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Social Media for Writers

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

Due to inclement weather, this class has been canceled and will be rescheduled in the spring. Stay tuned for more details.   Are you a writer (fiction or non-fiction) and you’d like to learn how to use Facebook and LinkedIn as effective tools? Jane Sutter, an experienced writer and owner of Sutter Communications, will teach students […]

$49.00

Creating Memory Maps For Memoir

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

Since human memory is a mystery, how to writers grapple with the details of the past? One way to capture these slippery details is to create a memory map, like a road to the past, a guide to our emotional truths. Getting these physical characteristics of scenes is the first step in creating vivid and […]

Why should I care? How to Create Compelling Characters

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

What makes a Harry Potter or Walter White so engaging they're addictive? Through writing exercises, guided discussions, and workshops of your written work you'll learn how to give life to characters from the inside out. Together we'll explore how to: make characters unique, dynamic, and passionate; build subtext for them; dig deep into their core […]

$210.00

Talking Shop: Writing & Editing Fiction

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

Looking for a little push to take your writing to the next level? We'll learn to strengthen how we read, write, and revise. You can expect to submit one short story or chapter for class critique. Each session we'll discuss an assigned reading, looking at the skills and techniques applied, followed by a detailed critique […]

$210.00

Poetry and the Natural World

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

Poet Billy Collins tells us “the birds are in their trees,...and the poets are at their windows.” Are you at your window or out in the wild? Contemporary nature poems touch on feelings about nature, metaphorical and symbolic meanings, or issues of ecology. We will read poems and essays, discuss human-nature relationship, danger, healing, and […]

Journals, Life, and Writing

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

A journal is a container for a writer’s fullest expression; it holds no judgment and provides a safe place where any subject can be explored. The course will introduce new writing techniques each session with an opportunity to create entries in a new/existing journal. We’ll learn about ourselves, how to become “unstuck” when writing, and […]

$139.00

How to Find an Agent

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

This class is now full. Partnering with a literary agent is often the vital first step on the business side of your publishing journey. In this class we will discuss the process of finding an agent, how to craft a query letter and synopsis, how to polish your sample pages, and practice pitching in person. […]

$73.00

Writing Flash Nonfiction

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

Flash nonfiction is a story shrunk into miniature form. It’s a moment in our lives, or a scene shaped and compressed into a small capsule, usually 750 words or less. This can be a challenging yet immensely rewarding form to work in. This form teaches one of the most valuable lessons of writing, and often […]

Blogging 201

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

Are you a blogger and you want to build traffic and interaction? Jane Sutter, owner of Sutter Communicationsand an experienced blogger, will teach proven strategies on how to grow your audience. Jane will share case studies of how successful bloggers do it. The class will be focused on actions that achieve results. Attendees should have […]

Writing More With Less

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

Ever find yourself staring at a blank screen just watching the curser blink? Or maybe you have an important story but don’t have the time to get it done. This class will equip you with the motivation, mindset, and tools to stop procrastinating and start creating, to do more with tight time constraints. Through fun […]

$139.00

Disrupted Narratives: Telling a Story Slant

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

Poetry is a concise form, one enacts an experience of something. What about the narratives that are more difficult to tell? What about grief, or disruption, or alterations, or marginalized experiences? Enter the disrupted form! In this class, we’ll look at various craft techniques that do exactly that. We’ll discuss them each, make a study […]

$49.00

Mini 1: Start Late, Finish Early: How to hook your reader and pick up the pace

Mini 1: Start Late, Finish Early: How to hook your reader and pick up the pace Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a longer class? These fun, low-cost sessions are a good way to meet our instructors, share with fellow students, and get writing! These classes have […]

Exploring the Healing Power of Personal Writing

Personal writing can help individuals understand themselves and their place in the world around them. This course 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, participants will learn a variety of strategies for establishing a regular […]

Time to Write

You know you want to write regularly—for your sanity, for your soul, to understand your own mind, to get a desired project completed, or to fulfill your dream or destiny as a writer—but something is getting in the way. Each session we will gather and write, explore techniques for carving out time and silencing inner […]

Writing Women

740 University Ave, 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 […]

$240.00

Mini 2: Writing Exercises

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Mini 2: Writing Exercises Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a longer class? These fun, low-cost sessions are a good way to meet our instructors, share with fellow students, and get writing! These classes have been popular, so register early to get a spot!

$10.00

Awakening: Writing Your Spiritual Memoir

In the classic film Groundhog Day, Phil the weatherman is confronted by a storm he didn't predict and couldn't control and forced to stay in Punxatawney, PA, doomed to repeat the day again and again. Using this film as a template for writing, we will explore Phil's progressive “waking up” experiences from a lonely, cynical […]

Mini 3: “Conversation is But Carving”: Writing Dialogue

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

Mini 3: "Conversation is But Carving": Writing Dialogue How can you squeeze more juice out of your dialogue?  If all you’ve got is two characters talking, you could be getting a lot more!  In this mini-workshop, we’ll look at very different approaches skilled novelists take to make their dialogue jump off the page.  We’ll take […]

$8.00

Flipping Fiction: How to Locate and Renovate Common Errors in Your Writing

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Doris Lessing said, “There are no laws for the novel.” But agents, editors, and writing instructors have a host of commandments for strong writing. So are there hard and fast rules to creative writing? Yes and no. This course will investigate a short list of “guidelines” and how you can practically apply them to strengthen […]

$97.00

Living to Tell, Telling to Live: Two Literary Exercises

We all have stories that are particular to our own experience. This two-hour workshop will lead you to produce two pieces of writing based on these events. We will muse on particulars by first answering questions and jotting down notes. Then we will let our imagination fly and use these bits and pieces to create […]

$49.00

Children’s Books Part 2: Publishing

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

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. This is the second of two seminars on Children's writing. […]

$73.00

Mini 4: Overcome Writer's Block—Break through the resistance, overwhelm, and inner criticism that keep you from writing

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Mini 4: Overcome Writer's Block—Break through the resistance, overwhelm, and inner criticism that keep you from writing Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a longer class? These fun, low-cost sessions are a good way to meet our instructors, share with fellow students, and get writing! These classes […]

$10.00

From Crib to College: Capturing Memories of Childhood & Parenting

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

1 Session Have you always wanted to write about your experience raising your child or children? This class will help you gain the confidence to start writing about your life as a parent. In this course you will read poems, essays, and non-fiction pieces by parent-writers and practice writing your own stories.

$49.00

Mini 5: Freelance Writing Tips

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Mini 5: Freelance Writing Tips Freelancing is like hitchhiking; you never know when a ride might come along. But do you have to take every ride that comes along? During our time together, I’ll help you figure out some strategies to finding the right clients and developing a freelance business. Come armed with questions.   […]

$10.00

Fiction Meets Nonfiction; Verse Meets Prose

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Cross the genre border and explore new terrain! Developing intriguing characters and engaging plots can enhance nonfiction pieces, while researching facts can bring depth to fiction writing. Writing poetry can sensitize us to wordplay and imagery. We will read personal essay, flash fiction, and poetry; and strengthen craft through writing exercises. Try creating mixed genre […]

$116.00

How to Write Funny

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

4 Sessions Since the earliest hieroglyphics, people have been injecting humor into their writing. (Bird, bird, eyeball, guy facing left!) When used correctly, humor can help you win over your audience, get your point across, or diffuse a tense situation. When used incorrectly, it can have the opposite effect. This class will examine various types […]

$143.00

Help! My Manuscript Needs Work—Troubleshooting Your Novel

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

A great book hooks readers with engaging characters, compelling plot, strong scenes, gripping language, and a unified theme. Whew, so much to accomplish! For most writers, it takes more than one draft. Together we'll workshop the writing you've done; help you take a fresh look at your story; explore tools and techniques for reworking and […]

$210.00

Mini 6: Improv for Writers

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Mini 6: Improv for Writers Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a longer class? These fun, low-cost sessions are a good way to meet our instructors, share with fellow students, and get writing! These classes have been popular, so register early to get a spot!

$8.00

Social Media for Writers

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

1 Session Are you a writer (fiction or non-fiction) and you'd like to learn how to use Facebook and LinkedIn as effective tools? Jane Sutter, an experienced writer and owner of Sutter Communications, will teach students how to use social media to promote their works (such as blogs and books) and build a following, connect […]

$49.00

Dealing with Time in Memoir

The juxtaposition of time and tenses is something memoirists have to deal with. When to comment on the past, when simply to portray experience and let it speak for itself? Memoirs by definition look backward. They are the response to what Kierkegaard said—that life can only be understood backward but must be lived forward. Come […]

$44.00

Writing Mothers

Motherhood, mothering, being mothered—a subject central to our lives—has always attracted writers. In this class, you'll consider examples of mothers from literature, with a focus on the techniques the authors used to create compelling characters and conflicts, and practice writing around the universal, expansive concept. Whether your chosen form is fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, you'll […]

$44.00

Mini 7: Writing Exercises

Mini 7: Writing Exercises Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a longer class? These fun, low-cost sessions are a good way to meet our instructors, share with fellow students, and get writing! These classes have been popular, so register early to get a spot!

$10.00

Mini 8: Editing Out Ego and Fear

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

Mini 8: Editing Out Ego and Fear Practicing reflection and fearlessness is an important part of writing, both in initially putting words on the page and during the revision process. This means cutting away at some of the fluff that obscures our work when we transpose ourselves too heavily over characters or narrative. This class […]

$10.00

Love and Theft: My All-time Favorite Short Stories

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

2 Sessions Let's take an in-depth look at three classic short stories--stories that are widely praised, and anthologized. What elements makes them great? How does a piece of writing carry an emotional impact? Through close reading, analysis, and discussion we will learn how a story can be successful and what we can do to emulate […]

$97.00

Blogging 201

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

1 Session Are you a blogger and you want to build traffic and interaction? Jane Sutter, owner of Sutter Communications and an experienced blogger, will teach proven strategies on how to grow your audience. Jane will share case studies of how successful bloggers do it. The class will be focused on actions that achieve results. […]

$49.00

Writing Poetry in the style of Frank O’Hara

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

1 Session Frank O'Hara ignored the poetic rules of his time and wrote with uninhibited play of the imagination, generous emotions, and ordinary events. He saw poetry as something living, not academic. His style opened up poetry for generations to come. Like us, he juggled the contradictory components of modern life. Come study his work, […]

$49.00

Writing the Labyrinth

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

New date: Wednesday, June 12 1 Session The labyrinth is an ancient geometric pattern, usually circular, formed of intertwined spirals with a single path leading to the center. The path in is the same path out (unlike a maze, which has numerous choices of routes and is designed to confuse). Walking the labyrinth activates the […]

$49.00

Mini 1: Writing From Family Photographs

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

Mini 1: Writing From Family Photographs - Please bring a few photographs   Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a longer class? These fun, low-cost sessions are a good way to meet our instructors, share with fellow students, and get writing! These classes have been popular, so […]

$10.00

Beyond the Self

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Only dealing with ourselves in memoir is a diary or self-conscious journal, interesting only to friends or family. True memoir must go beyond what we have buried in our hearts and encounter history and others. We must form our narratives to structure our attention to the world beyond us and to reflect on what our […]

$49.00

Marketing Your Book

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

1 Saturday, 10am-1pm Have you written a great book but it is not selling the way you hoped? Are you in the process of writing a great book and want to know how to launch it properly? This workshop will guide you through the distribution, marketing, and promotional side of things. We will cover how […]

$73.00

Experimental Storytelling: Writing Through Artifacts

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

1 Session Great great works of literature have been told via lists, powerpoints, tweetstorms, hotel reviews, recommendation letters, emails, youtube comments, .gifs... The first novels ever written were made-up diary entries. One of the best poems published last year was a flowchart. The number of forms your writing can take is endless. This generative workshop […]

$49.00

Fiction Camp

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

Jump-start your writing year by spending an invigorating week at Writers & Books. Perfect for getting those gears turning, each evening will feature a different teaching artist. In this course, we'll sharpen the skills necessary to make our fiction sizzle and pop off the page. This instructive workshop will include generative exercises to help you […]

$172.00

Poetry Camp (class full)

NY, United States

5 Sessions, Monday-Friday Ignite or re-energize your poetry by spending an invigorating week at Writers & Books. Perfect for getting those gears turning, each evening will feature a different teaching artist.  This course will include generative exercises and discussion of your own as well as published poems to help you get the most out of […]

$172.00

Writing the Self and Nature through the Work of Emily Dickinson

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

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 […]

$132.00
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