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

Just Buffalo Writing Center Fall 2022

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

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.

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)

December 2022
Fake Records, Real Feelings with Ariel Aberg-Riger
  • On Schedule

Fake Records, Real Feelings with Ariel Aberg-Riger

Can poetry be an object? Can art be a sound? Can you write a story through a song list? In this workshop, we’re going to back our way into building a narrative by creating fake records. We’ll get inspired by real albums and cover art, and then cut, glue, collage, paint, and write our own fictional albums. You’ll invent a band, name their album and all the songs inside (from hit single to b-side tracks), design a cardboard record and album cover sleeve, and see what true feelings emerge… ...
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
Poetry & Performance with Youth Ambassador Liam
  • On Schedule

Poetry and Performance with JBWC Youth Ambassador, Liam

An introduction to the relationships between poetry and performance. We will discuss what separates performance poetry from standard poetics, how to approach writing for performance and specific performance techniques. ...
Thursday, December 8, 2022
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
Open Share on December 13, 2022 at the Just Buffalo Writing Center
  • On Schedule

Open Share

Open Share is a time for you to share any of your creations/thoughts with peers. Poems, stories, comics, video games, drawings: we want to hear all about what you are making, whether you share your piece or just tell us your plans. Are you currently inspired by something (music, art, books, film, recent experiences)? You’re also invited to share your inspirations with us! ...
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
Creative Writing Tactics with Dwight Coleman
  • On Schedule

Creative Writing Tactics and How to Beat Writer’s Block with JBWC alum Dwight Coleman (hybrid)

In this workshop students will explore different tactics when combating writer's block. Students will find comfort in the blocked experience and learn to revisit a project when the correct time is presented. Students will also explore the writing process away from the pen and explore the world outside of the pen. ...
Thursday, December 15, 2022
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
Automatic Writing with Gabriel Bump
  • On Schedule

Automatic Writing with Gabriel Bump (hybrid)

In this one-hour workshop, we'll fall into our thoughts. Students will try to write without pausing, without second-guessing themselves. We'll get lost in our writing, find a trance-like state, stumble, maybe, onto something revelatory. For inspiration, we'll read excerpts from Ducks, Newburyport. ...
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
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Where?

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.

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.