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Literary Conference In-Person Reception

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

From the Margins to the Center  April 25, 5:30 - 8 PM Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, Rochester FREE ADMISSION Mingle with friends and new acquaintances over refreshments. Browse conference titles at Ampersand Books, available at a special 15% discount. Attend a live reading by outstanding area poets, 6:15 - 7:15 PM.

Free

Literary Conference – Welcome

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event
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LITERARY CONFERENCE – DAY ONE

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

Virtual Event General public: $80 | Scholarships available Seniors, Students and Writers & Books members: $70 To purchase tickets for individual panels please click on the links below. To purchase tickets for all panels please click here. Conference Welcome April 26 @ EST 2:45 pm - EST 2:55 pm Alice James Kick-Off Poetry Reading April 26 @ […]

$70.00 – $80.00

LITERARY CONFERENCE – THREE-DAY PASS

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

Three-Day Virtual Conference, April 26 – 28 Online events are streamed via Crowdcast. Workshops are streamed via Zoom. Crowdcast and Zoom links will be provided after registration. General public: $240 | Scholarships available Seniors, Students and Writers & Books members: $205

$205.00 – $240.00

Agent Pitch Sessions with Monica Rodriguez | 3:00 PM – 3:12 PM

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

This is a ticket to meet one-on-one with Monica Rodriguez, Director of Brand Management at Context Literary Agency. Your meeting will last 12 minutes. Time Slot 3:00 PM - 3:12 PM

$30.00

Agent Pitch Sessions with Monica Rodriguez

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

Meet one-on-one with an agent in a live 12-minute pitch session and receive valuable feedback from an expert. We’ll do our best to match you with your preferred agent. Please note: There is an additional $30 registration fee for an individualized session (not eligible for scholarship).  Monica Rodriguez is the Director of Brand Management at […]

Literary Conference – Alice James Kick-Off Poetry Reading

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

 Join us as we kick off the conference with Alice James Books. Founded as a feminist press in 1973, today, Alice James Books is committed to collaborating with literary artists of excellence whose voices have been historically marginalized by producing, promoting, and distributing their work which often engages the public on important social issues. Executive […]

Free – $20.00

The Novel & History: Conversation with Nishant Batsha

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

A Conversation on Craft with Nishant Batsha Join us for a conversation with author Nishant Batsha as he discusses the art of the novel and the craftwork that led to his moving debut, Mother Ocean Father Nation (HarperCollins Publishers, 2023).  A novel laden with historical thinking, Mother Ocean, Father Nation unpacks legacies of power and […]

$15.00 – $20.00

Agent Pitch Sessions with Monica Rodriguez | 3:15 PM – 3:27 PM

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

This is a ticket to meet one-on-one with Monica Rodriguez, Director of Brand Management at Context Literary Agency. Your meeting will last 12 minutes. Time Slot 3:15 PM - 3:27 PM

$30.00

Agent Pitch Sessions with Monica Rodriguez | 3:30 PM -3:42 PM

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

This is a ticket to meet one-on-one with Monica Rodriguez, Director of Brand Management at Context Literary Agency. Your meeting will last 12 minutes. Time Slot 3:30 PM -3:42 PM

$30.00

Agent Pitch Sessions with Monica Rodriguez | 4 PM – 4:12 PM

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

This is a ticket to meet one-on-one with Monica Rodriguez, Director of Brand Management at Context Literary Agency. Your meeting will last 12 minutes. Time Slot 4 PM - 4:12 PM

$30.00

Agent Pitch Sessions with Monica Rodriguez | 3:45 PM – 3:57 PM

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

This is a ticket to meet one-on-one with Monica Rodriguez, Director of Brand Management at Context Literary Agency. Your meeting will last 12 minutes. Time Slot 3:45 PM - 3:57 PM

$30.00

Literary Conference – Three over 50

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

Three writers over 50 read from their books and discuss their journey to publication.  Bernardine (Dine) Watson; Donna Spruijt-Metz; Chin Sun-Lee; Alison Meyers (moderator) Bernardine (Dine) Watson’s debut book, Transplant: A Memoir (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2023), was winner of the first annual Washington Writers' Publishing House Creative Nonfiction Award in 2023. Named one of […]

$15.00 – $20.00

Literary Conference – Reproductive Freedoms

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

Autonomy over one’s own body is essential for a free and open society. In an era of unprecedented rolling back of women’s rights, join writers and activists as they share attentive ways of thinking, feeling, and responding to our current moment. A 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Desiree Cooper is a former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist […]

Free – $20.00

Literary Conference – Keynote with Nathalie Handal

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

Nathalie Handal was raised in Latin America, France and the Middle East, and educated in Asia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Her recently published collections include Life in a Country Album (2019 US/2020 UK), winner of the Palestine Book Award and a Foreword Indies Book Award finalist; the flash collection The Republics, winner […]

Free – $20.00

LITERARY CONFERENCE – DAY TWO

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

Virtual Event Day 2, April 27, 10 am – 9:15 pm General public: $110 | Scholarships available Seniors, Students and Writers & Books members: $95 To purchase tickets for individual panels please click on the links below. To purchase tickets for all panels please click here. Keynote with Nathalie Handal April 27 @ EST 10:00 […]

$95.00 – $110.00

LITERARY CONFERENCE – DAY THREE

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

Virtual Event Day 3, April 28, 10 am – 6:45 pm General public: $90| Scholarships available Seniors, Students and Writers & Books members: $80 To purchase tickets for individual panels please click on the links below. To purchase tickets for all panels please click here. Research-Based Narratives April 28 @ EST 10:00 am - EST 11:15 am […]

$80.00 – $90.00

Literary Conference – Disability Justice & the Literary Landscape

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

As expressed by Naomi Ortiz, “Disability Justice is the cross-disability (sensory, intellectual, mental health/psychiatric, neurodiversity, physical/mobility, learning, etc.) framework that values access, self-determination and an expectation of difference. . .To be included and part of society is about being able to be our ‘whole self’ (all of our identities together). Disability Justice includes space for […]

Free – $20.00

Agent Pitch Sessions with Amy Bishop-Wycisk | 3:30 PM – 3:42 PM

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

This is a ticket to meet one-on-one with Amy Bishop-Wycisk (why-zick), Trellis Literary Management. Your meeting will last 12 minutes. Time Slot 3:00 PM - 3:12 PM

$30.00

Agent Pitch Sessions with Amy Bishop-Wycisk

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

Meet one-on-one with an agent in a live 12-minute pitch session and receive valuable feedback from an expert. We’ll do our best to match you with your preferred agent. Please note: There is an additional $30 registration fee for an individualized session (not eligible for scholarship).  Amy Bishop-Wycisk (why-zick) joined Trellis Literary Management in 2023 […]

Literary Conference – BOA Editions Reading & Conversation

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

Three poets read from and discuss new collections forthcoming from BOA Editions, Ltd. Sheila Carter-Jones is the author of Every Hard Sweetness (BOA Editions, 2024), called “an extraordinary work of history and possibility” by author Aracelis Girmay. Her debut collection, Three Birds Deep (Broadside Lotus Press, 2012), was winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Book Award. […]

Free – $20.00

Literary Conference – Poetry Workshop with Annie Finch

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

Structural Repetition: Building a Stronger Poetry Collection Rooted in foundational poetic traditions, yet flexibly attuned with postmodern sensibilities, the principle of Structural Repetition can help contemporary poets enrich and deepen our poetry at every level, from the syllable on up.  This workshop explores how Structural Repetition can help organize a multifarious collection of disparate poems […]

$15.00 – $20.00

Agent Pitch Sessions with Amy Bishop-Wycisk | 3:45 PM – 3:57 PM

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

This is a ticket to meet one-on-one with Amy Bishop-Wycisk (why-zick), Trellis Literary Management. Your meeting will last 12 minutes. Time Slot 3:45 PM - 3:57 PM

$30.00

Agent Pitch Sessions with Amy Bishop-Wycisk | 4 PM – 4:12 PM

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

This is a ticket to meet one-on-one with Amy Bishop-Wycisk (why-zick), Trellis Literary Management. Your meeting will last 12 minutes. Time Slot 4 PM - 4:12 PM

$30.00

Agent Pitch Sessions with Amy Bishop-Wycisk | 4:15 PM – 4:27 PM

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

This is a ticket to meet one-on-one with Amy Bishop-Wycisk (why-zick), Trellis Literary Management. Your meeting will last 12 minutes. Time Slot 4:15 PM - 4:27 PM

$30.00

Agent Pitch Sessions with Amy Bishop-Wycisk | 4:30 PM – 4:42 PM

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

This is a ticket to meet one-on-one with Amy Bishop-Wycisk (why-zick), Trellis Literary Management. Your meeting will last 12 minutes. Time Slot 4:30 PM - 4:42 PM

$30.00

Literary Conference – So You Want to Start a Small Press, Now What?

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

So much of the publishing industry is left opaque, both for writers pursuing publication and those seeking work in publishing. Four seasoned industry veterans share an honest look at the landscape and what it takes to start and sustain a small press from the ground up. Jessica Cole is the lead editor and co-founder of […]

$15.00 – $20.00

Literary Conference – The Feminist Romance Novel

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

The romance novel is a genre long-explored, in part due to its relatability. The rise of the Feminist Romance Novel has redefined this genre in the way that it centers women: their beliefs, desires, and agency. Tune in as three writers read brief excerpts from their work and share the importance of this genre. Lauren […]

$15.00 – $20.00

Literary Conference – New Forms in Memoir

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

The memoir has become a capacious space, flexible enough to accommodate essays, political discourse, inventive narrative, meditative reflection, hybrid work, and more. Critically acclaimed memoirists read brief selections from their work, then discuss the power and potential of this generative genre. Maria Brandt’s (moderator) novella All the Words (Evening Street Press, 2015) won the Grassic […]

$15.00 – $20.00

Literary Conference – Research-Based Narratives

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

A hybrid of storytelling and research, research-based narratives offer readers a fresh, exciting, and accessible way of deeply immersing themselves in nonfiction. Join us as three deeply knowledgeable writers share their craft. Calvin Eaton is a disabled author, educator, public speaker, content creator, and social entrepreneur with experience spanning over 13 years in the field […]

Free – $20.00

Literary Conference – Translation: Expanding Our Horizons

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

Literature in translation offers important ways of connecting to and understanding the world. Listen in as three acclaimed authors and translators read from and discuss the indispensable work of transcending borders and barriers through language.  Cyrus Cassells; Jennifer Kellogg; K.E. Semmel; Straumanis (moderator) Cyrus Cassells is the 2021 Poet Laureate of Texas. His forthcoming book, Is […]

$15.00 – $20.00

Literary Conference – LGBTQ+ Literature / Queer Mental Health

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

Join three writers as they shine a light on LGBTQ + literature and discuss the indispensable work this writing does in terms of visibility, creating safe spaces, and centering and honoring queer experiences.  Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, essayist, and cultural strategist. They received the 2022 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly Award for […]

Free – $20.00

Literary Conference – Migration: Crossing Borders

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

Definitively, to migrate means “to move from one country, place, or locality to another.” As people move and shift, so too do notions of identity, place, and language. A global experience, migration is intricate and allows us to better understand the world in which we live. These writers create a spatial, linguistic, cultural, and temporal […]

Free – $20.00

Literary Conference – Memoir Master Class

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

Memoir Master Class: The Speculative in Nonfiction Speculation is so much a part of the truth of our lives that it seems natural we would use it as a tool to fill in the holes of memory, time, and space—even for nonfiction—an art form cemented in the truth. But, what, exactly, does it mean to […]

$15.00 – $20.00

Literary Conference – Afrofuturism

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

Afrofuturism is an aesthetic, movement, and culture framework that offers radical ways of thinking about and imagining alternative futures, rooted in the now. Afrofuturism is simultaneously past, present, and future. It is an indispensable and urgent tool for dreaming. Join writers and scholars as they take us through what a reimagined world could look like. […]

Free – $20.00

Literary Conference – Indigenous Literatures

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

In examining the intersections between history, culture, kinship, and place, writers discuss the importance of recognizing and honoring indigenous communities today. Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, an enrolled citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is the author of Even As We Breathe (University Press of Kentucky Press, 2020), named one of NPR’s Best Books of […]

$15.00 – $20.00

My Medea: A Performance | May 2, 2024

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

Medea is a first-year Spanish teacher attempting to create the perfect classroom while coping with the death of her brother, separation from her fiancé, a mouse infestation in her classroom, and an unexpected pregnancy. Medea distracts herself by investing her time and money into designing a learning space that encourages all students to take control […]

Free – $20.00

My Medea: A Performance | May 3, 2024

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

Medea is a first-year Spanish teacher attempting to create the perfect classroom while coping with the death of her brother, separation from her fiancé, a mouse infestation in her classroom, and an unexpected pregnancy. Medea distracts herself by investing her time and money into designing a learning space that encourages all students to take control […]

Free – $20.00

My Medea: A Performance | May 4, 2024

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

Medea is a first-year Spanish teacher attempting to create the perfect classroom while coping with the death of her brother, separation from her fiancé, a mouse infestation in her classroom, and an unexpected pregnancy. Medea distracts herself by investing her time and money into designing a learning space that encourages all students to take control […]

Free – $20.00

Christopher Kennedy, The Strange God Who Makes Us

Writers & Books Streaming Event NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

Christopher Kennedy will be in conversation with BOA Editions Publisher and Executive Director Peter Conners. An exploration of memory, mourning, and humanity’s precarious relationship to the Anthropocene, Kennedy’s new book of prose poems records our fragile relationship with time and the imperfect ways in which we document our lives. Called “deft and wildly sophisticated” by […]

Free – $20.00

Kerry Sara, J-Villains

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

Written in epistolary form, J-Villains is the story of Shibel Assad, an immigrant graduate exchange college student attending journalism school in Manhattan. Shibel’s roommate is Constantin Stoian, an American citizen originally from Romania. J-Villains is a story about the true value of family, modern media, consumer culture, the roots of American culture, and the power […]

Free – $20.00

June Gervais, Jobs for Girls with Artistic Flair

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States
Virtual Event Hybrid Event

June Gervais will be in conversation with Alicia Hoffman Misfit and dreamer Gina Mulley has grown up in her older brother Dominic’s tattoo shop. Her fiercest ambition is to become a tattoo artist in her own right, but this is 1985; tattooing is almost entirely male, on the gritty fringes of society, and hostile to […]

Free – $20.00

Poets & Potables: A Writers & Books Benefit Social

Carnegie Cellar Wine Bar & Kitchen 247 North Goodman Street, Rochester, United States

$60.00 SINGLE / $90.00 COUPLE Carnegie Cellar Wine Bar & Kitchen, 247 North Goodman Street, Rochester Join us for a convivial evening at NOTA’s Carnegie Cellar Wine Bar & Kitchen, voted “Rochester’s best wine bar.” Sample a flight of fine wines, socialize with fellow book lovers, and enjoy a brief reading by Executive Director Alison […]

$60.00 – $90.00

Amy Lee Lillard, Exile in Guyville

Writers & Books Streaming Event NY, United States
Virtual Event Virtual Event

Amy Lee Lillard will be in conversation with BOA Editions Publisher and Executive Director Peter Conners.  Described as “explosive and inventive” by author Gwen. E Kirby, Lillard’s prize-winning collection of stories explores a living museum of women from across time. Probable futures and alternate realities take aim at unruly women and show how they refuse to be ruled. […]

Free – $20.00

2 Pages/2 Voices 2024 Performances

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

Join us for script-in-hand readings of 10 plays selected as winners from 50 submissions to our 2 Pages/2 Voices Competition. Plays feature two characters, are restricted to a two-page script, and include the word “charge” in any of its multiple meanings, inspired by NK Jemisin’s novel, The City We Became, our 2023 Rochester Reads selection. […]

Free – $20.00

Rochester Roots

The Little Theater 240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

The Little Theater, 240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY Erica Cavanagh, Michael Dumanis, Rachel Galvin, Ilya Kaminsky & Sejal Shah ASL interpretation provided Join us for a one-of-a-kind event showcasing five literary luminaries, Brighton High School alumni all, when they return to their greater Rochester roots. Curated by award-winning memoirist and debut short story author Sejal […]

Free – $20.00

Poetry in the Bowl Wednesday, June 12

Highland Park 180 Reservoir Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Lu Highsmith Trio: 6 – 6:30 pm Tyler Barton: 6:40 – 7:10 pm Meet the Poets | Book Signing: 7:15 – 8 pm ASL interpretation provided Highland Bowl, 1137 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620 Rain Venue: Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607 Lu Highsmith is a poet, writer, publisher, promoter, […]

Free – $20.00

Poetry in the Bowl Thursday, June 13

Highland Park 180 Reservoir Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Jessica Cuello: 6 – 6:30 pm Chen Chen: 6:40 – 7:10 pm Meet the Poets | Book Signing: 7:15 – 8 pm ASL interpretation provided Highland Bowl, 1137 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620 Rain Venue: Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607 Highland Park Map Use the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority's Google Trip Planner […]

Free – $20.00

Poetry in the Bowl Friday, June 14

Highland Park 180 Reservoir Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Albert Abonado: 6 – 6:30 pm Cornelius Eady with Bernie Heveron: 6:40 – 7:10 pm Meet the Poets | Book Signing: 7:15 – 8 pm ASL interpretation provided Highland Bowl, 1137 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620 Rain Venue: Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607 Highland Park Map Use the Rochester-Genesee […]

Free – $20.00

Lawrence Berger, Word Dancing: Instant Poetry

Writers & Books 740 University Avenue, Rochester, NY, United States

What is instant poetry? Some of the intriguing works in this collection were created by the author based upon people calling out words and sentences at his interactive poetry readings. Upon hearing these audience contributions, he fashioned a poem built around them. Other poems in the collection were written around the event described in the […]

Free – $20.00
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