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Introduction to Fiction

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

You’ve always wanted to write fiction but have not known where to begin. This class will examine the basic principles and techniques of fiction that everyone new to fiction writing needs to know: point-of-view, dialogue, plotting, and character development. Learn to dig into your own cache of memories and experiences for story material, train your […]

$172.00
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Flash! Fiction and Photography

Flower City Arts Center Address: 713 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

In this collaborative experience with Flower City Arts Center, students will create their own fictional stories with a skilled writer and then learn how to create their own black-and-white photographs with a skilled photographer to illustrate their writing. Students will have craft lessons in setting, character, and story arc, and will gain hands-on experience using […]

$300.00

Written With the Body: Compositional Improvision

Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat 6581 W Hollow Rd., Naples, United States

Experimental, risky, playful, vulnerable, and generative, Compositional Improvisation is a fully embodied practice of composing (individually and collaboratively) with movement, text, sound, and space in the moment to create fully realized “pieces” without rehearsal or planning. Together we’ll develop our ability to “make it up” by honing our attention to choice-making and the elements of […]

$88.00
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Unfolding Pleasure: The Sentence Experience

“Why should a sequence of words be anything but a pleasure?” Gertrude Stein asks. A pleasure to read and a pleasure to write. Learn how to experience your sentences from your readers' points of view. If you don't want to get them lost or bored, you have to make the right choices in diction, syntax […]

$139.00

Writing Children’s Books

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

Interested in writing for children? This seminar will get you started. Published children’s author and illustrator Will Hubbell provides three hours of inspiration and information. The emphasis will be the unique challenges and opportunities of the field. The history and aesthetics of writing for children will also be covered. Handouts provided.

$73.00

Publishing Children’s Books

Have you written a children’s book? Are you considering writing one? Published children’s author and illustrator Will Hubbell provides three hours of essential information on getting published for aspiring children’s authors. Topics include the nut-and-bolts of submission, the publishing process, agents, contracts, and even taxes. Handouts provided.

$73.00

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Walking With Poets IV: Choosing a Response (Ekphrasis: painting)

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

What is the dialogue between painting and word? Sometimes a good match provides an excellent prompt to a surprising insight. In the first session, we will analyze the craft of both art and poem and discuss correspondences as well as examine how different painters respond to the same subject. We will end the session at […]

$104.00

Marketing Online and Off

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

No matter what kind of writing you do, it’s essential to market your work and yourself to get published and be read. The online world offers constantly expanding ways to market your writing, but conventional methods still have a role to play. Use this class to learn about both traditional and new ways to get […]

$49.00

Mini-Workshop: Writing Exercises

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

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, fellow students, and get writing! Just like our old Writing Aerobics, feel free to register or just walk in.

$10.00

Mini-Workshop: Exploring the Healing Power of Personal Writing

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

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, fellow students, and get writing! Just like our old Writing Aerobics, feel free to register or just walk in.

$10.00

Mini-Workshop: Hook your reader with your first line

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

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, fellow students, and get writing! Just like our old Writing Aerobics, feel free to register or just walk in.

$10.00

Publication Bootcamp

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

Publication Bootcamp is perfect for writers just starting to send out submissions, or for those who yearn for a more systematic approach. In this three-hour course, learn how to navigate literary journal submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, and poetry; write a cover letter; research markets; and set up a tracking system. By […]

$73.00

Poetry Writing: From Form to Free Verse

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

Lamenting the turn away from formal verse, Robert Frost said that free verse poetry is like playing tennis without a net. In this course, we will learn from form how to build nets in free verse. Each week we will focus on discussing a particular form of poetry (sonnets, villanelles, sestinas, etc.), concluding with free […]

$139.00

Foundations of Fiction

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

You can’t raise a great building on a shaky foundation; you must have a solid base. Whether you’re a beginning writer or a seasoned author, you can always strengthen the foundation of your fiction. Join us as we explore the cornerstones of great writing: plot, character, voice, dialogue, and scene. Learn how to establish a […]

$210.00

The Hermit Crab: Write Provocatively

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

The hermit crab essay offers endless and provocative ways to write nonfiction. In this course, writers will use alternative structures to explore their experiences—for example, a dictionary entry for grief that explores the loss of one’s parent or a how-to manual for dismantling a home that explores one’s divorce. Writers will read and discuss several […]

$172.00

Mini-Workshop: Memoir & Self-discovery: Find the themes that shape your life story

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

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, fellow students, and get writing! Just like our old Writing Aerobics, feel free to register or just walk in.

$10.00

Mini-Workshop: Screenwriting

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

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, fellow students, and get writing! Just like our old Writing Aerobics, feel free to register or just walk in.

$10.00

Tips for Aspiring Freelance Writers

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

Getting paid to write sounds like an exciting and fairly easy thing to do—but it takes more than good writing skills and imagination, and there are both pitfalls to avoid and options to explore. Students will hear from a widely published freelance writer/editor about all aspects of freelancing including finding work that pays, setting rates, […]

$49.00

Mini-Workshop: Writing Exercises

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

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, fellow students, and get writing! Just like our old Writing Aerobics, feel free to register or just walk in.

$10.00

Storyboarding for Fiction Writers

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

Storyboarding is a way of visualizing and sequencing the scenic aspects of a story in the most compressed way to meet the needs of that story and the interests of the audience. It can be invaluable in architecting a work or critiquing a completed draft. We will explore various methods to create a storyboard on […]

$97.00

Mini-Workshop: Writing Exercises

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

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, fellow students, and get writing! Just like our old Writing Aerobics, feel free to register or just walk in.

$10.00

Poetry Reading for Fiction Writers

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

William Carlos Williams said that poetry is a machine made out of words, but maybe poetry is just a prime vehicle for showing how all writing is a machine. This course will examine key tools in the poet's toolbox (syntax, line, sound play) and explore how poetry's lessons can be incorporated into prose writing. The […]

Blogging 101

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

Do you know a lot about a topic and want to share your expertise? Blogging is a great way to do that. Jane Sutter, an experienced blogger and owner of Sutter Communications, will teach students how to write a mission statement for their blog; share tips on writing an effective blog and headline; how to […]

$49.00

Mini-Workshop: Writing Exercises

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

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, fellow students, and get writing! Just like our old Writing Aerobics, feel free to register or just walk in.

$10.00

Mini-Workshop: Writing from Family Photographs

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

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, fellow students, and get writing! Just like our old Writing Aerobics, feel free to register or just walk in.

$10.00

Erasure Poetry

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

In this workshop, participants will learn about and try their hand at erasure poems. Also known as blackout poems, erasure poems are culled from a source text that is (in many cases) not inherently poetic. Source texts could include scientific textbooks, political speeches, celebrity interviews, or national park brochures. The writer then erases or blacks […]

$49.00

Mini-Workshop: Love, Loss, Memory: The stories you always meant to write down

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

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, fellow students, and get writing! Just like our old Writing Aerobics, feel free to register or just walk in.

$10.00

Introduction to Memoir

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

The personal essay is the single best way to understand one of the basic rules of memoir: tell one story at a time. In this course, you will first create a blueprint of the larger story you’d like to tell, then focus on creating several short essays. Each nonfiction essay will serve as an individual […]

$300.00

Marketing for Writers

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

Many writers may not know that there are ways to expose their work beyond the traditional publishing route. In this class we will develop a tailored marketing platform based on your writing and non-literary passions, using new do-it-yourself techniques. The goal is to increase your chance to market your work to a larger audience; become […]

$132.00

Publication Bootcamp

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

Perfect for writers just starting to send out submissions, or for those who yearn for a more systematic approach. In this three-hour course, learn how to navigate literary journal submissions for short fiction, CNF, flash, and poetry: write a cover letter, research markets, and set up a tracking system. By the end of class, you’ll […]

$73.00

Getting Started in Fiction

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

If you have ever wanted to write fiction, but didn’t know where to start, this course is for you. Participants will learn and practice key elements of fiction writing including point of view, plot development, character creation, and dialogue. Bring your story ideas and be ready to write.

Podcasting

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

In this course, you will learn how to create your own podcasts and write your own scripts. You will also do research for your story-centered podcast regardless of the genre or subject matter. Lastly, you will record audio files for your podcasts, edit them, add sound effects (if you so choose), and share them at […]

Beginning Poetry

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

Do you have a way with words? Would you like to develop it into something more? In our six-week course, we will read contemporary poets, discuss craft, dive into writing exercises, workshop poems, and work toward creating a submission to send out into the world! We will do all of this in a challenging but […]

The Family of Things: Writing the Self and Nature through the Work of Mary Oliver

Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat 6581 W Hollow Rd., Naples, United States

Mary Oliver's writing connects the human with the universal of nature, of the earth. She focuses on the importance of observation, and writes of paying attention and being open to being astonished. Through a deep, day-long exploration of Oliver’s poetry and essays in the natural beauty of the Gell Center in Bristol, we will write […]

$139.00

Interplay of Character & Place

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

Whether you are writing narrative scenes or lyrical passages, set up your creative writing with lively, intriguing characters and vivid places. We’ll discuss sample essays to explore observation and imagery, place as character, reflection of character in place, and place as culture. We’ll delve into conversation, gesture, and narrator as character and try skill-developing activities. […]

Vision and Process in Poetry: Inspired by Monet

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

Poets need to learn from painters, says Horace. The Monet exhibit at Memorial Art Gallery, featuring eight paintings of the Waterloo bridge, provides a unique study of serial painting, emphasizing atmosphere instead of a subject. In this workshop, we’ll read ekphrastic poems responding to Monet paintings to identify successful use of craft and how it […]

Class Full: Writing Illness

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

In this class, writers will write about illness (mental, chronic, terminal, and/or invisible) as a means to explore the human condition. Through writing the visceral experience of the body and mind, interrogating what it means to be vulnerable, writers (whether patients, caretakers, or survivors), establish empathy by making art. At the end of five weeks, […]

$172.00

Your One Wild & Precious Life: Writing and Yoga

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

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 guide you through questions: What would you like to focus on this year? What are your almost forgotten dreams? What is meaningful to you? What are your […]

Writing Women

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

What if you could overcome self-doubt and give yourself permission to write? What if others celebrated your creativity and encouraged you to plow ahead? Whether you journal, write poetry, fiction or non-fiction, there’s a place for you here. We’ll give you the tools to help you break through and establish a regular writing practice. Join […]

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