Upcoming Events

Telling the Truth: Advanced Memoir

If you’re writing a memoir, you can get stalled by wanting to protect yourself or others from the truth. This class will be a safe container for grappling with how to tell both the difficult and the inspiring, and how to find the right voice and structure for your story. We will review basic elements […]

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Marketing for Writers

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 […]

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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: $6

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Publication Bootcamp

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 […]

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Getting Started in Fiction

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.

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Write On for Homeschoolers

We live to create at Write On. Stories and skits go from idea to ready-to-share as we take them through the 5-step writing process. Classes include writing prompts or games, time to work on projects, and a little break to play (outdoors, when the weather allows). Content will be student-directed, so expect lots of creativity! […]

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Writing Women: A Time to Create

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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Sketchbook Lines

Vitalize your writing! We’ll explore your ideas through noting observations and drawing sketches. The purpose is to enhance writing through seeing and then expand upon the sketches to new writings. This class does not require drawing skills; we’ll learn sketching without judgment, finding your natural line. As you associate metaphors and memories with your observations, […]

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History Reading Salon: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971

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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Teen Writers’ Circle

Avid and accomplished teen fiction writers meet to explore new approaches to their craft, give each other feedback under the guidance of published writers, and plot world domination, or at least the future domination of the publishing industry! Using examples, prompts, and optional outside assignments, we’ll explore literary genres, techniques, and approaches. We will offer […]

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Children’s Books Part I

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. This is the first of two […]

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Podcasting

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 […]

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Mini 1: Writing Exercises

Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a long 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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Beginning Poetry

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 […]

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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 […]

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Intermediate Fiction

In this workshop we will concentrate on honing and strengthening how we read, write, and revise. By creating better habits in these areas we’ll improve the quality and production of our fiction. Each student is expected to submit one short story or novel chapter for class critique. In each session we will discuss an assigned […]

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It’s Still Alive: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) has seared itself into the intellectual imagination. The cultural landscape bears witness to its omnipresence—and with good reason. As we grow increasingly dependent, and anxious, about our brave, new technological world, her fiction raises crucial questions about the social and ethical responsibilities of scientific research, the progression of technology, and who/what […]

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The Lonely Child Book Launch with Susan Moyer

$3 Members/ $6 General Public Join author, speaker, and adoptee-rights supporter Susan Moyer for a book signing event for her newly published memoir The Lonely Child: The Journey to Find My Biological Family. In it, Susan tells the story of searching for over thirty years in hope of discovering her biological family, and how her […]

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Mini 2: Exploring the Healing Power of Personal Writing

Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a long 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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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 […]

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Advanced Poetry

This class will build on your knowledge of imagery, sound, and rhythm by examining how metaphor, subtext, and structure can deepen and expand your poems in progress. The final weeks will be devoted to the study of a full-length poetry collection and how that pile of poems you’ve written might grow up and become a […]

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Genesee Reading Series: Karla Merrifield & William Heyen

Now in its 36th year, the Genesee Reading Series is a smorgasbord for your literary palate. Come every month on the second Tuesday, and by the end of the year, you will have feasted on the work of 24 regional authors (some prominent, some emerging; writers of fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, memoir). It‰۪s up […]

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East of Eden

John Steinbeck’s magisterial novel East of Edenexplores love, faith, good and evil, and the whole human condition; it is a literary masterpiece and a tremendously good read. Participants in this seminar will read and discuss East of Edenover eight weeks. This course is for anyone who loves a good conversation about a great book, and […]

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

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 […]

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Children’s Books Part II

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 nuts-and-bolts of submission, the publishing process, agents, contracts, and even taxes. This is the second of two seminars on Children’s Books. […]

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Nonfiction Book Proposals

In this course students will learn how to construct each building block of a nonfiction book proposal—from outlines to sample chapters—so the proposal is compelling from beginning to end. We will also work individually, so students can either begin a proposal or solidify and enhance one already in the works.

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Mini 3: Writing Exercises

Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a long 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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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 blogs; share tips on writing an effective blog and headlines?; how to […]

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Advanced Fiction

You’ve been writing, you’ve taken a couple classes, and you’ve finished some stories. Now a workshop-centered class may be just what you need to improve your writing and gain confidence in your craft. In this class we’ll read each other’s work and critique closely in a spirit of encouragement and helpfulness. You will come away […]

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Lyric Essay

Deborah Tall once said of the lyric essay: “It stalks its subject like quarry but is never content to merely explain or confess. It elucidates through the dance of its own deliberating.” In this class we will explore the subgenre of the personal essay that includes such forms as collage and hermit crabs. Consider experiences […]

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

Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a long 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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Make Me Care: The First 20 Pages of Your Novel

“Make me care” is the first rule of storytelling, especially in your opening, where you either hook or lose a reader. In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn how to craft strong first pages to make a manuscript “unputdownable,” common mistakes and how to avoid them, which plot points to introduce and which to unfold, and […]

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History Reading Salon: Communism & Socialism since the Russian Revolution, 1917

Join Writers & Books‰۪ history buffs 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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Mini 5: Writing Exercises

Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a long 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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Interplay of Character & Place

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. […]

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Mini 6: Story Starter: Point of View

Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a long 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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Blogging 201

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. Attendees should […]

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Ekphrastic Poetry

Ekphrastic poetry is the poet’s response to a work of art. In this course, you will respond to various art forms in poetry, becoming acquainted with the history of the form, and write poems that place you in conversation with the arts. Through generative exercises, explorative prompts, and the feedback and support of your peers, […]

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Mini 7: In the Beginning: Jump-starting poems & microfiction

Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a long 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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Genesee Reading Series: Martin Naparsteck & Sara Kersting

Now in its 36th year, the Genesee Reading Series is a smorgasbord for your literary palate. Come every month on the second Tuesday, and by the end of the year, you will have feasted on the work of 24 regional authors (some prominent, some emerging; writers of fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, memoir). It‰۪s up […]

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Writing the Labyrinth

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 problem-solving left brain. As a leading labyrinth […]

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Mini 8: Dealing with Time in Memoir

Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a long 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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Facebook and LinkedIn for Writers

Are you a writer (fiction or non-fiction) 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 promote […]

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History Reading Salon: Hemophilia and the Fall of the Romanovs

Join Writers & Books‰۪ history buffs 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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Mini 9: Memoir & Self-Discovery

Never taken a writing workshop before? Want to try something new? Thinking about taking a long 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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Genesee Reading Series: David Michael Nixon & Helen Ruggieri

Now in its 36th year, the Genesee Reading Series is a smorgasbord for your literary palate. Come every month on the second Tuesday, and by the end of the year, you will have feasted on the work of 24 regional authors (some prominent, some emerging; writers of fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, memoir). It‰۪s up […]

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Writing Illness

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, […]

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Fiction Camp

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, culminating in a student reading Friday night. “This was an incredibly exciting, inspiring class—I loved every evening and went home so energized.” – Doreen Smethurst Ignite or re-energize […]

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Poetry Camp

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, culminating in a student reading Friday night. “This was an incredibly exciting, inspiring class—I loved every evening and went home so energized.” – Doreen Smethurst In this course, […]

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How to Find an Agent

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. This course will help prepare […]

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