Writing Center & Youth Writing Workshops

The Just Buffalo Writing Center (JBWC) is a gathering place designed to aid young and emerging writers in the cultivation of their writing skills. Dedicated to the empowerment of young voices, the JBWC provides access to writing workshops, literary events, and one-on-one assistance with all kinds of writing. Our center hopes to help young people attain the tools they need to flourish as writers and leaders in our community.

Upcoming Youth Writing Workshops

The Just Buffalo Writing Center offers free after-school and summer youth writing workshops, and all taught by our talented teaching artists. All workshops are free, aimed at young writers aged 12–18, and limited to 12 participants.

View the complete upcoming schedule below.

Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


“Junktext”

Taught by: Jake Reber, poet

Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: September 19 & September 21, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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100 Thousand Young Poets & Artists for Change

Friday, September 22, 2017


Where:
Buffalo’s Reading Park (outside Central Library)
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203
Date: September 22, 2017
Time: 5:00 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Brendan Bannon workshop

lead by: Brendan Bannon, photojournalist

Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: September 26, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Open Wednesday Workshop

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Wednesday Workshop

Facilitated by: JBWC Staff
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: September 27, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Thursday, September 28, 2017


Special Workshop led by Brenda Iijima

Taught by:Brenda Iijima
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: September 28, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Speaking Trees In The Dark: an eco-fiction workshop

Taught by: Alexis David, fiction writer & poet

Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: October 3 & October 5, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Open Wednesday Workshop

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Wednesday Workshop

Facilitated by: JBWC Staff
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: October 11, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


“Creating Comic Strips”

Taught by: Max Weiss, cartoonist & songwriter

Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: October 17 & 19, 2017
Additional Dates: November 14 & 16, December 12 & 14
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Open Wednesday Workshop

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Wednesday Workshop

Facilitated by: JBWC Staff
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: October 25, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Short Story Horror Workshop

Taught by: Ben Brindise, fiction writer & spoken word poet

Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: October 31 & November 2, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Open Wednesday Workshop

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Wednesday Workshop

Facilitated by: JBWC Staff
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: November 8, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


“Creating Comic Strips”

Taught by: Max Weiss, cartoonist & songwriter

Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: November 14 & 16, 2017
Additional Dates: December 12 & 14
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Spotlight On Youth – Open Mic Series

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Spotlight on Youth

Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
Shea’s Smith Theatre
658 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Date: November 15, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Weird “Books” (a.k.a. The Medium is the Message)

Taught by poets & publishers: Joe Hall & Ryan Sheldon

Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: November 28 & November 30, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Open Wednesday Workshop

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Wednesday Workshop

Facilitated by: JBWC Staff
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: November 29, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A 842. Emily Dickinson, “As there are Apartments….” Courtesy of the Amherst College Archives & Special Collections, Amherst College.

“Long Years apart – can / make no / Breach a / second cannot / fill”: Messaging with Emily Dickinson

Taught by: Marta Werner, professor of English at D’Youville College

Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY…

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


“Creating Comic Strips”

Taught by: Max Weiss, cartoonist & songwriter

Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: December 12 & 14, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Open Wednesday Workshop

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Wednesday Workshop

Facilitated by: JBWC Staff
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: December 13, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Free Workshops

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 3:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street
@ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203

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