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Valley Manor Book Discussion

Free & open to the public   Join our lively discussions every other month at Valley Manor with facilitators who teach at Writers & Books.   November 14 - The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure Facilitator: Kitty Jospe   Valley Manor is located at 1570 East Ave in Rochester.

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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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Book Discussion: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Book discussion of the best-selling novel Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline Free and open to the public This discussion is in advance and support of the author's appearance as Keynote Speaker at Children Awaiting Parents' Heart Gallery Luncheon, Tuesday, November 27. For information on or tickets to the luncheon, see ChildrenAwaitingParents.org or call (585) 232-5110.

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Storeis ROC – Grandma’s Kitchen

True, personal stories on a common theme, shared in front of a live audience.   November 15 - Graqndma's Kitchen: Stories of Cooking, Eating, Family Dinners, Heartburn, and Other Catastrophes 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 […]

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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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Last Monday Wide 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: $3

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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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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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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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The Book Thieves: Impressions of Africa by Raymond Roussel

Impressions of Africa by Raymond Roussel (& holiday party!) 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, or join us for […]

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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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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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Senior Reading Group

Free & open to the public   Hosted by Norm Davis   Share your writing with other seniors in a comfortable atmosphere at Writers & Books.

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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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Bertrand Russell Society

Free for members / $3 General public   The Bertrand Russell Society was formed shortly after Russell’s death in 1970. This ongoing lecture series promises to enlighten and entertain. Monthly meetings are open to everyone, not just to members of the society.

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Holiday Book Blowout

For this holiday season, Writers & Books is offering exclusive discounts for members! In our entire used bookstore, buy $1 paperbacks and $2 hardcovers. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 15, enjoy these major discounts, available for one day only! If you want to take advantage of this sale but aren't enrolled as […]

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Stories ROC – Thanks, but No Thanks

True, personal stories on a common theme, shared in front of a live audience.   December 20 - Thanks, but No Thanks: Stories about the Delights and Disasters of Giving and Recieving Gifts Admission - $10   Everyone has a story. What's yours? Send your three-sentence story idea to StoriesRoc@yahoo.com   Join the conversation on our […]

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

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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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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. Ignite or re-energize your poetry with four of the area’s leading poetry teaching artists. This course will include generative exercises […]

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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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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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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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