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November 2019

Writers ROC!

November 15, 2019 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Youth Writing Group : 7 Sessions Fridays 3:45 pm - 5 pm September 27, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 15, December 6 & 13 Free and open to the public - Registration not required Ages: 10-12 In this young writers group you’ll do some new writing, share your work, and hone your skills. This will be a supportive community mentored by MCC creative writing major, Misty Yarnall who will present writing prompts, offer tips for revising and editing,…

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Make a Scene! Crafting the Building Blocks of a Story

November 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$75

Special Topic Workshop: 1 Session, Saturday November 16, 10 am - 12:30 pm Instructor: Alex Sanchez 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 and outer conflicts; incorporating sensory details; choosing…

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Teen Writers Circle

November 16, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Youth Workshop: 5 Saturdays October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 23, 10:30 am-12:30 pm Instructor: Sarah Cedeño Ages: 13+ Deadline to register September 27, 11:59 pm Avid and accomplished teen writers meet to explore new approaches to their craft, give one another feedback under the guidance of published writers, and plot world domination, or at least the future domination of the publishing industry! Using examples, prompts, and optional outside assignments, participants explore literary genres, techniques, and approaches, and receive encouraging,…

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Finding Your Voice With a Journal

November 16, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

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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Like Falling through a Cloud: Eugenia Zukerman Presents

November 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Monroe Community Hospital, 435 E Henrietta Rd
Rochester, NY 14620 United States
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The Alzheimer’s Association, Rochester & Finger Lakes Chapter, and Writers & Books will showcase world-renowned flutist and noted author Eugenia Zukerman on November 18, 2019, at  Monroe Community Hospital, Rochester, NY. Zukerman will share her story of coping with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s; read from her new memoir, Like Falling Through A Cloud; and give a brief flute performance. Individuals living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia and their care partners are invited to attend by pre-registering at 800.272.3900. Reserved seating…

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

November 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Free and Open to the Public Book Launch with Patrica Roth Schwartz Patricia Roth Schwartz is a poet, writer of fiction and memoir, and teacher. She holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College, an MA from Trinity College (CT), and an MACP from Antioch/ N Eng. Widely published in literary journals, she has had published 7 volumes of poetry, plus a full-length collection of short fiction which won a Lambda Literary Award. Residing in the Finger Lakes region of NY…

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The Fiction Workshop

November 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 20, 2019

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$265

Evening Workshop: 6 Sessions, Wednesdays October 16 - November 20, 6:30-9pm Instructor: Brian Wood Deadline to register: October 8, 11:59pm If you’re passionate about reading and writing fiction, or maybe you’re just looking for a little feedback, this course is for you. Through the analysis of character, voice, plot, and narrative flow, you will learn how to effectively put your creative ideas on paper. You can look forward to thoughtful, engaging class discussions on the craft of fiction and how…

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Special Effect Sentences

November 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$75
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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Teen Writers Circle

November 23, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Youth Workshop: 5 Saturdays October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 23, 10:30 am-12:30 pm Instructor: Sarah Cedeño Ages: 13+ Deadline to register September 27, 11:59 pm Avid and accomplished teen writers meet to explore new approaches to their craft, give one another feedback under the guidance of published writers, and plot world domination, or at least the future domination of the publishing industry! Using examples, prompts, and optional outside assignments, participants explore literary genres, techniques, and approaches, and receive encouraging,…

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Writing an Intentional Book

November 23, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

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 a 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…

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The Threshing Floor: LGBTQ+ Writing Group

November 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:00 pm on day Last of the month, repeating until November 26, 2019

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

Last Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm Hosted by Reilly Hirst & Gracen Lynch Free and open to the public 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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Writing an Identity Narrative

November 26, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 26, 2019

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$265

Evening Workshop: 6 Sessions, Tuesdays October 22 - November 26, from 6:30 pm - 9 pm Instructor: Robert D. Baker Deadline to Register: October 14, 11:59 pm In this course, you will write about how you claimed identity or faced challenges because of your identity. Narratives may address one aspect—or the intersection of multiple aspects—of who you are. Possibilities include coming out, confronting gender bias, becoming a parent, responding to racism, experiencing a religious conversion, advocating for yourself as a…

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Genesee Reading Series: Reenah Golden and Sally Bittner Bonn

November 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$5

Members - Free | General Public - $5 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…

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December 2019

Joke Writing Workshop

December 3, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$15

Would you like help crafting and sharpening your stand-up act? We’ll collaboratively workshop your jokes in a fun and supportive atmosphere to bring each comedian’s act to the next level. Kevin Markman has performed comedy for over five years. He has even been funny. He started taking classes at Writers & Books and now hosts the Open Mic for over two years. He performs around Upstate NY, the East Coast, and even Hawaii, nominated for RocAwards Best Stand Up Comedian,…

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Writers & Books Comedy Open Mic

December 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until December 3, 2019

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

Free and Open to the Public Join us for Writers & Books Comedy Open Mic in our performance space! Anyone interested gets 5-7 minutes of stage time. Come to perform or just watch. Comics are great but we need an audience too!

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Writers ROC!

December 6, 2019 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Youth Writing Group : 7 Sessions Fridays 3:45 pm - 5 pm September 27, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 15, December 6 & 13 Free and open to the public - Registration not required Ages: 10-12 In this young writers group you’ll do some new writing, share your work, and hone your skills. This will be a supportive community mentored by MCC creative writing major, Misty Yarnall who will present writing prompts, offer tips for revising and editing,…

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Sonja Livingston Book Signing

December 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Free & open to the public Former Rochester Reads author, Sonja Livingston, will visit Writers & Books’ fabulous new bookstore to sign and discuss her latest book of essays.The Virgin of Prince Street looks at contemporary Catholicism through a series of expeditions around the country (and beyond) and through Livingston's own experiences at an altar girl and young woman at Corpus Christi in Rochester. Livingston will talk about her unusual journeys (including her multi-city search for a missing Virgin Mary…

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The Art of Astonishment

December 7, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

The best poems surprise us. Kim Addonizio writes, poems can “leap from one synapse to another, one thought to a further thought, one level of understanding or questioning to being in the presence of the mystery.” How can you welcome the unexpected, the mysterious, and the revelatory in your own writing? What does it take to break your predictable writing patterns? We'll identify the ways that poems diverge from familiar paths and swerve into astonishment, paying close attention to work…

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Genesee Reading Series: James Longenbach and Joanna Scott

December 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$5

Members – Free | General Public – $5 James Longenbach is a poet and a critic who has taught at the University of Rochester for many years. His many books of literary criticism include The Art of the Poetic Line (Graywolf) and How Poems Get Made (Norton), and his books of poems include The Iron Key (Norton) and Earthling (Norton), the latter of which was a finalist for the National Books Circle Award. His poems have appeared individually in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review.   Photo…

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Joytime Killbox: Brian Wood Book Launch

December 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

The awkwardness of modern living takes center stage in these nine short stories by Brian Wood. Well-intentioned characters fumble through social situations: a man making small talk in line for a deadly thrill ride, a pet parrot arrested for murder, a seductive stranger on an airplane who just pulled out a handle of gin. With sparse prose and candid humor, these stories draw attention to the absurdities of our day-to-day interactions. Praise for Joytime Killbox “A collection full of startling,…

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Writers ROC!

December 13, 2019 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Youth Writing Group : 7 Sessions Fridays 3:45 pm - 5 pm September 27, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 15, December 6 & 13 Free and open to the public - Registration not required Ages: 10-12 In this young writers group you’ll do some new writing, share your work, and hone your skills. This will be a supportive community mentored by MCC creative writing major, Misty Yarnall who will present writing prompts, offer tips for revising and editing,…

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National Poetry Series Winner, Lindsay Bernal Reading

December 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$5

Free to members/ $5 general public Lindsay Bernal’s What It Doesn’t Have to Do With (University of Georgia Press, 2018) won the 2017 National Poetry Series competition. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Conjunctions Online, Gulf Coast, OVERSOUND, Tikkun, and other journals. She coordinates the Creative Writing Program and the Writers Here & Now reading series at the University of Maryland.

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The Threshing Floor: LGBTQ+ Writing Group — Reading

December 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

December 17, 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm Hosted by Reilly Hirst & Gracen Lynch Free and open to the public 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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Writing A Powerful Memoir Part II: Share Your Work

December 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

As discussed in Part I, Memoirs are meant to be shared; to inspire, challenge and allow readers to identify with the writer’s experiences both intellectually and emotionally. Not an easy task! In Part II, we will briefly review the criteria for composing a powerful Memoir. Then, each participant will share their Memoir theme and read through at least one complete and polished section (anecdote). You should be ready to discuss how you might continue/complete your Memoir, listing anecdotes that would…

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January 2020

Your One Wild and Precious Life: Writing and Yoga

January 4 @ 10:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$75

Member price:$65 Instructor: Marjana Ababovic Mary Oliver asks in her poem “The Summer Day”: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” This workshop will make you pause with questions: What would you like to focus on this year? How to uncover your forgotten dreams? What is meaningful to you? How do you want to live your life? How to make the best of 2020? The workshop will include guided personal writing,…

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Getting Started: Form and Content for the Beginning Writer

January 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Member price: $22 Instructor: Anais Salibian Do you have an urge to write even though you are not clear what you want to write about? This workshop will get you going with prompts designed to help you generate material in various genres. You’ll learn to  approach writing in three stages: getting words on the page, asking yourself the right questions during revision, and editing skillfully. We also will explore how fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir overlap (or don’t) and what…

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Genesee Reading Series: Sonja Livingston and Rachel Hall

January 14 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
Free

Sonja Livingston's latest book, The Virgin of Prince Street, uses an unexpected return to her childhood church in Rochester as an occasion to travel through space and time to explore the changes in the larger Church and in her own life. The result is a generous but unflinching look at the shifting Roman Catholic Church and personal concepts of devotion. Sonja’s first book, Ghostbread, won an AWP Book Prize for Nonfiction and has been widely adopted for classroom use. Her…

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Stranger Things: Intro to Sci Fi and Fantasy Flash Fiction

January 18 @ 10:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$75

Member price:$65 Instructor: Celeste Schantz-Kovachi Do you have a story to tell? Fantastic worlds to share? Characters in your head? Join fellow creative writers to encounter wild fiction that will have you falling through wormholes and sipping tea by the pool with replicants. Discover how to share your own stranger things, dreams, and nightmare visions in beautiful, brief detail. In this workshop, you'll read some fantastic examples of uncanny speculative flash fiction. Several unconventional writing techniques will be shared; then…

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Finding Your Voice with a Journal

January 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Member price: $22 Instructor: Nancy Steinkamp What do Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, C.S. Lewis, and Anais Nin have in common? They are all published authors who kept a journal, the container that holds a writer’s fullest expression. In this class, we will experience a variety of writing techniques that adapt to the changing landscape of our lives and help us to identify subjects to explore, and develop a writing habit. By learning to alter our perspectives, connect with the deeper…

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2 Pages/2 Voices Staged Reading

January 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free and open to the public

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On Our Way Home from the Revolution: Book Launch

January 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free and open to the public Sonya Bilocerkowycz is the author of On Our Way Home from the Revolution, selected by David Lazar and Patrick Madden as winner of the 2018 Gournay Prize. Her debut book was also named a "Most Anticipated Essay Collection" for Fall 2019 by Literary Hub.  Sonya's essays and poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Guernica, The Southampton Review, Ninth Letter, Image, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. Before completing her MFA at Ohio State, she served…

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History Reading Salon

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on October 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on December 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on January 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on February 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on March 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm

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

Free and Open to the Public Explore the big issues and personalities of history. The History Reading Group focuses on one topic each month and invites attendees to bring in books, articles, pictures, or experiential knowledge to share. Topics have ranged from the Chicago Fire of 1871, to Martin Luther, to the Romanovs, to the Opium Wars. Join the conversation every first Thursday of the month. January 23: U.S. Eugenics, 1870-1950 February 27: The Conquests of Alexander the Great March…

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Speculative Nonfiction

January 25 @ 10:00 am
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$65

Member price:$65 Deadline to register: January 17, 11:59 pm Instructor: Sonya Bilocerkowycz Nonfiction is often understood to be the genre most bound by “facts” and “truth.” But as nonfiction writers, we recognize that sometimes a thing that feels true may not be so easily categorized. What, for example, is the role of imagination in nonfiction? Of memories misremembered? Of theorizing? Of cultural myths, or dreams, or hallucinations? Contemporary essayists Robin Hemley and Leila Philip suggest that speculative nonfiction “concerns itself…

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Poetry: Getting Unstuck

January 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$25

Member price: $22 Instructor: David Ruekberg Writer’s Block: Is there such a thing? William Stafford’s solution was to ignore “high standards” and “get into action.” Expecting every piece of writing to say it all creates pressure. Exercising your writing muscles every day, however, can help prepare you for the moment when the big piece needs to be lifted into life. In this class, we’ll explore ways to keep moving through the doldrums, including journaling, art, music, news, supermarket chatter, or…

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The Threshing Floor: LGBTQ+ Writing Group

January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:00 pm on day Last of the month, repeating until March 25, 2020

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free and open to the public 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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February 2020

Veteran’s Writing Group

February 1 @ 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 until March 7, 2020

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free and open to the public First Saturday of the month, 10am - 1pm

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Overcome Writer’s Block: Break Through the Resistance that Keeps You From Writing

February 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Member price: $22 Through writing exercises, discussions, and readings we’ll explore ways to tackle the blank page (or screen), silence the inner critic, and ease the anxiety of starting and finishing a writing project. Recommended Bibliography: The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield 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 So Hard to Say. His novel Bait won the Tomas Rivera Mexican-American…

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Wide Open Mic

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free and Open to the Public Whether you have a polished piece or a rough work-in-progress, come and share your writing with a supportive community of writers. We begin with a featured reader and then open the mic to all. 7pm First Wednesdays. February 5 featured reader: Jennifer Maloney Jennifer Maloney has lived in Rochester since 1985. She writes from a place of addiction and recovery; bone-deep knowledge of poverty; the wilds of mental illness; and with gratitude for the…

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The Book Thieves: Young Professionals Book Club

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until November 7, 2019

One event on February 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm

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

First Thursday of the Month Free and Open to the Public February 6: Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden March 5: Severance by Ling Ma

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Two Californias: Book Launch

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free and open to the public Robert Glick is an Associate Professor of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he teaches creative writing, electronic literature, and the occasional course on zombies. His work has won competitions from The Normal School, Copper Nickel, Diagram, Summer Literary Seminars, and New Ohio Review; other stories have been published in the Masters Review, Denver Quarterly, and Gettysburg Review. His first collection, Two Californias, was published by C&R Press in 2019.  Quirky, bittersweet,…

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First Fridays

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 6:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until March 6, 2020

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free and open to the Public

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Opportunity Spaces: Exploring the Flat Spots in Story

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Member Price: $65 Deadline to Register: January 31, 11:59 pm Instructor: Robert Glick In sentence, summary, and scene, works that are in process inevitably contain flat spots—unnecessary abstractions, unexplored character traits, buried thematics—that can undermine the power of the story. In this workshop, we will learn to recognize these flat spots as opportunity spaces, which, through expansion, give us room to breathe life into our stories and novels.  Recommended Bibliography: Bluets by Maggie Nelson Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje…

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CANCELED: Teen Writers Circle

February 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on January 25, 2020 at 10:30 am

One event on February 8, 2020 at 10:30 am

One event on February 29, 2020 at 10:30 am

One event on March 14, 2020 at 10:30 am

One event on March 28, 2020 at 10:30 am

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Member price: $144 Saturdays, January 11, 25, February 8, 29, March 14, 28 Instructor: TBD Ages 13+ Avid and accomplished teen writers meet to explore new approaches to their craft, give one another feedback under the guidance of published writers, and plot world domination, or at least the future domination of the publishing industry! Using examples, prompts, and optional outside assignments, participants explore literary genres, techniques, and approaches, and receive encouraging, strategic feedback on whatever works-in-progress are underway. We’ll set…

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Telling Secrets

February 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Member price: $22 Instructor: Liza Flum What would you say if no one was listening? Can poetry give us the space to write what we cannot say in everyday life? In this workshop, we’ll look at writers who turn to poetry as a way of expressing taboo, marginal, secret, or buried topics. We will talk about how we can create space in our own work to write about experiences and thoughts we find difficult to speak out loud. Generative in-…

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Writing Your Memoirs: The Surprise Story of Your Life

February 12 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until March 4, 2020

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$265

Member price:$225 Instructor: Anais Salibian Writing does more than put down what you already know; it helps you discover new meanings. If you're interested in writing about your life but don't know where to start, this is the class for you. We'll discuss different forms of memoir and do writing exercises that will help you find the stories inside the flow of events in your life. Writing does more than put down what you already know; it helps you discover…

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Write On for Homeschoolers

February 12 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 25, 2020

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$206

Member price: $182 Wednesdays, January 8 - March 25 (no class Feb. 19) Instructor: Caren Barth Ages 13+ We live to create at Write On. Students develop their own stories and poems. Weekly workshops focus on constructive, encouraging feedback and analysis. Classes include writing prompts or games, time to work on projects, and skill-building as needed. Content will be student-directed, so expect lots of creativity!

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Character Driven Fiction: Making it Happen

February 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 19, 2020

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$265

Member price:$225 Deadline to register: January 12, 11:59 pm Instructor: David Seaburn E.M. Forster suggested that if an author writes that the King died and then the Queen died, there is no plot for the story; but if the author writes that the King died and then the Queen died of grief, the writer has provided a plot line. It is through the nuanced complexity of characters’ internal lives and external actions that plots are driven. Participants in this workshop…

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Fiction Writer’s Workshop

February 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, repeating until February 13, 2020

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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$265

Member price:$225 Instructor: Brian Wood Writing is both an art and a craft. Sometimes writing can be spiritual, healing, an exuberance of creativity. The editing and crafting of words typically can feel just like work. But it's the work that provides rewards. Through careful examination of participants’ writing, this workshop will help you hone your craft and ready your writing for publication. You can look forward to engaging class discussions on the craft of fiction and how to strengthen your…

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Writers ROC!

February 14 @ 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:45 pm on Friday, repeating until May 15, 2020

Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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  Free and open to the public Ages 10-12 In this young writers group you’ll do some new writing, share your work, and hone your skills. This will be a supportive community mentored by MCC creative writing major Misty Yarnall, who will present writing prompts, offer tips for revising and editing, and most of all create space for young writers to gather!

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The Healing Power of Personal Writing

February 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Member price: $22 Instructor: Karen vanMeenen Personal writing can help us understand ourselves and our place in the world. This workshop will focus on expression first and craft second as we work from provided texts and writing prompts and share our experiences in a safe, supportive space. Ultimately, you will learn a variety of strategies for establishing a regular practice for personal writing in various forms. Karen vanMeenen has served as the Coordinator of Writers & Books’ Rochester Reads program…

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