Since 1982, Just Buffalo Literary Center has led the way for literary arts education in Western New York. The Just Buffalo Writing Center (JBWC) is a gathering place designed to aid young and emerging writers ages 12–18 in the cultivation of their writing skills. Each week the JBWC offers writing workshops exploring all forms of creativity, allowing students the opportunity to engage with a range of writers and artists from all spectrums of thought. The workshops give the students a chance to generate, investigate, and grow.
Your voice matters. At the JBWC, we get you. Come share your ideas. Tell your story on the page, on stage, or just one-on-one.
Come learn different ways of writing. From poetry and prose to comics, songwriting, and so much more. Come find the words you’ve been looking for.
Come be whoever you want to be in a safe and supportive space. Our doors—and minds—are open to you.
Come make friends! You’ll meet creative people just like you and all different types of writers—famous novelists, journalists, local poets, songwriters, and book artists.
Come to feel inspired. Come to laugh. Come for the snacks. Whatever your reason, just come!
Registration is NOT required for our youth writing workshops. From Tuesday to Thursday at 4:30 p.m., anyone can show up for the workshops.
Writing workshops take place on Tuesdays to Thursdays between 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Wednesdays are open workshop sessions where anyone can drop in and get one-on-one assistance with any kind of writing.
Of course! Anyone that needs one-on-one help will be accommodated as much as possible.
Check out the best works written by Just Buffalo Writing Center students from over the years in our annual anthology of student writing.
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.
Are you interested in becoming a Just Buffalo teaching artist? Find out what it takes to get involved in our creative writing workshops.
Want to help guide young writers? Sign up to work with teens 12–18 on writing and more during open hours at the JBWC.
Virtual via Zoom
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 3:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Youth Writing Workshops begin at 4:30 p.m.
All workshops are FREE, aimed at young writers aged 12–18, and limited to 12 participants.