powered gods, heroes, and beasts of many cultures such as Celtic, Eastern Indian, Norse, African, and Asian. We will share stories from Korwin Briggs’ Gods and Heroes and enjoy flipping through the Myth Match: A Fantastical Flipbook of Extraordinary Beasts. Learn about dialogue and story line. With your team make your mythic characters come alive through their words and actions. Create a humorous or melodramatic skit…

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My Idea Book (August 19 – August 23)

August 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 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
$126.00

(MORNINGS: ages 8-11) Artists carry sketchbooks to capture ideas with drawings. Writers carry journals to capture thoughts and experiences with words. In this camp, we will gather pictures and words in our own special “idea books” in order to explore ways in which art and words can work together. We will take walks in the neighborhood and visit the Memorial Art Gallery to capture images in sketches and words. We will experiment with both illustration and writing by trying different…

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Heroes of Social Justice (August 19 – August 23)

August 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until August 23, 2019

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

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 8-11) Last year, 2018 marked the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass, and here in Rochester we will continue to honor his legacy. This camp will celebrate heroes around the world who stand up for justice and freedom. We will learn about local heroes in our history like Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, as well as today’s heroes and innovators such as refugee and Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini, human rights activist Yeonmi Pak, and more! You will…

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Kitabu* Kingdom! (August 26 – August 30)

August 26, 2019 @ 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: for ages 8-11) Books, books, books, and more books! We will read—in the classroom, outside under a tree, nestled in a cozy corner. We’ll read with a community of readers, we’ll pick favorite passages to share aloud, we’ll listen, and we’ll discuss our own very favorite books. What makes a book compelling? What draws you in and keeps you returning for more? We’ll explore these questions through writing our observations and participating in group activities. Come prepared with a…

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