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, ranging from playful to practical, 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, February 21, 2017


Experiments In Collaboration

Taught by: Adam Drury, poet & musician
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: February 21 & February 23, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Wednesday Workshop

Facilitated by: JBWC Staff
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: February 22, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Experiments In Collaboration

Taught by: Adam Drury, poet & musician
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: February 28 & March 2, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


When Essays Misbehave

Taught by: Robin Jordan, Writing Center Coordinator
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: March 7, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Open Workshop

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

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Writing Center Workshop

Thursday, March 9, 2017

credit: Jeff Sirkin

Workshop Led by Rosa Alcalá

Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates:March 9, 2017
Time: 4:05 p.m.–5:00 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Experiments In Collaboration

Taught by: Adam Drury, poet & musician
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: March 14 & March 16, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Spotlight on Youth

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Spotlight on Youth

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

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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(Re-/Un-)Writing the Identity

Taught by: Jessica Lake Mason, scholar & writer
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: March 21 & 23, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Open Workshop

Facilitated by: JBWC Staff
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: March 22, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Poetry Reading

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Poetry Reading by Diana Goetsch

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

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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(Re-/Un-)Writing the Identity

Taught by: Jessica Lake Mason, scholar & writer
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: April 4 & 6, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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JBWC at Albright-Knox’s First Friday

Friday, April 7, 2017

JBWC at Albright-Knox’s First Friday

Where:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
1285 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
Dates: April 7, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Workshop Lead by Eileen Myles

Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates:April 27, 2017
Time: 3:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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(Re-/Un-)Writing the Identity

Taught by: Jessica Lake Mason, scholar & writer
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: May 2 & 4, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Spotlight on Youth

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spotlight on Youth

Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
Shea’s Smith Theatre
658 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Date: May 10, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Unwriting the Critique

Taught by: Alex Thayer, writer
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: May 30 & June 1, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (more…)

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Make Your Own Chapbook

Taught by: Joel Brenden, bookmaker & photographer
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Date: June 6 & 8, 2017
Additional Dates:  June 13 & 15, 2017
Time: 4:30 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

Upcoming Workshops

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