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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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Where’s My Hogwarts Letter? Harry Potter for Adults

Remember reading a book in school you actually liked and looked forward to discussing it with your classmates? Well, are you an adult that enjoyed Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, or a dystopian book like The Handmaid's Tale or 1984? Join us for a fun, no pressure book discussion this winter. Bring a dish or drink […]

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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). […]

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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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Stories ROC!

True, personal stories on a common theme, shared in front of a live audience.   February 21: What I Do For Love: Stories of Passionate Work, Passionate Relationships, Parenthood, Grandparenthood - special, FREE ADMISSION!   March 21: "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Stories of the Joys, Challenges, and Weirdness of Living Near People   April […]

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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 C. Youngblood, author of Love Like Sky, for a lively discussion of the hit book The Hate U […]

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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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I Drink and I Know Things: Game of Thrones

Remember reading a book in school you actually liked and looked forward to discussing it with your classmates? Well, are you an adult that enjoyed Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, or a dystopian book like The Handmaid's Tale or 1984? Join us for a fun, no pressure book discussion this winter. Bring a dish or drink […]

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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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2nd Annual International Women’s Day Reading

Rochester has always been a hotbed of voices calling for equality and women's rights. It's only fitting that Rochester writers continue that legacy. Join us as local writers to pay tribute to their favorite women authors by reading from their work. Hosted by Sonja Livingston

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Genesee Reading Series: Jess Fenn and Ellen Comisar

Jess Fenn and Sejal Shah 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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We’re F*#!ed: Dystopian Fiction

Remember reading a book in school you actually liked and looked forward to discussing it with your classmates? Well, are you an adult that enjoyed Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, or a dystopian book like The Handmaid's Tale or 1984? Join us for a fun, no pressure book discussion this winter. Bring a dish or drink […]

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Books Rock! Graphic Novel: Smile

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 acclaimed YA author Alex Sanchez, who has a graphic novel forthcoming in 2020, for an engaging book discussion. Raina […]

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Stories ROC!

True, personal stories on a common theme, shared in front of a live audience.   March 21: "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Stories of the Joys, Challenges, and Weirdness of Living Near People   April 18: It's a Mystery: Stories of Visions, Visitations, and Voices. Admission – $10   Everyone has a story. What’s yours? […]

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Trailer Trash: July Westhale Reading

Trailer Trash, selected for the 2016 Kore Press First Book Award by Robin Coste Lewis, is Oakland poet July Westhale's first collection about the cotton-country of Riverside County, Southern California in the 1980s/90s. A book about poverty, ravaged landscape, and gender, Trailer Trash touches on a fuller, dustier California than Hollywood would have you believe.

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Disrupted Narratives: Telling a Story Slant

Poetry is a concise form, one enacts an experience of something. What about the narratives that are more difficult to tell? What about grief, or disruption, or alterations, or marginalized experiences? Enter the disrupted form! In this class, we’ll look at various craft techniques that do exactly that. We’ll discuss them each, make a study […]

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Dystopias on Film: Blade Runner Double Feature

The Little and Writers & Books travel to the future for a Blade Runner Double Feature. The original theatrical release of Blade Runner at 6 p.m. and Blade Runner 2049 at 8:30 p.m. $9 general admission per film/$7 each as a double feature/$5 each for Writers & Books members. Deals for Little members also apply. […]

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A Novel Evening with Omar El Akkad

Location provided with tickets; space for this intimate event is very limited.

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Master Class with Omar El Akkad

Here is your chance to learn from acclaimed author Omar El Akkad, through a series of writing exercises and discussions that will help propel your writing forward.

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Taste of Writers & Books, Ages 10-13

Sign up for all 5 days of April Break for ages 10-13 and save!

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Monday: Poetry Doodles

Do you like to doodle? Do you love to play with words? We’ll read poems, examine fun poetic devices like onomatopoeia and alliteration and make our own colorful drawings! We’ll also create concrete poems, where the words take a shape on the page!

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Taste of Writers & Books, Ages 7-9

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Monday: Comedy Improvisation

Students will learn the basics of improv, acting without a script, through a variety of theatre and comedy improv games such as those featured on, Whose Line is it Anyway? Then they will present some of their favorite games for friends and family at 2:00.

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Tuesday: Start Your Story

Are stories constantly running through your imagination? Get your ideas out of your head and onto paper! This camp will give you fresh ideas and creative tools for starting your own story or continuing work on one you have already begun.

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Tuesday: Black Panther & Afrofuturism

We’ll explore the creation of our own Wakandan-based kingdom or “queendom” with inspiration from the Black Panther movie, West African cultures, history, magic, myth, and futuristic technology. We'll create our own story to bring stability and peace to an imaginary dystopian world. Wakanda Forever!

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Wednesday: World Building

We'll explore how to build in-depth worlds in your creative writing. We'll investigate fantasy and classic tales of alternate worlds, then create the building blocks for a fictional world, which could include a map, “rules” for the world, characters, illustrations, and the beginnings of stories!

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Wednesday: Young Storytellers

The art of storytelling is important for confidence in any presentation. We’ll use theatre games to introduce skills needed to perform and engage an audience. We will practice a variety of techniques to deliver a story: voice, body language, and facial expressions.

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Thursday: Hogwarts Day One

Jump into the world of all things Harry Potter! You will make a wand, write for the Daily Prophet, and take your own Hogwarts classes such as Charms, History of Magic, and more!

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Thursday: Bookmaking Extravaganza

Students will make three unique books during this workshop: a Kaleidoscope book that opens like a fan or a DNA Helix, a Flag book that has a series of pages that interweave, and a pop-up book that has parts that move with the action of turning the pages. We’ll choose beautiful papers for the covers, […]

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Stories ROC!

True, personal stories on a common theme, shared in front of a live audience.   April 18: It's a Mystery: Stories of Visions, Visitations, and Voices. 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 past shows.

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Friday: Hogwarts Day Two

Another day immersed in the world of Harry Potter! You will have Hogwarts lessons such as Care of Magical Creatures and Defense Against the Dark Arts, and write for the Daily Prophet. It is not necessary to participate in Day One in order to participate in Day Two!

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Friday: Rebels, Leaders, & Innovators

This class will help us learn about the heroes among us, at all levels of society and in different times, and encourage us to stretch our“social good” muscles by reading age-appropriate biographies and doing engaging projects. We’ll embody our power to make a difference in our community!

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Regional Writers Showcase

Calling All Playwrights & Writers! Geva Theatre Center and Writers & Books are once again collaborating to give regional playwrights the opportunity to bring their works to local audiences. Both full-length and one-act plays written by regional playwrights (living now or having lived within the five county-area: Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, and Genesee), selected through […]

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Writing the Self and Nature through the Work of Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was a poet of extraordinary depth, mystical reach, and literary innovation. Her iconic observations of both the natural world and human nature take the reader into an exploration of what death means, what love is, and how one’s own back garden contains the universe. Because she has been so profoundly misunderstood by literary […]

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Regional Writers Showcase

Calling All Playwrights & Writers! Geva Theatre Center and Writers & Books are once again collaborating to give regional playwrights the opportunity to bring their works to local audiences. Both full-length and one-act plays written by regional playwrights (living now or having lived within the five county-area: Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Ontario, and Genesee), selected through […]

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The 2019 Ladder Literary Conference

Elevate Your Writing. The Ladder is a unique mix of panels focused on the four rungs of the publishing ladder: WRITE, EDIT, CONNECT, and PUBLISH. MEALS Morning coffee/tea, lunch, and an afternoon snack will be provided with your registration. Online registration for The Ladder is open until Friday, June 1st at noon. After that, registration […]

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