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Upcoming Events at Writers & Books

The Writers & Books staff has collaborated to create an exciting list of events to keep you up to date this November!

The Big Pencil Awards is an opportunity to honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the Rochester literary community. Join us on Saturday, November 14 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, proceed with the presentation of awards, and conclude with fine teas, coffees, and desserts.

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Lauren Acampora, Debut Novel Series 2015

Lauren Acampora

November 16th, 7:00 PM- Reading Seminar led by Karen vanMeenen. Free

November 19th

12:10 PM – Reading at Nazareth College in the Golisano Academic Center (GAC) room 38. Free.

5:30 PM – A Novel Evening with Lauren Acampora – Join Lauren Acampora along with Writers & Books staff and board members for a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres & desserts at HBT Architects. $50 per person.

7:30 PM – Publishing Forum – Lauren Acampora will hold a candid discussion about the process of publishing her first novel. Learn about the ins and outs of publishing, and the often unusual path it takes for a book to go from the desktop to a book on your shelf. Free, but space is limited so reserve your spot today.

November 20th 7:30 PM – Public Reading & Book Signing – Hear Lauren Acampora read passages from her “dark and brilliant” debut novel. Book signing and reception afterwards. $8 members / $10 general public

November 21st – Master Class -Are you an aspiring writer? This is your chance to work closely with Lauren Acampora. The Master Class is a great opportunity to work with an exciting new voice. $35 members / $40 general public

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Gell Center

Writers & Books Gell Center of the Finger Lakes is winding down its programs, events and rentals prior to closing for the winter months from December 2015 – March 2016.

Wide Open Mic on Thursday will be the last program of the season. This will take place November 12th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Hosts Edgar Brown & DJ Kitzel, both avid fans of the Gell Center, have a terrific evening lined up! The theme is Gratitude Storytelling and Pot Luck Dinner Night, which is free and open to the public! Here’s the Gell Center address: 6581 West Hollow Rd. Naples, NY 14512



Youth Events

Breathing Fire Teen Poetry Slam is off to a great start, with four slams under our belts already! This is a unique opportunity for teens to share their poetry and compete for a spot on the teen slam team that will represent Rochester in national competition next summer! Twice a month we meet at the cozy and artsy Press Coffee at 480 E Main Street downtown near the Y and Eastman. Rochester’s own Roc Bottom slam team—our local adult slam team hosts the youth slam. They create an engaging and welcoming atmosphere for the FREE writing workshop (what teen writer can resist that?!), the open mic, and the slam. All teen writers are welcome—slam poets or not! Come write, listen, and maybe even take a spot at the mic yourself!

Upcoming dates:

November 11 & 18, December 9 & 16

6 pm Writing workshop, 7 pm open mic, 7:20 pm slam

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Mike Jr.: The 18 & Under Open Mic is a brand-new program to Writers & Books, hosted by the enthusiastic Julie Donofrio, who is being honored with the Writers & Books Big Pencil Award for a Teacher of Youth! All students, grades 4-12 are welcome to come read poetry, perform comedy, music, improv, or any other kind of live performance! Julie makes this a truly unique open mic by incorporating improv games throughout the evening for all who want to participate. Come join a community of creatives every first Thursday of the month at Writers & Books.

Next Mike Jr.: Thursday, November 5, 7 pm
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We hope to see you this soon!