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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Youth Writing Workshops & Events

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Unless noted in the description, all JBWC youth workshops are currently hybrid (held in-person & virtually via Zoom), aimed at young writers aged 12–18, and limited to 10 participants.

*ACCESSIBILITY NOTE: Writers are welcome to participate with OR without video and audio during any of our virtual sessions. If you have any questions/issues accessing any of these opportunities, please let us know and we will work with you to make sure you can participate.

Virtual Writing Feedback: No ZOOM Required

JBWC staff and volunteers would love to read what you’ve been writing.

We can provide feedback, help you brainstorm/troubleshoot, or connect you with writing resources and publishing opportunities. Generally, we offer this through email and Google docs, but we are happy to adjust to fit your needs. To get started, email the Writing Center at jbwc@justbuffalo.org.

THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO EVENTS OF THIS KIND SCHEDULED. Please check back soon, and sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop!

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

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
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
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

Refrigerator Notes & Troll Threads: Flash Fiction & Poetry in Everyday Forms with Joe Hall (Hybrid)

Post-its, texts to friends and family, comment threads . . . we’ll think about all the different forms of writing we do every day and practice using these familiar forms of writing as vehicles for poetry and fiction that takes them to strange, delightful, and soulful places. 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.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
December 2021
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, December 2, 2021
3:30 pm - 6:00 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, December 7, 2021
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203

Translation as Wildness with Laura Marris (Hybrid)

Use the craft of translation to get at those mysterious aspects of writing, whether you speak one language or five. 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, December 14, 2021
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
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Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203

When?

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Who?

All workshops are FREE, aimed at young writers aged 12–18, and limited to 10 participants.