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November 2019

Rabindranath Tagore’s Śāntiniketan Essays: Religion, Spirituality and Philosophy

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Presentation by Medha Bhattacharyya Medha Bhattacharyya discusses her new translation of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s rarely known collection of meditative essays, Śāntiniketan (Abode of Peace), which looks at his ideas of universality; his socio-cultural location; and his reflections on Buddhism, Vaiṣṇavism, Bāul philosophy, and the Bhagavadgītā, and their contemporary relevance.

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Convergence: Nature, Writing, and Healing

November 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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Gell One-Day Intensive Instructor: Anais Salibian Deadline to Register: November 1, 11:59 pm Like nature, the process of writing provides a healing experience. How can you write so your work does the same for the reader? There's no better setting than the Gell Center, in a safe community, to experience and explore how nature and writing help heal body, mind and soul. You’ll have time for a walk in the woods or journaling by the stream. Then we’ll discuss the…

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Put Down Your Fears , Pick Up Your Pen, Overcome Your Resistance to Writing

November 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Mini Workshop Instructor: Alex Sanchez Resistance to writing kicks everyone’s “butt,” but our desire to conquer it can triumph. With writing exercises, discussions, and readings, we’ll explore ways to tackle our fears and knock down dream- blocking barriers. Together we can win!

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The Art of Literary Translation

November 9 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Master Class 1 Session Instructor: Bruna Dantas Lobato Deadline to Register: October 31, 11:59 pm Translation is one of the deepest, most creative ways of engaging with a text. It provides us with a unique opportunity to dive into another writer’s sensibilities and rewrite a text in our own words. It’s also a fun way to engage with different styles and literary traditions and an opportunity to bring diverse voices into the English language. In this master class, we’ll discuss…

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Genesee Reading Series: Sarah Freligh and Gail Hosking

November 12 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Sarah Freligh and Gail Hosking 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…

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Make a Scene! Crafting the Building Blocks of a Story

November 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Special Topic Workshop: 1 Session, Saturday November 16, 10 am - 12:30 pm Instructor: Alex Sanchez Deadline to Register: November 8, 11:59 pm How do we create scenes that keep readers turning pages? We’ll take a deep dive into the fundamentals of crafting dynamic, layered, character-driven scenes. Through readings, discussions, ideas, and writing exercises, we’ll study how proactive characters determine plot events and are changed in the process. We’ll explore keys to selecting point of view; establishing stakes; identifying inner…

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Finding Your Voice With a Journal

November 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Mini Workshop Instructor: Nancy Steinkamp What do Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, C.S. Lewis and Anais Nin all have in common? They are published authors who kept a journal, the container that holds a writer’s fullest expression, revealing a unique voice and increasing self-understanding. In this class, we will experience a variety of writing techniques that adapt to the changing landscape of our lives, and help us identify subjects to explore, and support us in developing a writing habit. By learning…

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Soul Knows No Bars: A Writer’s Journey Doing Poetry with Inmates

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Patricia Roth Schwartz

Free and Open to the Public Book Launch with Pat Schwartz

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Special Effect Sentences

November 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Anaïs Salibian

Special Topic Workshop: 1 Session, Saturday November 23, 10 am - 12:30 pm Instructor: Anais Salibian Deadline to Register: November 15, 11:59 pm What kind of experience are your sentences providing for your reader? What sentence structure do you choose if you want to capture a scene, or create suspense, or deliver an emotional blow? If you've never studied how to grow a sentence, if you don't know that form can actually help you generate unexpected content, if you haven't…

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Writing an Intentional Book

November 23 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Mini Workshop Instructor: Robin Flanigan Perhaps it’s a calling or simply a wish to make the world a better place. Whatever the reason, writing a book to help others live with intention means consciously considering the impact of your work. Using my book M is for Mindful as model, through a series of writing prompts, discover why you want to write the book you want to write. What gifts do you have to share, and why is it important to…

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December 2019

A Material Memoir

December 7 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Master Class: 1 Session Instructor: Gail Hosking Required: When registering, email 200-700 words in a Word Doc attachment to submissions@wab.org, with the subject line “A Material Memoir.” Deadline to Register: November 30, 11:59 pm People's possessions speak of them: they are resonant, betraying, and reflective. They chart where we’ve been and how we've been. In this class we will pick objects that are imbued with significance for us and use them to tell the story of our lives. Using the…

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