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September 2019

Bridging Silos: Collaborating for Environmental Health and Justice in Urban Communities

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Free to Members | $5 General Public Presentation and Book Signing with Katrina Smith Korfmacher Low-income and marginalized urban communities often suffer disproportionate exposure to environmental hazards, leaving residents vulnerable to associated health problems. With her ground-breaking book, Korfmacher examines ways to collaborate across systems and sectors to address environmental health disparities. Bridging Silos studies three efforts to address long-standing challenges: childhood lead poisoning in Rochester; unhealthy built environments in Duluth, Minnesota; and pollution related to commercial ports and international…

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Erik & The Wolf

September 26 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$10
Hnossa

A young man learns of love and change at the hands of a mysterious young woman and a wood of ancient spirits. Hnossa concludes their series of encore performances with a return of their first show performed in Rochester.   Hnossa is a multimedia artists’ collective that uses myths and folktales of the past to explore the present and dream the future by weaving together layered soundscapes, song, and prose. Featuring three shows written by Didrik Söderström and Matt Frost and…

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Writers ROC!

September 27 @ 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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Writing the Self and Nature through the Work of Emily Dickinson

September 28 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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$132
Treehouse

Gell One-Day Intensive Instructors: Karen Van Meenen and Patricia Roth Schwartz Deadline to Register: September 27, 4:00 pm Spend a day getting to know Emily Dickinson at Writers & Books’ retreat center, set on 24 bucolic acres in the Bristol Hills. Karen vanMeenen and Patricia Roth Schwartz will guide you on an exploration of what love is, what death means, and how one’s own garden contains the universe. With this one-day intensive, you will read selected works by the iconic…

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October 2019

I Play His Red Guitar with Charlie Coté

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Book Launch with Charlie Coté and Special Guests Charles Coté’s new collection of elegies about his son’s illness and death, I Play His Red Guitar (Tiger Bark Press), has been lauded by Kim Dower as “remarkable and gorgeous poems, by turns tragic and joyful.” Coté is the author of Flying for the Window (Finishing Line Press, 2008). His work has appeared in Barrow Street, Big City Lit, Segue, Salamander, The Cortland Review, Connecticut River Review, Upstreet, Connotation Press, Ducts, Terminus,…

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A Celebration of the Life of Norm Davis

October 4 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free and open to the public. Join us on Friday, October 4 to celebrate the life of the inimitable Norm Davis. Participate in our Wide Open Mic—the forum of poetic expression that Norm loved so well—by sharing reminiscences of him or sharing your own writing or music. Snacks and libations will be available throughout but any special offerings are welcome. The evening will be hosted by Rick Petrie. For more information email karen@wab.org . In honor of Norm, wear a vest…

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Veterans Writing Group

October 5 @ 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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Poetry As Survival

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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$165

Gell One-Day Intensive 1 Session, October 5, 10 am - 5 pm Instructor: Charles Coté Deadline to Register: September 27, 11:59 pm Gregory Orr writes that "poetry is the thread that leads us out of the labyrinth of despair and into the light." Poems that emerge from crisis have the power to heal and re-stabilize us. In this one-day retreat at Gell, participants will work to make sense of the senseless, fashioning containers for their grief. Orr says, "To write…

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Teen Writers Circle

October 5 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$140

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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A Nest of Words: What Kind of Writer Bird Are You?

October 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Mini Workshop Instructor: Alison Meyers This workshop riffs off Gayle Brandeis’s discussion of how different birds’ approaches to nest building in the wild can jumpstart the creative process. Reading excerpts from such writers as Margaret Atwood (Ruby Throated Hummingbird), Orhan Pamuk (Common Tailorbird), and Patricia Smith (Satin Bowerbird), we will consider which avian habits coincide with our own writing style, interests, and goals. Participants will respond to visual prompts and lines from published works to choose construction material (subject matter)…

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Celebrating Joy Harjo

October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Participatory Reading | Featured poet: Rich Forester Free and Open to the Public Join us in celebrating Joy Harjo’s historic appointment as United States Poet Laureate, and plan to share your favorite Harjo poem at our “Open Mic for JH.” A selection of books by Joy Harjo will be available for purchase; refreshments provided.   Rich Forster has lived in the Rochester area AND started writing just over 30 years ago, exclusively poetry for much of that time. As an…

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Writers ROC!

October 11 @ 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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Poetry of Joy, Writing as Gratitude

October 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$65

Special Topic Workshop: 1 Session Saturday, October 12, 10 am - 12:30 pm Instructor: Kristen Zory King Deadline to Register: October 4, 11:59 pm The art of poetry and the art of gratitude are often interwoven. In this generative writing workshop, participants will examine joy and gratitude as active pursuits in both writing and life. We will study contemporary poems and poets who effectively acknowledge, appreciate, and, in turn, resist the world around them, including Ross Gay, Mary Oliver, Naomi…

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Children’s Book Basics

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

Mini Workshops Instructor: Will Hubbell Are you thinking about writing a children’s book? Have you started one? Published children’s book author and illustrator Will Hubbell discusses the unique aspects of writing for young audiences and provides essential information for aspiring children’s book authors. The class includes a writing exercise designed to help speed you to your goal. Participants also receive handouts.

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Meet Peter Lovenheim

October 16 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Valley Manor, 1570 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14610 United States
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Presentation, Q & A, and Book Signing  Valley Manor, 1570 East Ave., Rochester, NY Free and Open to the public Photo by DuHon Photography Join Valley Manor residents and neighbors and meet award-winning journalist and author Peter Lovenheim, who will present on his latest book of nonfiction, The Attachment Effect, an exploration of how early bonds with parents shape our personalities, relationships, and lives. Peter Lovenheim is an author and journalist whose articles and essays have appeared in the New York…

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Poetry with Terry Blackhawk: Reading and Book Signing

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$5

Free to Members | $5 General Public The Founder and Executive Director of InsideOut Literary Arts Project (1995-2015), Detroit’s legendary poets-in-the-schools program, Terry Blackhawk is the author of six collections of poetry, including Escape Artist, winner of the 2002 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, and the recently released One Less River (Mayapple Press, 2019), called by Patricia Hooper an “unspecified story of loss and recovery, of grief and the many meandering paths away from grief. . . . a luminous…

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The Ecstatic Ekphrastic: Craft Workshop

October 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$65

Special Topic Workshop: 1 Session Instructor: Terry Blackhawk Deadline to Register: October 16, 11:59 pm Poets since Homer and his description of the shield of Achilles in The Iliad or Keats with his urn have found inspiration in rendering or responding to visual art in writing. In a process known as ekphrasis, i.e. the detailed description of a work of visual art, the intersection of the verbal and the visual creates a rich field for reflection and inspiration. Through the…

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Teen Writers Circle

October 19 @ 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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Telling A Tale with Improv

October 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Mini Workshop Instructor: Joanne Brokaw Practice letting a story take you to new and wonderful places, even if it's someplace you’ve never planned to go. Fun improv games and exercises will help you break through writer's block or generate new ideas. No improv experience necessary.

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Poetry with Terry Blackhawk: Reading, Conversation, and Book Signing at Gell

October 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, 6581 W Hollow Rd.
Naples, 14512 United States
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$7

Free to Members | $7 General Public The Founder and Executive Director of InsideOut Literary Arts Project (1995-2015), Detroit’s legendary poets-in-the-schools program, Terry Blackhawk is the author of six collections of poetry, including Escape Artist, winner of the 2002 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, and the recently released One Less River (Mayapple Press, 2019), called by Patricia Hooper an “unspecified story of loss and recovery, of grief and the many meandering paths away from grief. . . . a luminous…

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ImageOutWrite Reading

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Free and Open to the Public Experience the literary side of ImageOut, Rochester’s excellent LGBT Film Festival. At this special reading, local writers and members of the ImageOutWrite team are on hand to share selections from their 2019 literary journal. Hear the authors’ words in their own voices, grab a copy of ImageOutWrite, and network and mingle.

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History Reading Group

October 24 @ 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

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.

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Writers ROC!

October 25 @ 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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Writing from Family Photographs

October 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$75

Special Topic Workshop: 1 Session October 26, 10 am - 12:30 pm Instructor: Karen vanMeenen Family photographs can be a rich source of story and symbol for writers. In this workshop, we will look at family photographs in history and from the participants’ personal collections. Guided prompts will allow for exploration, discovery and processing of memories and family stories, of both the past and looking toward the future. Karen vanMeenen has served as the Coordinator of Writers & Books’ Rochester…

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Generative Poetry Workshop

October 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Mini Workshop Instructor: Jessica Cuello This workshop will stimulate the creative process and bring forth new work. With a series of exercises designed to evoke our own obsessions in surprising ways, participants will write intensively and leave with several drafts for new poems. Selected poems by Tyree Daye, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Ashley Jones, Safia Elhillo, Naomi Shihab Nye, and others will be provided.

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The Threshing Floor: LGBTQ+ Writing Group

October 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 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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November 2019

Imagine Rochester’s New Indie Bookstore

November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

Come to 740 University Avenue and help imagine Rochester’s new Indie bookstore! As we build our inventory of small press, hard-to-find, and thought-provoking titles, we want your input. Which books changed your life? Who are your favorite authors? What are the groundbreaking new publications every excellent indie should carry? You're invited to grab a magic marker and write down your recommendations. And while you're here, browse recent arrivals on our shelves, offered at a discount (First Friday only), and enter…

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Rochester Children’s Book Festival

November 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monroe Community College, 1000 Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY United States
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Free and open to the public Come visit our sponsor table at the Rochester Children's Book Festival and meet Robin L. Flanigan, author of forthcoming M is for Mindful. This children’s abecedarian poetry book cultivates self-awareness, compassion, respect for diversity, and other practices that shape the way we think and act. The book’s short, easy-to-learn verses empower young readers to attain—and maintain—a happy, balanced, and considerate life. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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Teen Writers Circle

November 2 @ 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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This Is Your Life! Writing a Powerful Memoir

November 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$25

Mini Workshop Instructor: Mark Block This class is now full. The workshop will begin with a discussion of the key elements of writing effective memoirs. Using familiar prompts in a timed activity, participants will then be asked to write a short piece to share with the group. Group feedback will focus on how well each writer has utilized the key elements of memoir composition. Mark Block is a semi-retired educator, classroom teacher and trainer. He also served as Adjunct Instructor…

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Joke Writing Workshop

November 5 @ 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. Participants will receive priority slots at the open mic. 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…

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Writers & Books Comedy Open Mic

November 5 @ 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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Creating Compelling and Diverse Characters

November 6 @ 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 6, 2019

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

Evening Workshop: 6 Sessions, Wednesdays October 2 - November 6, from 6:30 pm - 9 pm Instructor: Alex Sanchez Deadline to Register: September 29, 11:59 pm What makes To Kill a Mockingbird’s Atticus Finch or The Color Purple’s Celie so engaging? We’ll explore the fundamentals of crafting layered, multidimensional characters through readings, videos, discussions, and writing exercises. We’ll learn how to create characters from the inside out, enlivening them with distinct personalities and voices. And we’ll look at ways to…

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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
$5

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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The Book Thieves: Young Professionals Book Club

November 7 @ 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

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

First Thursday of the Month Free and Open to the Public   Book: Deathless, by Catherynne M. Valente

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Writers ROC!

November 8 @ 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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Bruna Dantas Lobato Reading

November 8 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Bruna Dantas Lobato is a Brazilian writer and translator based in St. Louis. Her writing has appeared in A Public Space, BOMB, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Common, and elsewhere, and has been recognized with fellowships from Bennington College, NYU, the University of Iowa, A Public Space, and DISQUIET. Her translation of Caio Fernando Abreu’s Moldy Strawberries received a 2019 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant and is forthcoming from Archipelago Books in 2020.

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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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$165

Gell One-Day Intensive 1 Session November 9, 10 am - 5 pm Instructor: Anais Salibian Deadline to Register: November 8, 12:00 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…

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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
$25

Mini Workshop Instructor: Alex Sanchez This class is now full. 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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Reading with Martha Collins

November 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
$5

Martha Collins has just published her tenth book of poetry, Because What Else Could I Do. Her previous volumes include Admit One: An American Scrapbook, White Papers, and the book-length  poem Blue Front, as well as the paired volumes Night Unto Night and Day Unto Day. Collins has also published four volumes of co-translated Vietnamese poetry, most recently Black Stars by Ngo Tu Lap, and co-edited, with Kevin Prufer, Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries. Founder of the Creative Writing Program…

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Music & Literature: A Rochester Piano Club and Writers & Books Collaboration

November 10 @ 3:00 am - 6:00 pm
First Universalist Church of Rochester, NY, 150 S Clinton Ave
Rochester, NY 14604 United States
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UURoc: First Universalist Church of Rochester, NY Free and open to the public. Music and literature have a long history together – telling tales, passing on experiences, adding depth and emotion to a story. We're exploring this intersection between the written word and piano music with a collaboration between two Rochester organizations – Writers and Books and the Rochester Piano Club. Program: Theo Munson / RPC & Brian Wood / WAB A short story accompanied by the music of Chick…

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Writing an Identity Narrative

November 12 @ 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: Sarah Freligh and Gail Hosking

November 12 @ 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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Valley Manor Book Club Discussion – The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer.

November 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Valley Manor, 1570 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14610 United States
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Free and open to the public. Please join facilitator Kitty Jospé as she discusses David Treuer’s novel – The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present. "I came to conceive of a book that would dismantle the tale of our demise by way of a new story. This book would focus on the untold story of the past 128 years, making visible the broader and deeper currents of Indian life that have too long been obscured."…

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The Fiction Workshop

November 13 @ 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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Veteran’s Day Reading and Potluck

November 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States

This Veterans Day join us for an open mic and potluck for veterans, and listen to them share their moving work. Writers & Books has been fortunate to host the Veterans Writing Group every first Saturday. This Veterans Day join us for an open mic and potluck for veterans, and listen to them share their moving work.

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Writers ROC!

November 15 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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