Upcoming Events

Stories ROC – Grandma’s Kitchen

True, personal stories on a common theme, shared in front of a live audience.   December 20 - Grandma's Kitchen: Stories of family dinners, heartburn, and more Admission - $10   Everyone has a story. What's yours? Send your three-sentence story idea to StoriesRoc@yahoo.com   Join the conversation on our Facbeook page. Visit our website to view […]

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Vision and Process in Poetry: Inspired by Monet

Poets need to learn from painters, says Horace. The Monet exhibit at Memorial Art Gallery, featuring eight paintings of the Waterloo bridge, provides a unique study of serial painting, emphasizing atmosphere instead of a subject. In this workshop, we’ll read ekphrastic poems responding to Monet paintings to identify successful use of craft and how it […]

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Genesee Reading Series: David Ruekberg and Charlie Cote

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 close and personal in the […]

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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 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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Becoming: The Spiritual Art of Revision

Once you have a rough draft, how do you see what it wants to become? By what process do you find voice and structure? How do the right questions transform both your writing and you? Come with a draft of any length in any prose genre. This class offers a series of exercises that help […]

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Your One Wild & Precious Life: Writing and Yoga

Mary Oliver asks in her poem “The Summer Day”: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” This workshop will guide you through questions: What would you like to focus on this year? What are your almost forgotten dreams? What is meaningful to you? What are your […]

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Writing Women

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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Beyond Memoir

Explore forms of personal essay such as lyric, spiritual, contemplative, humorous, nature, or opinion. Draw on memories, experiences, observations, or data to tell your story and express your ideas. We will discuss craft: scene, storytelling, imagery, character, and structure of your piece. Combine personal meanings and universal themes. Draw your readers into your reflections, experiment […]

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Teen Writers’ Circle

Avid and accomplished teen 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 encouraging […]

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Art of the Personal Essay

Explore forms of personal essay such as lyric, spiritual, contemplative, humorous, nature, and opinion. Draw on memories, experiences, observations, or data to tell your story and express your ideas. We will discuss craft: scene, storytelling, imagery, character, and structure of your piece. Combine personal meanings and universal themes. Draw your readers into your reflections, experiment […]

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The Stories You Need to Tell: Mixed Level Memoir

This course gives students the support and structure to begin or continue writing. We will read creative nonfiction essays by contemporary writers, generate a few first drafts through writing exercises, and take one short essay of your own through a round of revision. We will cover such topics as setting, imagery, and where to begin […]

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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. In this course, we’ll sharpen the skills necessary to make our fiction sizzle and pop off the page. This instructive workshop […]

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2 Pages/2 Voices

Each year, Writers & Books and Geva Theatre Center collaborate to present 2 Pages/2 Voices, an evening of short plays written by area writers and read by area actors.   Rules for submission are simple: Each play is no more than two pages in length and contains no more than two characters. The only other […]

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He Said, She Said: The Art of Writing Dialogue

The easiest way to bring your characters to life is through their own voices, yet many writers struggle with dialogue. We’ll look at common pitfalls writers face when making their characters speak and how to avoid them. You’ll learn the elements of good dialogue through lecture and class discussion and then put them into practice […]

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Festival of Fiction

Do you love to write? Are there ideas in your head that you can’t wait to get onto paper? Are there stories you are dying to finish but don’t know how? In this class we will learn about all the different elements that you need to create an exciting, well- rounded story. What makes a […]

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Book Marketing

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 to find your […]

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Poetry Camp

Ignite or re-energize your poetry with some of the area’s leading poetry teaching artists. This course will include generative exercises and discussion of your own as well as published poems to help you get the most out of your work. A perfect fit for beginning poets as well as poets looking to reinvigorate their lines.  […]

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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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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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Books Rock! Harry Potter

Introducing our NEW BOOK CLUB for Tweens and Teens (recommended ages 11-14). Join other avid readers and an experienced, engaging facilitator to discuss books in-depth. Plus, participants get to give input for future book selections! Join Chris Fanning (Professor Dalton to Hogwarts Academy graduates) on Harry Potter’s half birthday for an engaging discussion about the […]

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Books Rock! FULL SERIES

Introducing our NEW BOOK CLUB for Tweens and Teens (recommended ages 11-14). Join other avid readers and an experienced, engaging facilitator to discuss books in-depth. Plus, participants get to give input for future book selections! Jan 31: Join Chris Fanning (Professor Dalton to Hogwarts Academy graduates) on Harry Potter’s half birthday for an engaging discussion […]

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The Twenty-Fifth Poem: Poetry Manuscripts and Chapbooks

“Did I mention to you Robert Frost's remark — it is a very Horatian remark — that if you have a book of twenty-four poems, the book itself should be the twenty-fifth? And I have tried that every time, every time.”--James Wright This six-week workshop will focus on the various strategies for organizing a chapbook […]

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Science Fiction

The future ain’t what it used to be. The science fiction of rockets and ray guns has evolved into a constellation of genres and subgenres that accommodate an unlimited imagining of what could be. If you like to read and want to write science fiction of any flavor, this workshop is for you. We’ll share […]

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Enter Stage Write: The 10-minute Play

Create drama on the spot, learn and refine storytelling techniques for the stage. By the end of the class you will have a solid understanding of the elements of drama: character, action, themes, language, tone, etc. And you will have a 2-page and 10-page play to submit to the many contests and festivals that feature […]

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Social Media for Writers

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 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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Talking Shop: Writing & Editing Fiction

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 […]

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Genesee Reading Series: Christian Wessels and Jennifer Maloney

Christian Wessels and Jennifer Maloney 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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Creating Memory Maps For Memoir

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 […]

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Why should I care? How to Create Compelling Characters

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 […]

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Fun with Fiction Writing

Don’t you love the way a good book draws you in from the first line? Is your imagination full of ideas for exciting plots? Maybe you have a pile of stories you’ve already written. You will be led through engaging writing exercises to get the imagination churning, as well as lessons in the craft of […]

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FULL WEEK: Fun with Fiction Writing & Comedy Improv

Combine Fun with Fiction Writing & Comedy Improv for a full week!

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FLASH! Fiction & Photography

In this collaborative experience with Flower City Arts Center students will create their own fictional stories with a skilled writer and then learn how to create their own black-and- white photographs with a skilled photographer, to illustrate their writing. Students will have craft lessons in setting, character, and story arc, and will gain hands-on experience […]

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Comedy Improv

In this 2-day workshop, students will learn the basic rules of improvisation and some basic comedy techniques, and a variety of theatre games and comedy improv games such as those featured on the television show, Whose Line is it Anyway? The class will present some of their favorite games for family members at the end […]

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Books Rock! The Hate U Give

Introducing our NEW BOOK CLUB for Tweens and Teens (recommended ages 11-14). Join other avid readers and an experienced, engaging facilitator to discuss books in-depth. Plus, participants get to give input for future book selections! Join Leslie Youngblood, author of Love Like Sky, for a lively discussion of the hit book The Hate U Give. […]

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Poetry and the Natural World

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 […]

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Journals, Life, and Writing

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 […]

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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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Writing Flash Nonfiction

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 […]

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Writing Mysteries and Thrillers

The main focus of this course is devoted to helping participants develop greater skills while writing mystery or thriller novels. Through an interactive process we will explore and examine the major components of writing compelling fiction. This will include the importance of opening scenes, characterization, realistic dialogue, writing vivid descriptions, how to keep your readers […]

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As Iron to Iron: Advanced Fiction Workshop

You’ve been writing fiction, you’ve taken classes, and you’ve finished some stories or chapters. Now a workshop-centered class may be just the ticket to take your work to the next step. We’ll read each other’s work and critique closely in a spirit of encouragement, and you will come away a better fiction writer.

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Writing More With Less

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 […]

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Blogging 201

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 […]

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