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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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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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Telling Tales

August 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 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

To register please visit mag.rochester.edu/classes Registration for this camp opens April 14. 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…

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Citizens: A Conversation on Race, Identity, and Democracy

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
$136

Ages: 14 & Up Using Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen: An American Lyric, which recounts acts of racism in lyrical prose poems, as a jumping off point, we will engage in discussion and writing around racial, identity, and social justice issues. We will examine the question of what makes a person the “other.” Through open, ongoing dialogue and an arts process students will create original stories of everyday encounters with nuances of racism and identity, to facilitate a healing dialogue. An…

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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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Write to Act

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

Ages: Teen Participants will transform thoughts and feelings into a written piece that can be used in a short performance for the class.  We will use many techniques such as theatre games, improv, and monologue reading to explore the impact of emotions and words.  We will use poetry, songwriting, journal entries, writing prompts, and meditations to reveal your inner voice and how to express it.  Access your ability to be a creative artist.  Participants will be in a safe space and have an opportunity…

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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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August 2019

Stories to Grow On (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 5-7) Get to know...YOU, through the great world of books. Stories can help us to take a closer look at our own thoughts and feelings and to appreciate moments of joy and face moments of challenge. We’ll read stories together as a group, create art, and use creative movement to understand and express our emotions more effectively. We will apply themes from the Elmer book series to gain a greater appreciation for our own uniqueness, harness the…

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Writing with the Hermit Crab (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 14+) Hermit crab?! What does this creature have to do with creative writing?! Just as the hermit crab finds a new home in a shell that once belonged to another animal, writing of any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) can find a home in different shaped “shells” or forms. In this camp, students will use alternative structures to explore their ideas—for example, a dictionary entry for grief that explores a writer’s loss, or a soundtrack that explores a…

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Hike & Write! (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 10-13) 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, and/or Cobbs Hill to see Rochester in a new light, so put on your hiking shoes! And we will also travel indoors to Writers…

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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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Teen Playwriting Workshop (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 teens) 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 realism or dystopian fantasy, this class will give you the theatrical tools to write your own original YA-centric play.

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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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Leap Into Poetry (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: ages 5-7) Rhythm, rhyme, bright descriptions, thoughtful words! Studying poetry can inspire children to love language, help build literacy, and deepen empathy. By reading aloud as a group and studying poetry, children will learn how to express their emotions. We will explore poems for children by a range of authors and experiences—like Nikki Grimes, David McCord, A.A. Milne, William Blake, and Maya Angelou—that inspire children to love poetry. We’ll write our own poems together as a group to help…

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Writing a Fiction Series (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 10-13) What could be better than seeing your favorite series stretching out along the library shelf, going on and on? What could beat the thrill of a favorite author releasing a new novel? How about writing your own serial adventure? Whether you want to build on a favorite series or create your own fiction franchise, you’ll write a complete episode of your own! We will start with strong beginnings that hook and ground the reader, and consider…

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Citizens: A Conversation on Race, Identity, & Democracy (August 12 – August 16)

August 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$136.00

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 14+) Using Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen: An American Lyric, which recounts acts of racism in lyrical prose poems, as a jumping off point, we will engage in discussion and writing around racial, identity, and social justice issues. We will examine the question of what makes a person the “other.” Through open, ongoing dialogue and an arts process students will create original stories of everyday encounters with nuances of racism and identity, to facilitate a healing dialogue. An…

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