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July 2016

Where’s Walden?

July 18, 2016 @ 9:00 am
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, wildlife, and you! Spend a week communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists along the Finger Lakes Trail, and observe the natural environment around you. We will try a variety of natural arts activities, both ancient and modern. We will each create field journals in which to sketch and write stories, dramatic monologues, and poems probing the past, present, and future of the…

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July 2018

Writing a YA Play

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
$114

Ages: 14 & Up We all know and love Young Adult novels, but where are the plays featuring strong teenage protagonists? This class hopes to fill the void! We’ll read scenes from contemporary plays that feature compelling teen characters, and talk about how to write dramatic structure, engaging dialogue, and perception shifts. Whether you’re drawn to high school realism or dystopian fantasy, this class will give you the theatrical tools to write your own original YA-centric play.

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CLASS FULL: Novel Tools

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: 12-15 Whether you aspire to write fantasy, science fiction, historical, or contemporary realist novels, you’ll want to develop the skills and discover the tools that successful novelists use to bring their stories to life from intriguing beginnings to satisfying conclusions. We will focus on choosing point of view; developing complex characters, compelling setting, and atmosphere; and creating and sustaining interest through conflicts with important stakes, suspense, and surprise. We will also look at the use of dialogue and the…

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Your Incredible Illustrated Story

July 9, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 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

To register please visit mag.rochester.edu/classes Registration for this camp opens April 14. Ages: 10-13 What do you want to say? In this exciting collaboration between Writers & Books and the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery, you’ll create your own fantastically illustrated and self-written story while learning from master teaching artists: a writer and a visual artist. You’ll learn the tools of the trade—how to illustrate an idea, choose a fitting style, and draw things you don’t know how…

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Fairytales Around the World

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: 5-7 Wish you could travel around the world? At Writers & Books you can! Come listen to stories and poems from cultures near and far—we’ll read fairy tales from various cultures ranging from Europe to Africa to Asia! Each day we will explore and experience a bit of different cultures, do crafts, and even learn words from different languages! This class will allow for us to celebrate diversity while exploring literature and discovering the details of different cultures. Participants…

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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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Where’s Walden?

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

Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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$252

Ages: 9-12 Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, wildlife, and you! Spend a week communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists along the Finger Lakes Trail as you learn the art of observation. Try your hand at a variety of natural arts activities, both ancient and modern. Create field journals in which to sketch and write stories, dramatic monologues, and poems probing the past, present, and future of the…

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Outdoor Writers

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

Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$252

Ages: 13-16 Summertime, sunshine, green rolling hills, wildlife, and you! Spend a week communing with the writer within you at our retreat in the Bristol Hills. Explore with professional writers and naturalists along the Finger Lakes Trail as you learn the art of observation. Try your hand at a variety of natural arts activities, both ancient and modern. Create field journals in which to sketch and write stories, dramatic monologues, and poems probing the past, present, and future of the…

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Writing Movies

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
$126

Ages: 14 & Up All the best stuff happens before the cameras roll! In this workshop we’ll talk about what makes screenplays work and learn basic techniques by focusing on structure, story, characters, dialogue, and format. We’ll watch scenes from different movie genres and break down their scripts to see how the writer made it all happen. Students should come in with ideas for a plot or a character in a situation. We’ll help each other develop ideas as we…

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Live from Writers & Books: Comedy Writing and Performance

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
$126

Ages: 12-15 Have you ever seen a comedy sketch, or short comedy play, or a stand-up comedy routine and thought, “That looks like fun”?  It is fun, and now you can try it at SummerWrite! In “Live from W&B,” students will be given a brief introduction to different types of live comedic performance and learn different techniques to add humor to their writing.  Students will have an opportunity to write and to try out stand up and sketch comedy, along with some…

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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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Rebels, Leaders & Innovators

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
$126

Ages: 5-7 Be a change maker! We each have the power to make the world a better place, one action at a time. And stories, true and fictional, have the power to guide us. This class will help us learn about the heroes among us, at all levels of society and in different times, and encourage us to stretch our “social good” muscles! We’ll learn about people like Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King…

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July 2019

Telling Tales (July 15 – July 19)

July 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

(ALL DAY: for ages 7-9) In this exciting collaboration between Writers & Books and the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery, you’ll create your own characters and explore your own story ideas while learning at the hand of master teaching artists: a writer and a visual artist. You’ll learn the tools of the trade—how to illustrate an idea, choose a fitting style, and draw things you don’t know how to draw—and learn the basics of plot, character, and setting,…

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Tiny Tales: Flash Fiction (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 14+) Sometimes inspiration strikes you in a glimpse, an image, or a moment. Sometimes those nuggets lead to full-fledged poems, stories, or creative essays, but other times, those slices become more powerful in the shortest form—the flash. In this week-long fiction intensive for teen writers, we’ll discuss sharp muses and condensed language, and discover together, how, according to Robert Olen Butler, both yearning and epiphany can occur in the same moment to unlock powerful truths—even in fiction.

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World Building (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 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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Riding & Writing (July 15 – July 19)

July 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$385.00

(ALL DAY: for ages 9-12) 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…

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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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Writing Movies (July 15 – July 19)

July 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$126.00

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 14+) All the best stuff happens before the cameras roll! In this camp we’ll talk about what makes screenplays work and learn basic techniques by focusing on structure, story, characters, dialogue, and format. We’ll watch scenes from different movie genres and break down their scripts to see how the writer made it all happen. Students should come in with ideas for a plot or a character in a situation. We’ll help each other develop ideas as we…

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

July 15, 2019 @ 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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