Upcoming Events

One-Week Adult Summer Camp: Fiction

Are you looking for an introductory fiction course to stir your creative juices this summer? In this weeklong workshop, taught each evening by a different instructor, participants will learn the skills necessary to make their fiction sizzle and pop off the page. This instructive workshop will include generative exercises to help you improve your fiction, […]

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My Side of the Mountain

Ages: 11 & Up Dare to discover your wild side! If books of survival like My Side of the Mountain, Hatchet, and Call of the Wild intrigue you, then don’t miss this week of full immersion in nature. Come to the Bristol Hills to learn about the wonders of the environment and practice fire-building skills, foraging […]

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Bienvenidos! Fun with Spanish

Ages: 5-7 If you want to explore the Spanish language in a fun and creative way, this is the course for you! We will learn the language through songs, games, stories, outdoor play, and multimedia. In addition, a walking field trip to the public market will help us learn and review our colors and food […]

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Shakespeare’s Stage

Ages: 14 & Up Calling young thespians! We’ll spend the week walking into the world of William Shakespeare and putting on one of his plays! Teens love exploring the intense and hilarious characters of Shakespeare’s plays.  We’ll explore his life and times and learn the secrets to his use of language. We’ll act, create sets, props, […]

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Tiny Tales: Flash Fiction

Ages: 14 & Up Sometimes inspiration strikes you in a glimpse, an image, or a moment. Sometimes those nuggets lead to full-fledged poems, stories, or creative essays, but other times, those slices become more powerful in the shortest form—the flash. In this week-long fiction intensive for teen writers, we’ll discuss sharp muses, condensed language, and […]

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My Name in Print

Ages: 8-11 Write, write, write! We will spend the first part of the course producing poems, stories, journal entries, and creative essays through imaginative writing prompts. Participants will be encouraged to try all genres, but will focus on the one(s) they feel most passionately about. Participants will learn to make the most of their writing […]

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Fantastic Beasts 101

Ages: 8-11 Are you a young magizoologist (a person who studies magical creatures)? Are you considering a career in the Department for the Regulation & Control of Magical Creatures? If so, Fantastic Beasts 101 is for you! Join fellow creature hunters as we prepare our own magizoologist kits and scour the Neighborhood of the Arts […]

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Stories ROC: Great Sport

True, personal stories on a common theme, shared in front of a live audience. Everyone has a story. What’s yours? Send your three-sentence story idea to StoriesRoc@yahoo.com. Join the conversation: www.facebook.com/Stories-ROC. Visit www. storiesroc.wordpress.com to view past shows. July 20: Great Sport: Stories of winning, losing, and everything in between.

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Gell Intensive

In this one-day intensive workshop, students will immerse themselves in the study of their chosen genre with some of the area’s top writers and teachers. This intensive includes four hours of workshops with peers, generative exercises, and one publishing panel to discuss topics ranging from “How do I find an agent?” to “Should I submit […]

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Mini-Workshop: Screenwriting

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.

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CAMP FULL: Hogwarts Academy

Ages: 8-13 Immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter as we turn all of Writers & Books into Hogwarts! Throughout the week students will have the chance to attend classes in Herbology, Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Transfiguration, Divination, History of Magic, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions, and much more! Hands-on activities will […]

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Dumbledore’s Army

Ages: 14 & Up Are you considering a career as an auror?  Do you look up to the members of the Order of the Phoenix? Do you wish you had more opportunities to gather with like-minded wizards and witches? We will begin each day in the Great Hall with all the Hogwarts students for a large […]

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One-Week Adult Summer Camp: Poetry

Are you looking to ignite or re-energize your poetry? In this weeklong workshop, taught each evening by a different instructor, participants will learn the tricks of the trade from four of the area’s leading poet-instructors. This course will include generative exercises and discussion of your own as well as published poems to help you get […]

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Writing Funny

Nothing is more rewarding than (intentionally) making your audience laugh. You understand humor, you have a funny idea, now write it! In this course, you’ll pitch, develop, and write a complete short humorous piece of your choosing. Along the way, you’ll share and get feedback from your classmates to see what’s working and what isn’t. […]

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History Reading Salon: 1876: The Disputed U.S. Presidential Election

Join the history buffs at Writers & Books as they explore the big issues and personalities of history. We do not choose particular books, only subjects. You can read any book or other material on the subject and join the discussion.

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Tips for Aspiring Freelance Writers

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, […]

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

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A Night At Hogwarts

Walk through Platform 9 3/4, be sorted into your house, and then join the fun of celebrating the birthday of The Boy Who Lived! Make a wand, concoct potions, play indoor Quidditch, take your own Have You Seen This Wizard photo, and so much more. Please come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character, if […]

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CAMP FULL: Mo Willems

Ages: 5-7 Have you read every single Elephant and Piggie book there is? Did you let Pigeon drive the bus? Mo Willems has been delighting young readers for more than a dozen years with books like Knuffle Bunny, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and his popular Elephant and Piggie series. These stories are full of personality and we […]

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Riding & Writing

Ages: 8-11 Horseback riding and creative writing combined! We’ll spend the full day Tuesday and Thursday at Double G Ranch in Bergen (transportation from W&B will be provided), working with real horses! We’ll learn horse care and riding skills. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be spent at Writers & Books making our own horse-inspired journals, […]

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CLASS FULL: Writers & Cooks: Menus for Every Meal

Ages: 9-13 Cook up a storm and put together your own cookbook in this busy, creative, and tasty workshop for budding young cooks and writers. Taught by a chef who is also an English teacher, this workshop will take place in a teaching kitchen. Participants will work from a full day’s menu—breakfast through evening snack—cooking, […]

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Write a Short Play

Ages: 10-13 Do you love theatre? Have you always wanted to write your own play? Then this class is for you! Through theatre games and writing exercises, we will learn how to tell a story meant for the stage. Our own 5 - 10 minute plays will be presented in a staged reading for friends […]

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CLASS FULL: Comedy Improv

Ages: 11-13 Have you ever seen the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and thought, “I’d like to do that!” Here’s your chance! Comedy improvisation is the art of acting without a script. You will try many theatre games, sometimes plugging in audience suggestions, with the result being at best hilarious and at the […]

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Songwriter’s Workshop

Ages: Teen Do you constantly have a tune playing in your head? Are you always listening to music? Do you wish you could write your own songs, like your favorite artists? Well, now you can! Under the guidance of professional songwriters, musicians, and poets, you will be led through the creative process of writing your […]

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Writing the Unexpected: A Fiction Workshop for Writers of Color

Ages: 14 & Up This class will be comprised of serious and advanced fiction writers of color. We will open with a discussion of the significance of storytelling and what draws them to the page before delving into craft. Students will learn how to build strong, complex characters who subvert stereotypes of race, gender, sexual […]

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Magic Treehouse Adventure Club

Ages: 5-7 Take part in wonderful magical adventures from the Magic Tree House series. Join Annie and Jack as they solve problems, help people, and travel around the world and through time. Through our exploration of the Magic Tree House books, we might visit China, the Swiss Alps, or the Australian outback! Like Annie and Jack, we will learn […]

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CLASS FULL: Writers & Cooks: Around the World

Ages: 9-13 Travel the world and put together your own cookbook in this busy, creative, and tasty workshop for budding young cooks and writers. Taught by a chef who is also an English teacher, this workshop will take place in a teaching kitchen. Participants will journey through five cuisines—cooking, eating, and discussing. They will annotate […]

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Writing a Fiction Series

Ages: 10-13 What could be better than seeing your favorite series stretching out along the library shelf, going on and on? What could beat the thrill of a favorite author releasing a new novel? How about writing your own serial adventure? Whether you want to build on a favorite series or create your own fiction […]

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Instagram: Pics & Poems

Ages: 12-14 In this class taught by a mother-daughter team, both the student’s visual and linguistic creativity will be engaged. We will learn what makes a good image: framing, lighting, setting, angle, color, and subject placement; and we’ll also explore poetic elements including sensory engagement, imagery, voice, rhyme, and message through use of short forms […]

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Teen Comedy Improv

Ages: 14 & Up Have you ever seen the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and thought, “I’d like to do that!” Here’s your chance! Comedy improvisation is the art of acting without a script. You will try many theatre games, sometimes plugging in audience suggestions, with the result being at best hilarious and […]

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Last Mondays Comedy Open Mic

Join us for the Last Mondays 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! Suggested donation: $4

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Facebook and LinkedIn for Writers

Are you a writer (of fiction or nonfiction) who would 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 connect with other writers/editors/publishers to find resources that would be helpful in writing and publishing, and to help […]

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The Book Thieves: Young Professionals’ Book Club

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman The Book Thieves is a group of young "professionals" who enjoy eating, drinking, and most importantly, talking about books. We are about as relaxed a YP group as they come, so don't be intimidated! Bring a dish/snacks/drinks to pass. Come for one book, […]

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First Friday & Wide Open Mic

It's First Friday, so come take a book home. Every First Friday, we're offering a discount in our bookstore: $3 paperbacks, $5 hardcovers, and $10 past Rochester Reads books. Stop in, peruse the bookshelves, enjoy a snack, and stay for Wide Open Mic hosted by Norm Davis at 7 p.m. in the Performance Space.

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Veterans Writing Group

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 class is to help vets write about their experiences in their own words […]

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Storyboarding for Fiction Writers

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 […]

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

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Telling Tales

To register please visit mag.rochester.edu/classes Registration for this camp opens April 14. Ages: 7-9 In this exciting collaboration between Writers & Books and the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery, you’ll create your own characters and explore your own story ideas while learning at the hand of master teaching artists: a writer and a […]

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Young Storytellers

Ages: 8-11 The art of storytelling is important for confidence in any presentation. This class will introduce skills needed to perform and engage an audience. We will practice a variety of techniques to deliver a story including voice, body language, and facial expressions. We will learn to really make a story come alive in the […]

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Poetry, Pottery, & Paper

Ages: 8-11 In this collaboration between Writers & Books and the Flower City Arts Center, you’ll have a unique opportunity to merge visual arts with creative writing. You will use a press mold to create a ceramic book, write pottery-inspired poems, interview real artists, make paper, and use a letterpress to print the words you […]

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World Building

Ages: 12-14 Who is the world’s second tallest man and how does he ride a bike or go shopping? What household objects do the miniature people in the classic book The Borrowers repurpose to create lives similar to our own? How does one get from the world of everyday life into a fantastical world— is it through […]

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Create a Modern-Day Radio Drama

Ages: 14 & Up Imagine if the Twilight Zone were on the air in 2018. What would it sound like today? In this week-long camp, students will write and produce a dramatic and thrilling audio play. Students will work together to create a riveting script, learn voice-over techniques, add sound effects that heighten the mood, and […]

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Small Truths: Flash Nonfiction

Ages: 14 & Up Joan Didion said “Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.” In this week-long nonfiction intensive for teen writers, we’ll explore experiences from your lives that seemed unexamined, or perhaps are in need of further examination. We’ll discover how meaning can coalesce in a single moment and how to craft those […]

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Magnus Chase Norse Myth Reader’s Theater

Ages: 8-11 Explore the rollicking, daring tale of Magnus Chase, the Norse Demi-god. We will look into Sword of Summer, the first book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series. Magnus, cousin of Greek demi-god Annabeth Chase, collides head-on with the Nine Worlds of the Norse Gods. Adventure, magic and heroic deeds […]

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Secret Lives of Animals

Ages: 8-11 From the Talking Beasts of Narnia to Warrior cats to the owl Hedwig, animal characters fill youth fiction with adventure, both realistic and fantastic. We’ll observe real animals with a ZooMobile visit. We’ll share our favorite animal stories and write some of our own. We’ll make the kinds of choices authors face when […]

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A Summer of Unfortunate Events

For ages 12-14 Dear Reader, If you are a writer (and I am sorry if you are) interested in creating happy endings, then you would be better off taking another class. Here, I am afraid, you will write zero happy endings. If you enjoy imagining such activities as camping on dangerous cliffs and swimming in […]

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Write to Act

Ages: Teen Participants will transform thoughts and feelings into a written piece that can be used in a short performance for the class.  We will use many techniques such as theatre games, improv, and monologue reading to explore the impact of emotions and words.  We will use poetry, songwriting, journal entries, writing prompts, and meditations to reveal […]

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Citizens: A Conversation on Race, Identity, and Democracy

Ages: 14 & Up Using Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen: An American Lyric, which recounts acts of racism in lyrical prose poems, as a jumping off point, we will engage in discussion and writing around racial, identity, and social justice issues. We will examine the question of what makes a person the “other.” Through open, ongoing […]

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Poetry Reading for Fiction Writers

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 […]

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Blogging 101

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 […]

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