Our Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

As a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and care for our community, Just Buffalo Literary Center has postponed a number of events, and we will follow the guidance of Buffalo Public Schools in terms of Just Buffalo Writing Center programming.

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BABEL - 2021-2022 Season Announcement - Just Buffalo Literary Center

BABEL 2021–2022

Four of the world’s greatest writers, on stage at Kleinhans Music Hall. Just Buffalo Literary Center is excited to announce the return of a full four-event BABEL season in 2021-2022, once again creating a global literary conversation right here in Buffalo.

Just Buffalo Writing Center Fall 2021

Writing Workshops

Join us for an array of writing workshops for both teens and adults at the Just Buffalo Writing Center.

Upcoming Writing Workshops

October 2021
Spooky Season

Spooky Season Open Mic (In-Person)

Join the JBWC for a Spooky Season Open Mic at Buffalo’s Reading Park at the downtown Central Library! Celebrate the Halloween season with your spookiest works! This youth writing workshop is FREE, aimed at young students aged 12–18, and limited to 10 participants. ...
Thursday, October 21, 2021
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Reading Park @ Central Library
1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203
Tarot Writing with Sherry Robbins

Tarot Writing with Sherry Robbins (Hybrid)

We will cover a brief history and cosmology of tarot, and then use the images and symbols of various decks to prompt your own creative responses. This adult writing workshop is limited to 12 in-person participants with the option to join virtually. ...
Saturday, October 23, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203

Exploring Visual Stories with Ariel Aberg-Riger (Hybrid)

Read and get inspired by the work of great visual storytellers, then create your own fully visual collaborative story. This youth writing workshop is FREE, aimed at young students aged 12–18, and limited to 10 in-person participants with the option to join virtually. ...
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203

JBWC Halloween Party (In-Person)

Led by our terrifyingly creative team of Youth Ambassadors, JBWC Halloween will dare you to channel your inner Shirley Jackson, Jordan Peele, or perhaps good ole' Edgar Allen. Throw on a costume, grab a pen, and get ready for a raucous adventure to the land of horror (of your own making). ...
Thursday, October 28, 2021
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
November 2021
Office Hours

Office Hours (Hybrid)

Office Hours is a space (and time) where young people can receive one-on-one feedback on any of their writing. This youth writing workshop is FREE, aimed at young students aged 12–18, and limited to 10 in-person participants with the option to join virtually. ...
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203

How To Tell Your Story with Nishant Batsha (Hybrid)

Want to tell your story, but don’t know how? Learn some of the best practices for getting your story from idea to page, then workshop your stories in a supportive learning environment. This adult writing workshop is limited to 12 in-person participants with the option to join virtually. ...
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
Open Share

Open Share (Hybrid)

Open Share is a time for you to share any of your creations, thoughts, and inspirations with peers. This youth writing workshop is FREE, aimed at young students aged 12–18, and limited to 10 in-person participants with the option to join virtually. ...
Thursday, November 4, 2021
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203

Robotic Poems?!? with Lillian-Yvonne Bertram (Hybrid)

Can computers right poems? And if so, are they any good? Experiment and tinker around with the emerging field of digital and computational poetics and pick up some useful basic coding skills along the way. This youth writing workshop is FREE, aimed at young students aged 12–18, and limited to 10 in-person participants with the option to join virtually. ...
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203

A Movable Education: Chang-rae Lee and the Hero’s Journey (Hybrid)

What would you do if you had the opportunity to leave your life behind? Can one person transform your ordinary cares into limitless possibilities? Have you ever wanted to become the hero of your own story? Do journeys make heroes from ordinary people? The hero’s journey is a quintessential literary archetype. Novelist Chang-rae Lee contemporizes the hero’s journey with exciting and eccentric characters, bold descriptive language, and circumstances befitting our modern social climate. This writing workshop, for youth and led by youth, held the week before the Chang-Rae Lee BABEL event, will explore in-depth the writing style of the author and his featured work, My Year Abroad. ...
Thursday, November 11, 2021
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203

Teachers Are Writers with Katie Naughton (Hybrid)

This teacher workshop series is aimed at school teachers and educators so they will have the opportunity to explore their own creative work, engage in ongoing conversations about process, and grow as writers. This workshop is FREE and limited to 10 in-person participants with the option to join virtually. CTLE credit is available through the Buffalo State English Education program. ...
Thursday, November 11, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
Office Hours

Office Hours (Hybrid)

Office Hours is a space (and time) where young people can receive one-on-one feedback on any of their writing. This youth writing workshop is FREE, aimed at young students aged 12–18, and limited to 10 in-person participants with the option to join virtually. ...
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
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  • We can't wait to welcome you to BABEL this Thursday, Oct. 14, for Aminatta Forna. Below, you'll find FAQs for event attendance.

  • Work with us! Just Buffalo Literary Center is currently accepting applications for contracted Program Assistants to help with readings, events, and creative writing workshops for youth, teachers, and adults. Read the full job description & responsibilities here. Applications are due Sept. 16, 2021, with notifications in early October. Questions? Email info@justbuffalo.org with “Program Assistant” in the subject line.

  • Hope Blooms From Shattered Roots is a digital collection of writings presented by Just Buffalo Writing Center in connection to The Civil Writes Project (2021), featuring work by young writers and artists living in WNY. Just as the journey towards justice must be a collective effort, this collection features collaborations between young artists and activists from a variety of organizations and projects around the city, and beyond. Editors: Richie Wills & Robin Jordan Book Designer: Mathieu Liu

  • We are so excited to announce the 2021 Just Buffalo Writing Center Youth Fellows: Millie Rodriguez-Spencer and Sophie Zhu! “These are two prolific writers with strong voices attuned to an informed listening and responsibility to community,” said final judge Christina Vega-Westhoff.

  • We are thrilled to announce the winner of the 2021 Poetry Fellowship: Porsha Olayiwola of Boston, MA. Olayiwola will visit Buffalo this August for a writing residency and perform at the Aug. 28 Silo City Reading Series event.

  • After a year of sheltering in place, LIT CITY is on the move. Just Buffalo Literary Center invites Western New Yorkers of all ages to tell us: What Moves You? Write a poem or piece of short prose that speaks to the power of words to move you. Just Buffalo Literary Center is partnering with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) to share our love of words with the wider community. Select pieces will be featured on sidewalks, bus shelters, subways, and maybe even a bus or two! Let’s cover this LIT CITY in words—your words. The call for submissions has now closed. Thank you to all who submitted!