Writing the Next Chapter

Since opening its doors, Writers & Books has become one of the most vibrant literary centers in the country. In June 2016, the organization will reach two important milestones: its 35th anniversary and the retirement of founding director Joe Flaherty.

Now, Writers & Books supporters are stepping forward to ensure that this local treasure can continue to engage minds and enrich lives for decades to come. Our goal is to retire the organization’s debt and create a permanent fund that will allow for new and expanded programs.

The Writing the Next Chapter Campaign will enable Writers & Books to put new funds to the best possible use—for increasing educational scholarships, bringing the world’s best writers to town, maintaining facilities, and expanding the programming that touches tens of thousands each year.

This is a wonderful opportunity to honor Joe Flaherty’s legacy and solidify Writers & Books’ future, guaranteeing that generations to come experience Rochester as a thriving literary community.

Campaign Vision:

Honor Joe Flaherty’s legacy
Create exciting new programs
Expand and upgrade facilities
Guarantee that generations to come experience Rochester as a thriving literary community

Writing The Next Chapter Committee

Co-Chairs: Bruce Gianniny, Ken McCurdy, Lois Taubman

Committee Members: Jim DeCaro, Bev Gold, Grant Holcomb, George Sharr, Mary Widger, Henry Williams

Honorary Chair: Ann Patchett