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Sponsor Spotlight: Writers & Books

We are thrilled to once again have Writers & Books as a sponsor! Writers & Books is Rochester’s literary center that fosters and promotes reading and writing as lifelong activities. If you have ever been to Writers & Books, you know what an incredible place it is. They are the only local organization that focuses specifically on nurturing the literary arts in individuals and families through classes, workshops and programs that help readers and writers develop their skills at all levels. Writers & Books has something to offer for everyone, ages 5-105! They support and promote reading and writing in people of all ages and backgrounds, from the SummerWrite program for children, to memoir-writing and veterans groups for older members of the community. They engage our community through public readings and programs in schools and other settings, and they offer a large scholarship program so anyone have access their wide spectrum of programming.

Writers & Books is a place for people to gather and share thoughts and ideas about reading and writing, and Rochester is very lucky to have such a place! Not many communities have such an active and prominent literary center that hosts classes, community reading programs, and so much more.

When our Listen To Your Mother production team first gathered together for our inaugural show, we knew that Writers & Books had to be involved with the production in some way. With a mission so closely aligned to the project’s goal, we figured we were natural partners. A hard-working and very busy bunch of people, this small but mighty nonprofit took on the task of Megaphone Sponsorship for our show through their in-kind donation of space. They have been the perfect home for our auditions and our initial-read through for all four years of the show, and their beautiful books graced the photos of many of our cast head-shots! Accommodating, patient, and endlessly kind, Writers & Books has been such a wonderful part of our Listen To Your Mother experience.

Here is more about what they have to offer the Rochester community:

Writers & Books is proud to bring to Rochester this brand new literary conference. If you're a writer, or a reader who's always dreamed about writing a book, this could be a wonderful opportunity to spend a day getting a feel for what it's like to be a writer. The conference will be held on June 16th (Bloomsday for those of you who know James Joyce's Ulysses) at the Riverside Hotel. There will be a series of panels covering four tracks of the writing and publishing world: Write. Edit. Connect. Publish. These panels will discuss topics ranging from "how to write a great query letter to agents" to the "how important is character in fiction." Think of it as a day-long bootcamp! We are bringing in agents and editors, but we're also showcasing many of our area's top literary talent. For more information on The Ladder Literary Conference or to register while tickets remain, visit

For Creative readers and writers ages 5-18, 9 weeks of summer programming is available:

July 21

In this one-day intensive workshop, students will immerse themselves in the study of their chosen genre with some of the area’s top writers and teachers. This intensive includes four hours of workshops with peers, generative exercises, and one publishing panel to discuss topics ranging from “How do I find an agent?” to “Should I submit to literary contests?” Some partial, needs-based scholarships will be available. All meals will be provided. If you missed out last year, here’s your opportunity to apply. For more information or to submit your work, visit Gell Intensive at

June 29 - June 30

In this special overnight course at Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat, students will generate new work while enjoying the bucolic setting that our rural retreat center has to offer. Come on Friday, leave on Saturday. This is a generative class open to ALL levels, beginning or advanced, and perfect for any writer looking for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to mingle in the outdoors with their fellow writers (and instructors). Students may bring their own tent to sleep on the lawn, or they can sleep on one of the cots provided in the Gleason Lodge. All meals and drinks will be provided.

Instructors: Ralph Black, Sarah Freligh, & Anne Panning

For more information or to register, visit Gell Bootcamp at

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