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.

At this time, all January workshops will be conducted virtually only through February. Stay tuned for more updates regarding our continued commitment to the safety of our attendees and staff. (Tuesday, February 8, 2022)

July 2022
JBWC Youth Led Workshop Diplomacy Dissected July 14 2022

Diplomacy, Dissected Youth-Led Workshop (Hybrid)

At this youth-led workshop inspired by Solmaz Sharif’s collection LOOK, we will use the internet to collect primary documentation on a historical topic of our choice, then put a visual spin on them. Examples include using black Sharpie to “erase” text from a government glossary, overlaying Islamophobic laws and Muslim immigrant narratives, or writing a new poem that sources text from state legislation - all forms of resistance. ...
Thursday, July 14, 2022
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
Buffalo Writes Reading Park

Buffalo Writes at the Reading Park

Join us for a drop-in writing time facilitated by established writers from Just Buffalo. During this writing session, you will be offered generative writing prompts and tips, with the opportunity to share your work. Come and write among fellow writers and creatives at Buffalo’s downtown Reading Park. ...
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Reading Park @ Central Library
1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203
August 2022
Summer Camp 2022 - Youth Writing Workshops - Just Buffalo Literary Center - Buffalo NY

Summer Camp 2022 Last Few Tickets

Calling all young poets, novelists, comic artists, songwriters, and word-weavers! Just Buffalo Writing Center is thrilled to invite you to join us for an imaginative weeklong creative writing summer camp. ...
Monday, August 8, 2022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
Buffalo Writes Reading Park

Buffalo Writes at the Reading Park

Join us for a drop-in writing time facilitated by established writers from Just Buffalo. During this writing session, you will be offered generative writing prompts and tips, with the opportunity to share your work. Come and write among fellow writers and creatives at Buffalo’s downtown Reading Park. ...
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Reading Park @ Central Library
1 Lafayette Square, 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 & Thursdays | 3:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Youth Writing Workshops begin at 4:30 p.m.

Who?

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