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July 2019

Word Play Workshop (July 1 – July 3)

July 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$152.00

(ALL DAY: for ages 7-9) All work and no play makes for a dull writer. Come stretch your language brain in this camp where we will uncover the magic in words! We’ll write anagrams and palindromes, or find many little words within one big word. We will play games like Boggle, Scrabble, Taboo, or Hangman, then pencil our way through a word search, a crossword puzzle, or an acrostic. We will stretch our vocabulary, improve our spelling, and play with…

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Fantastic Beasts 101 (July 1 – July 3)

July 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$152.00

(ALL DAY: for ages 9-12) Ever caught a Bowtruckle poking around your backyard? Marveled at a Merperson in Lake Ontario? Discovered a Doxy in your desk drawer? Yes or no, it's high time you brushed up on your magizoology notes so you're prepared when the time comes. Welcome to Fantastic Beasts 101. In this camp, we'll discuss the various fantastic beasts that have sprouted out of JK Rowling's magical world. We'll travel around the Neighborhood of the Arts looking for…

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The Harvest Season (July 1 – July 3)

July 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$136

(ALL DAY: for ages 12-15) Many problems beset our world: global warming, environmental disasters, conflict, drought, flood, famine, medical epidemics, economic disparities, and more. In this camp we will begin a hypothetical story with those universal problems and devise our own unique solutions to them. The tale begins. . . "Twin siblings,a girl and a boy join forces with a rogue princess to restore magic to their land and initialize a new generation of magi. To do this they must…

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The Threshing Floor LGBTQ Writing Group

July 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until January 2, 2020

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

Hosted by Reilly Hirst & Gracen Lynch The deep end is fine here, so we don't have to stay in the safe shallows. If you love writing, especially "edgy" stuff, bring it. In all good writing, we benefit from many perspectives and are willing to take them in while standing in and speaking from our own truth. 

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The World of Natural Poetry

July 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until July 16, 2019

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$139

4 Tuesdays, June 25 - July 16 This class examines poetry and the inspiration from nature: what nature teaches us and what we can learn from writing poetry based on nature. We'll use exercises and discussions on equanimity, balance, life cycles, change, beauty, and restoration. The practice of writing in nature restores our relationship with ourselves and the world around us.   Joel Lesses’s passions include the intersection of poetry, spirituality, science, and psychology shared and disparate in the human experience. …

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Veterans Writing Group

July 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day First of the month, repeating indefinitely

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

Focus of the Veterans Writing Group is creative nonfiction, drawn from the wartime and peacetime experiences of veterans and their family members. Prompts are used to generate original writing. Works are read aloud and workshopped by other participants. The intent of the class is to help vets write about their experiences in their own words for archival, historical, or literary purposes. The National Endowment for the Arts’ Operation Homecoming: A Guide for Writers is the source document for this ongoing workshop.

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Produce a 90-Second Newbery Film (July 8 – July 12)

July 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
RCTV Media Center, 21 Gorham St.
Rochester, NY 14605 United States
$260.00

(ALL DAY: for ages 9-12) NOTE: Meets at RCTV, 21 Gorham Street. Over the course of this week-long camp, students transform into cast and crew to make their own short movie based on a Newbery Medal-winning book. You will learn how to run cameras, set up lights, operate audio equipment, direct, and edit. Oh, and did we mention you’ll be the writers and stars of the movie too? We’ll have a red carpet premiere for friends and family on Friday…

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CAMP FULL: Writers & Cooks: Menus for Every Meal (July 8 – July 12)

July 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$197.00

(MORNINGS: for ages 9-13) NOTE: Meets at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607. Cook up a storm and put together your own cookbook in this busy, creative, and tasty workshop for budding young cooks and writers. Taught by a chef who is also an English teacher, this workshop will take place in a teaching kitchen. Participants will work from a full day’s menu—breakfast through evening snack—cooking, eating, and discussing dishes for one meal…

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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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Dragons, Dice, & Roleplaying (July 8 – July 12)

July 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$231

(ALL DAY: for ages 13-16) Calling all quest-seekers! What do collaborative roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons and writing have to do with each other? Quite a lot, as you’ll discover! In this class, we’ll explore rich, fantastical worlds; create complex, driven characters; and learn how to hone our plot points into stories that the bards will sing of for ages to come. In the mornings, we will hone our storytelling craft with prompts, workshop time, and in-class writing. In…

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Acting Exploration: Imagine. Create. Transform. (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 7-9) Do you like to pretend to be other people or to put yourself into someone else's life and experiences? Through games and age-appropriate scene work, young actors will investigate the various tools used in developing character work for performance. Students will will form a cohesive ensemble, and learn to trust themselves and each other. By exploring different characters, stories and activities, students will build skills related to group dynamics/social interactions, self-confidence, and creative thinking in a…

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Building Fantastical Worlds (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 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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Writers & Cooks: Around the World (July 8 – July 12)

July 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$197.00

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 9-13) NOTE: Meets at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607. Travel the world and put together your own cookbook in this busy, creative, and tasty workshop for budding young cooks and writers. Taught by a chef who is also an English teacher, this workshop will take place in a teaching kitchen. Participants will journey through five cuisines—cooking, eating, and discussing. They will annotate and illustrate the recipes (including their own…

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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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Superheroes Are Everywhere (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 7-9) Superheroes aren’t just in the movies and comic books, they are everywhere: in your family, among your friends, in your neighborhood. This camp is inspired by the book Superheroes Are Everywhere by Kamala Harris. Before Kamala Harris became a district attorney and then a United States senator, she was a little girl who loved superheroes. And when she looked around, she was amazed to find superheroes everywhere who showed her that all you need to do…

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Young Storytellers (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 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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Genesee Reading Series: Alex Sanchez & Melissa Ostrom

July 9 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$6

Now in its 36th year, the Genesee Reading Series is a smorgasbord for your literary palate.  On the second Tuesday of each month, listen to two authors read their work up close and personal in the intimate Performance Space upstairs. By the end of the year, you will have feasted on the work of 24 regional authors (some prominent, some emerging; writers of fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, memoir). Stay afterward and talk to the authors while eating cookies. $3 for members,…

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Veterans Writing Group

July 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until October 5, 2019

One event on July 13, 2019 at 9:00 am

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free and open to any veteran and family members Hosted by Timothy Hansen and Mary Finucane The focus of the Veterans Writing Group is creative nonfiction drawn from the wartime and peacetime experiences of veterans and their family members. Prompts are used to generate original writing. Works are read aloud and workshopped by other participants. The intent of the group is to help vets write about their experiences in their own words for archival, historical, or literary purposes. The National…

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Mini 4: Writing Exercises

July 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10

Mini 4: Writing Exercises Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a longer class? These fun, low-cost sessions are a good way to meet our instructors, share with fellow students, and get writing! These classes have been popular, so register early to get a spot!   Matt Kotula lives in Rochester and writes poetry and fiction. He received his MFA from Rutgers University. He is an adjunct instructor at SUNY Brockport, where he…

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Telling Tales (July 15 – July 19)

July 15 @ 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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My Name in Print (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 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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Riding & Writing (July 15 – July 19)

July 15 @ 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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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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Tiny Tales: Flash Fiction (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 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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Writing Movies (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 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 @ 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 @ 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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Write Your Life

July 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$132

3 Mondays, July 15 - July 29 If you use your life for inspiration, you'll never run out of things to write about. This class explores how to mine your life for writing inspiration and then you'll choose one bit of inspiration to create a memoir-style piece of writing (personal essay, blog post, etc). You'll also have the opportunity to share your piece in class.   Jennifer Blanchard is a best-selling author, a screenwriter, a Developmental Book Editor and the…

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Fiction Camp

July 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$172.00

Jump-start your writing year by spending an invigorating week at Writers & Books. Perfect for getting those gears turning, each evening will feature a different teaching artist. In this course, we'll sharpen the skills necessary to make our fiction sizzle and pop off the page. This instructive workshop will include generative exercises to help you improve your fiction, and is perfect for beginning writers and advanced writers alike looking to hone their skills in the topic areas.   Monday, July…

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Write Around the Block: Writing Short Plays for Street Performance

July 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$20

For one session we will explore the dramatic/comedic world of daily street life: the traffic, the vehicles, the people who use our streets. We’ll create short plays that address how we make public spaces-- streets and sidewalks--less automobile-centric, and more people/community focused and friendly for all users. From the lemonade stand to the skateboarder to the bus rider, we all use the street. We hope to gather enough material for a street performance at Fringe on September 21.

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Make It Snappy: Writing Picture Books for Today’s Market

July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$139

4 Tuesdays, July 16—August 6 Picture books are fun, lively, and engaging…but they aren’t as easy to write as they seem! In this course, you’ll learn the ins and outs of picture book writing, from generating fresh ideas to polishing your manuscript. You’ll discover how to pace your story, use page turns for suspense and humor, and find your snappy, picture-book-style voice. Students will leave with at least one polished manuscript and a notebook full of potential story ideas.  …

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Renew Your Writing with a Journal

July 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$49

1 Saturday, July 20 10 am—12 pm Life is full of experiences to capture in writing, even when we think we don't have time. In this class you will learn how to fit personal writing into your busy schedule, techniques for self discovery and quick methods for capturing ideas for writing projects. New and seasoned journal keepers are welcome.   Nancy Steinkamp, MS, CTRS is a certified journal writing instructor, who has studied with the Center for Journal Therapy and the…

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Mini 5: Writing from TV & Film

July 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$10

Mini 5: Writing from TV & Film Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a longer class? These fun, low-cost sessions are a good way to meet our instructors, share with fellow students, and get writing! These classes are popular, so register early to get a spot!   Alex Sanchez has published eight novels with Simon & Schuster, including the American Library Association “Best Book for Young Adults” Rainbow Boys and Lambda Award-winning…

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Camp Full: Hogwarts Academy (July 22 – July 26)

July 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$325.00

This camp is NOW FULL, please contact office@wab.org to be added to the waiting list. (ALL DAY: for ages 8-13) Immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter as we turn all of Writers & Books into Hogwarts! Throughout the week students will have the chance to attend classes in Herbology, Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Trans guration, Divination, History of Magic, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions, and much more! Hands-on activities will be accompanied by creative writing exercises…

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CAMP FULL: Dumbledore’s Army (July 22 – July 26)

July 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$325.00

(ALL DAY: for ages 14+) Are you considering a career as an auror? Do you look up to the members of the Order of the Phoenix? Do you wish you had more opportunities to gather with like-minded wizards and witches? We will begin each day in the Great Hall with all the Hogwarts students for a large group activity, then we will disappear into the Room of Requirement for serious studies. Activities and advanced areas of study will include: Wands,…

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Poetry Camp (class full)

July 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NY United States
$172.00

5 Sessions, Monday-Friday Ignite or re-energize your poetry by spending an invigorating week at Writers & Books. Perfect for getting those gears turning, each evening will feature a different teaching artist.  This course will include generative exercises and discussion of your own as well as published poems to help you get the most out of your work. A perfect fit for beginning poets as well as poets looking to reinvigorate their lines.   Teaching artists will include Sarah Freligh, Anastasia…

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Hogwarts…for Adults!

July 23 @ 7:00 pm - July 26 @ 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$12

7:00pm - 8:30pm Monday-Friday, July 22-26, 2019 Have you always secretly wished you could be a student at Hogwarts? Consider this your owl! During the week of July 22-26, while our whole building is decorated for our youth Hogwarts program, you can now come study with your peers. Seasoned professors will share their wisdom of wizardry with you. Attend one, a few, or the whole week! Hogwarts 1: Book Discussion with Chris Fanning Monday, July 22 Are you an adult that…

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Writing the Short Story

July 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$139

4 Wednesdays, July 24 - August 14 If you have a short story you’ve been wrestling with for a year, this class will help you bring it home. If you have an idea you’ve been itching to turn into a short story but don’t know where to begin, this class will get you started. If you’ve never written a short story in your life, this class will open the door. We will discuss the basic elements of story: plot, character,…

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Screenwriting: The Basics

July 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$139

4 Saturdays July 27 - August 17 This class will focus on writing scene structure, plotting, treatments, synopses; how a screenplay differs from a stage play; how we generate ideas and characters. There will be some homework and there will be popcorn.   Paula Marchese studied Theatre at the University of Michigan BA and MA. In addition to acting off-Broadway and in regional theatre, she was a founding member in the New York and Los Angeles wings of Ensemble Studio…

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Mini 6: Magazines, Agents, and Contests: Am I ready to send stuff out?

July 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10

Mini 6: Magazines, Agents, and Contests: Am I ready to send stuff out? Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a longer class? These fun, low-cost sessions are a good way to meet our instructors, share with fellow students, and get writing! These classes have been popular, so register early to get a spot!   Brian Wood holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Jose State University. He has served as the…

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¡Bienvenidos! Fun with Spanish (July 29 – August 2)

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

(MORNINGS: for ages 5-7) If you want to explore the Spanish language in a fun and creative way, this is the camp for you! We will learn the language through songs, games, stories, outdoor play, and multimedia. In addition, a walking field trip to the public market will help us learn and review our colors and food words in a real-world environment. This week-long experience with Spanish promises great excitement. Families will be invited to a final fiesta on the…

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Supernatural Shakespeare (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 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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Your Incredible Illustrated Story (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

(ALL DAY: for 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 to draw—and learn the basics of plot, character, and…

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Where’s Walden? (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$382.00

(ALL DAY: for 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…

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Outdoor Writer (July 29 – August 2)

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
$382.00

(ALL DAY: for 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…

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Novel Tools (July 29 – August 2)

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

(MORNINGS: for 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…

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Celebrating our Stories: A Workshop for LGBTQ+ Teens and Allies (July 29 – August 2)

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

(MORNINGS: for ages 14+) Together, we’ll create a safe and fun space to share LGBTQ+ stories, poetry, and songs. We'll learn about the craft of writing and storytelling and write our own stories about love, gender, friendship, family, coming out, and other joys and struggles of queerness in our lives. And we'll celebrate growing up "different." Come learn more about writing, meet new friends, write the stories you've always wanted to write, tell your truth, and be yourself.

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Fairy Tales Around the World (July 29 – August 2)

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

(AFTERNOONS: for 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…

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Fairytale Heroines (July 29 – August 2)

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

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 14+) We’ve all learned about Sleepy Snow White and Drowsy Sleeping Beauty. But fairytales worldwide feature heroines with a little more oomph who were much less likely to doze off at inopportune times. In this camp students will explore fairytale 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 book of their very own modern fairy tales with a…

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Meet the Magic Dragon (July 29 – August 2)

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

(AFTERNOONS: for ages 7-9) This camp is not about dragons, it is about writing, artwork, and trying to get published! Are you a serious writer or artist who would like to see your work in print? This camp 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…

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