Writing Center

All workshops are FREE, aimed at young writers aged 12-18, and limited to 12 participants


“Poets For Change” Participants will prepare for Just Buffalo’s 100,000 Poets & Artists for Change event held at Silo City on Saturday, September 27th. Students will read, write, and practice inspiring poetry.

Taught by Poet & Writing Center Coordinator: Robin Jordan Just Buffalo Writing Center | 4:00 – 5:00pm September 23rd & 25th click here to register

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“Vintage Postcard Book” This project combines vintage postcards with a tradition bookmaking style called Japanese Stab binding.  The postcards will become the binder’s boards (book covers).  Students will use the subject matter on the cover of the postcards as well as what is written on the back for inspiration for memory poems that they will write.

Taught by Book artist: Catherine Linder Spencer Just Buffalo Writing Center | 4:00 – 5:00pm September 30th & October 2nd click here to register

“Page to Stage: Performance Poetry” Performing in public is one of the most common fears. Learn to overcome that fear and dazzle the audience. Tips on enunciation, inflection, emoting and gesturing along with some self-esteem boosting feedback. Bring at least one finished piece of work that you love. 

Taught by Slam Poet: Janna Willoughby-Lohr  Just Buffalo Writing Center | 4:00 – 5:00pm October 14th & 16th click here to register


“3D Zentangle Sculpture” This project is inspired by Nancy Rubins’ canoe sculpture at the AKAG.  After decorating paper with designs and doodles, the papers are made into small tubes.  Students will create a free standing sculpture to mimic the feel of the tangled aluminum boats in Rubins’ sculpture.  Project will emphasize making something unique and beautiful out of everyday objects and well as offer a meditative, relaxing art project.

Taught by Book artist: Catherine Linder Spencer Just Buffalo Writing Center | 4:00 – 5:00pm October 21st & October 23rd click here to register

“Writing Dramatic Monologues” This is a workshop which will help you understand and develop a character’s specific voice and introduce you to this form. Whether writing for performance or in narration, this workshop will help you discover your character from inside out.

Taught by playwright: Susan Anner Just Buffalo Writing Center | 4:00 – 5:00pm November 4th & 6th click here to register

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“Hardship Writing” Writing has long-since been used as a vehicle for entertainment and communication of ideas, but it is also commonly used as a form of therapy. This workshop will focus on writing about hardships in a way that sheds a positive light on the situation; a way to rise above tragedy through the written and spoken word.

Taught by Slam Poet: Janna Willoughby-Lohr  Just Buffalo Writing Center | 4:00 – 5:00pm November 11th & 13th click here to register

“Poetic Trading Cards” Stop hoarding those poems! Design artists’ trading cards using compact poems, color, rubber stamps, and collage, and then give them away for the holidays, trade with other poets, leave them on the bus, or otherwise keep them circulating.

Taught by Poet: Sherry Robbins Just Buffalo Writing Center | 4:00 – 5:00pm December 9th & 11th click here to register
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“Digital Language Writing” December 16th & 18th (details soon)

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“Poetry in Motion” Earth, water, fire, air, space. Practice a few poses and a guided relaxation with a certified yoga teacher to explore your internal geography, then create a travel  journal or map of what you discovered there. Taught by Poet: Sherry Robbins Just Buffalo Writing Center | 4:00 – 5:00pm January 6th & 8th click here to register