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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Just Buffalo Writing Workshops

Since 1982, Just Buffalo Literary Center has led the way for literary arts education in Western New York. The Just Buffalo Writing Center (JBWC) has long been a gathering place designed to aid young and emerging writers ages 12–18 in the cultivation of their writing skills, as well as adult writers of all ages and skill levels. But the JBWC is also a great resource for encouraging and supporting the teachers and schools in our community.

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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Adult Writing Workshops

Our programs are designed for any level of writer, from beginner to advanced. Taught by established writers, hone your craft in a relaxed, nonjudgmental atmosphere.

Youth Writing Workshops

All youth writing workshops are FREE, aimed at young writers aged 12–18, currently virtual, and limited to 8 participants.

About the Writing Center

The Just Buffalo Writing Center provides access to writing workshops, literary events, and one-on-one assistance with all kinds of writing.

In-School Programming & Field Trips

One of Just Buffalo’s greatest strengths is our ability to reach students of all ages and abilities—gifted and talented, at-risk, or special needs—and we’re proud to work with public, private, Catholic, and charter schools, as well as community centers throughout Western New York.

Teacher Workshops

We believe that teachers are the most passionate, dedicated, and creative people on the planet, and we want to support their creativity. That’s why we created Teachers Are Writers: Writing Without The Curriculum—a happy hour-style writing workshop for teachers that meets monthly at the JBWC.

Wordplay Mural - Just Buffalo Literary Center

Wordplay: Student Anthology

Check out the best works written by Just Buffalo Writing Center students from over the years in our annual anthology of student writing.

Made-To-Order Poems - Just Buffalo Literary Center

Made-to-Order Poems

Order a poem on a topic of your choosing and support Buffalo’s next generation of literary voices. All poems are written by students of the Just Buffalo Writing Center.

John Cale Youth Writing Workshop - Just Buffalo Writing Center

Our Teaching Artists

Just Buffalo’s teaching artists represent the best of Western New York’s literary presence, from poetry and fiction to playwriting, non-fiction and beyond.

Become a Teaching Artist

Are you interested in becoming a Just Buffalo teaching artist? Find out what it takes to get involved in our creative writing workshops.

Volunteer

Want to help guide young writers? Sign up to work with teens 12–18 on writing and more during open hours at the JBWC.

Donate

We believe in the power of the literary arts to change individual lives and communities. Help us put that vision into action.

Where?

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

When?

Tuesdays, Wednesdays*, & Thursdays | 3:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Youth Writing Workshops begin at 4:30 p.m.
*Wednesdays are open workshops.

Who?

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