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Jeannine Hall Gailey: Flare, Corona

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Against a constellation of solar weather events and an evolving pandemic, Flare, Corona paints a self-portrait of the ways in which we prevail and persevere through health adversities while facing an uncertain future. Gailey juxtaposes eclipses and hurricanes with a body’s many medical challenges, including neurological symptoms, highlighting the miraculous while melding the personal with […]

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“Wandered far and wide”: The Long Poem – Session 4

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Individual Session Member Price: $65 1 Session, 2.5 hours Deadline to Register: May 28, 5 pm Enrollment limited to 10. Instructor: Dante Micheaux   Often sweeping in its considerations and ambitious in its scope, the long poem eludes single definition or contains all definitions applied to it. The long poem makes a strenuous demand on […]

$75.00

“Wandered far and wide”: The Long Poem – Session 3

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Individual Session Member Price: $65 1 Session, 2.5 hours Deadline to Register: May 14, 5 pm Enrollment limited to 10. Instructor: Dante Micheaux   Often sweeping in its considerations and ambitious in its scope, the long poem eludes single definition or contains all definitions applied to it. The long poem makes a strenuous demand on […]

$65.00

“Wandered far and wide”: The Long Poem – Session 2

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Individual Session Member Price: $65 Full Series General Public Price: $265 Full Series Member Price: $235 1 Session, 2.5 hours Deadline to Register: April 30, 5 pm Enrollment limited to 10. Instructor: Dante Micheaux   Often sweeping in its considerations and ambitious in its scope, the long poem eludes single definition or contains all definitions […]

$75.00

“Wandered far and wide”: The Long Poem – Session 1

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Individual Session Member Price: $65 Full Series General Public Price: $265 Full Series Member Price: $235 1 Session, 2.5 hours Deadline to Register: April 16, 5 pm Enrollment limited to 10. Instructor: Dante Micheaux   Often sweeping in its considerations and ambitious in its scope, the long poem eludes single definition or contains all definitions […]

$75.00

Experimental Storytelling: Writing Through Artifacts

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

1 Session Great great works of literature have been told via lists, powerpoints, tweetstorms, hotel reviews, recommendation letters, emails, youtube comments, .gifs... The first novels ever written were made-up diary entries. One of the best poems published last year was a flowchart. The number of forms your writing can take is endless. This generative workshop […]

$49.00

Beyond the Self

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Only dealing with ourselves in memoir is a diary or self-conscious journal, interesting only to friends or family. True memoir must go beyond what we have buried in our hearts and encounter history and others. We must form our narratives to structure our attention to the world beyond us and to reflect on what our […]

$49.00

Writing the Labyrinth

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

New date: Wednesday, June 12 1 Session 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 […]

$49.00

Genesee Reading Series: Tony Leuzzi and Lytton Smith

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Tony Leuzzi and Lytton Smith 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 […]

$6.00

First Friday Mira Jacob Book Signing

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Due to this special event, we will not be hosting Wide Open Mic this First Friday. Writers & Books will only be open from 6:30 - 7:30 for this First Friday. Please join us at Writers & Books for a special conversation and book signing with critically acclaimed author/illustrator Mira Jacob. Ms. Jacob’s recently released […]

Writing Poetry in the style of Frank O’Hara

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

1 Session Frank O'Hara ignored the poetic rules of his time and wrote with uninhibited play of the imagination, generous emotions, and ordinary events. He saw poetry as something living, not academic. His style opened up poetry for generations to come. Like us, he juggled the contradictory components of modern life. Come study his work, […]

$49.00

Blogging 201

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

1 Session 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. […]

$49.00

Love and Theft: My All-time Favorite Short Stories

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

2 Sessions Let's take an in-depth look at three classic short stories--stories that are widely praised, and anthologized. What elements makes them great? How does a piece of writing carry an emotional impact? Through close reading, analysis, and discussion we will learn how a story can be successful and what we can do to emulate […]

$97.00

Stories ROC: Corpus: Stories About the Body

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Corpus: Stories About the Body   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.storieroc.wordpress.com to view past shows.

$10.00

Last Monday Comedy Open Mic

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Hosted by Kevin MarkmanJoin us for the Last Mondays Comedy Open Mic in our performance space! Anyone interested gets 5-7 minutesof stage time. Come to perform or just watch. Comics are great but we need an audience too!

CosmoCon

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

CosmoCon is a celebration of Cosmographia authors May 15-18, 2019 at Writers & Books. Cosmographia is a publisher of soulful books based in Rochester, New York whose authors include poets, fiction writers, memoirists, and artists from as far away at Beirut, Lebanon. Join us for a talk, workshop, and meet the authors at the big […]

Wednesday Night University: Possible Lives, Past Lives

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Author Elizabeth Bodien chronicles her past-life regressions in her newest book, Journeys with Fortune: A Tale of Other Lives (Cosmographia, 2019). Trained as a cultural anthropologist, Bodien approaches these windows into possible other lives with curiosity, intelligence, doubt, and renewed openness. We will learn about possible past lives in 1700s Mexico, Ancient Greece, Atlantis, and […]

$10.00

Genesee Reading Series: Leah Zazulyer and Kyle Semmel

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Leah Zazulyer and Kyle Semmel 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 […]

$6.00

Beginning Poetry

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

4 Sessions Curious about poetry but not sure how to get started? In this class we'll develop your creative writing in a supportive environment. We'll workshop student poems, read contemporary poets, review traditional forms, and explore different styles.

$132.00

Social Media for Writers

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

1 Session 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 use social media to promote their works (such as blogs and books) and build a following, connect […]

$49.00

Mini 6: Improv for Writers

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Mini 6: Improv for Writers 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, share with fellow students, and get writing! These classes have been popular, so register early to get a spot!

$8.00

Help! My Manuscript Needs Work—Troubleshooting Your Novel

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

A great book hooks readers with engaging characters, compelling plot, strong scenes, gripping language, and a unified theme. Whew, so much to accomplish! For most writers, it takes more than one draft. Together we'll workshop the writing you've done; help you take a fresh look at your story; explore tools and techniques for reworking and […]

$210.00

How to Write Funny

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

4 Sessions Since the earliest hieroglyphics, people have been injecting humor into their writing. (Bird, bird, eyeball, guy facing left!) When used correctly, humor can help you win over your audience, get your point across, or diffuse a tense situation. When used incorrectly, it can have the opposite effect. This class will examine various types […]

$143.00

Fiction Meets Nonfiction; Verse Meets Prose

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Cross the genre border and explore new terrain! Developing intriguing characters and engaging plots can enhance nonfiction pieces, while researching facts can bring depth to fiction writing. Writing poetry can sensitize us to wordplay and imagery. We will read personal essay, flash fiction, and poetry; and strengthen craft through writing exercises. Try creating mixed genre […]

$116.00

Mini 5: Freelance Writing Tips

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Mini 5: Freelance Writing Tips Freelancing is like hitchhiking; you never know when a ride might come along. But do you have to take every ride that comes along? During our time together, I’ll help you figure out some strategies to finding the right clients and developing a freelance business. Come armed with questions.   […]

$10.00

Wednesday Night University: Mary Oliver

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Join published poet/ prose writer and workshop leader, Patricia Roth Schwartz, for a tribute to the late greatly beloved American poet, Mary Oliver (1934-2019). Schwartz will speak about Oliver's biography, her body of work, aspects of her unique style, and what makes her poetry and prose so compelling to so many: her deep spirituality through […]

$10.00

From Crib to College: Capturing Memories of Childhood & Parenting

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

1 Session Have you always wanted to write about your experience raising your child or children? This class will help you gain the confidence to start writing about your life as a parent. In this course you will read poems, essays, and non-fiction pieces by parent-writers and practice writing your own stories.

$49.00

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

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Mini 4: Overcome Writer's Block—Break through the resistance, overwhelm, and inner criticism that keep you from writing 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, share with fellow students, and get writing! These classes […]

$10.00

Children’s Books Part 2: Publishing

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

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

$73.00

Stories ROC: April

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

It's a Mystery: Stories of Visions, Visitations, and Voices.   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.storieroc.wordpress.com to view past shows.

$10.00

Wednesday Night University: The Sense of Place in the Crime Story

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Ever since the first acknowledged crime story, Murder in the Rue Morgue, was written by Edgar Allan Poe, no other genre, other than the travel narrative, has been more inextricably grounded in a sense of place. In this talk we will trace the history of the crime story from its geographic roots in England and […]

$10.00

Flipping Fiction: How to Locate and Renovate Common Errors in Your Writing

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Doris Lessing said, “There are no laws for the novel.” But agents, editors, and writing instructors have a host of commandments for strong writing. So are there hard and fast rules to creative writing? Yes and no. This course will investigate a short list of “guidelines” and how you can practically apply them to strengthen […]

$97.00

Craig Morgan Teicher Reading

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Craig Morgan Teicher received an MFA from Columbia University in 2005. He is the author of The Trembling Answers (BOA Editions, 2017), winner of the 2018 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, To Keep Love Blurry (BOA Editions, 2012), Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems (Center for Literary Publishing, 2008), and Cradle Book (BOA Editions, […]

$3.00

Wednesday Night University: Creature Features

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein clearly struck a deeply responsive chord in her own day that continues to resonate 200 years later in the popular imagination, due in large part to its film adaptations. This audio-visual presentation examines the body of movies that compose the Universal (1931-1948) and Hammer (1957-1974) cycles of Frankenstein movies that established the […]

$10.00

Genesee Reading Series: Anne Panning and Sarah Cedeno

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

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 […]

$6.00

Mini 2: Writing Exercises

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Mini 2: 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, share with fellow students, and get writing! These classes have been popular, so register early to get a spot!

$10.00

Writing Women

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

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 […]

$240.00

Trailer Trash: July Westhale Reading

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

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. […]

Genesee Reading Series: Jess Fenn and Ellen Comisar

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

Jess Fenn and Ellen Comisar 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 […]

2nd Annual International Women’s Day Reading

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

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 Line up: Lindsay Herko Kristen Gentry Kristen Gentry is from […]

Genesee Reading Series: Christian Wessels and Jennifer Maloney

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

    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). […]

Genesee Reading Series: David Ruekberg and Charlie Cote

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

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 […]

Genesee Reading Series: David Michael Nixon & Helen Ruggieri

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

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 […]

Courage Found Book Launch

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States +1 more

Jackie Fisher reads from Courage Found, a middle grade novel about how two girls from different centuries battle against intimidation and unjust accusation.Accused of witchcraft, a colonial girl records the struggle to clear her name in a diary; 240 years later, a girl harassed by Internet bullies, accepts the diary as a gift.

Genesee Reading Series: Martin Naparsteck & Sara Kersting

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

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 […]

Genesee Reading Series: Karla Merrifield & William Heyen

740 University Ave, Rochester, NY, United States

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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