Writing Center & Youth Writing Workshops

Upcoming Youth Writing Workshops

All workshops are FREE, aimed at young writers aged 12–18, and limited to 12 participants.
JBWC Hours 3:30-6:00 pm || workshops begin at 4:30


Thursday, July 25, 2019

The JBWC will be closed for renovation between June – August 2019. Please see the summer happenings below or contact us at 832-5400 for details.

JBWC at Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Delaware Park (behind the Rose Garden)
199 Lincoln Pkwy
Buffalo, NY 14222
Dates: August 15, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. (*play begins at 7:30p.m.)

Grab a blanket and notebook and join us at Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Love Labours Lost! We will channel our inner Shakespeare before the event and write while enjoying the show.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

393 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
Dates: August 22, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00p.m.

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Elmwood Festival of the Arts

Saturday, August 24, 2019

photograph by Birch Kinsey

Elmwood Festival of the Arts
corner of Elmwood Avenue & Breckenridge
Buffalo, NY 14222
Dates: August 24 & 25, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00p.m.

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Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival
Silo City
85 Silo City Row
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: July 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00p.m.

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Writing Invasion

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Reading Park at the Buffalo Erie County Public Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: August 29, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00p.m.

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About the JBWC

Dedicated to the empowerment of young voices, the Just Buffalo Writing Center 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.



Wearable Poetry
Introduction to Erasure
The Poetics of Photography
Improvisation as a Tool for Writing & Performing a Ten-Minute Play
Fiction for the Visual Mind
On Dialogue in Fiction
Drawing Words & Writing Visual Texts
A Character’s Journey
Art Comix
Portraiture with photojournalist Brendan Bannon
Experimenting with Essay
Illustrated Dream Films
Writing as a Daily Practice
Dream-Poems & Poem as Dreams with Mathias Svalina
Writing the Animal Within
The Secret Sauce between History & Sci-fi
Poetry Video Workshop
Say Yr Impossible with Hoa Nguyen
“Artivism” Workshop
Flash Dance: A Flash Fiction Workshop
Caryl Churchill Workshop
String & Word
Adventure State: A Songwriting Workshop
Long Years apart – can / make no/ Breach a/ second cannot/fill”: Messaging with Emily Dickinson
The Medium is the Message (Weird Books)
Short Story Horror Workshop
Speaking Trees in the Dark: an eco-fiction workshop
Creating Comic Strips
Writing the Other: Creative Nonfiction
Lottery Art Project
Writing Like A Minimalist
Make Your Own Chapbook
Unwriting the Critique
Advanced Cartooning
(Re-/Un-) Writing the Identity
When Essays Misbehave
Experiments in Collaboration – Film Score
Harold Pinter Workshop
Things Presented to the Mind: Curating Collaboration Between Object & Poem
Approaching Your Rewrite
Writing & Performing Dramatic Monologues
Narrative & Sensory Poems
Borders & Boundaries
STEAM-Powered Comics
Multimedia Meets Literary
Falling Down, Rising Up
Science Fiction’s Infinite Futures
Poem as Dispatch
Virtual Reality Poetry
The Object Project
Atomic Metaphors, Botanical Rhythms
Cartoon Camp
Ekphrastic Writing with Buffalo Architecture
Led By A Word
Story Craft
Writing From Personal Experience
Make Your Own Chapbook
Writing Outside the Lines
Big Stories: An Intro to Novel Writing
Introduction to Spoken Word
What’s Your Name
Postcard Poetry
Poetry & Movement
Draw My Life: Autobiographical Cartooning
Manifesto Writing
Palimpsest: Writing Over & Between the Lines
Science Fiction’s Infinite Futures
Indian Peacock Book
Treasure Troave
Play Openings
Collaborative Writing
Sound Poetics
Playwriting Made Easy
Visual Poetry & Film
This Writing is Really Moving: Writing with the Whole Body
The Crossroads of Poetry & Song Lyrics
Finding Fiction: Place
Creative Nonfiction: Mapping Buffalo
Poetic Translation
What is a Chapbook?
Reading & Responding
Digital Language
Masters of the Grid: Graphic Novel Writing
Poetry in Motion
Poetic Trading Cards
Hardship Writing
Writing Dramatic Monologues
Ghost Poems
3D Zentangle Sculpture
A Picture’s Worth A …
Epics & Fairy Tales
Experiments in Autobiography
Making Creatures
Diamante Spiral Bookmaking
Page to Stage: Performance & Writing
Found Poetry: Repurposing Language
Writing to the World – Open Letters
The Are of Vine Videos
One Act Plays
The Fundamentals of Fiction