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Workshops

BWC Past events

 

Saturday  |  March 18  |  11:30am-1:30pm

 

Finding Inspiration: Poetry Reading and Workshop

With BRIO Winner Sarah Stern

Sarah Stern will kick off the Big Read with a poetry workshop, providing writing exercises to inspire and motivate, drawing from themes in her own work—the natural world, finding the mystical in the ordinary, loss, desire, and resistance as also related to themes in Ursula Le Guin’s majestic storytelling triumph, A Wizard of Earthsea. She will read from her work and provide prompts for participants to write their own poems. Sarah Stern is the author of But Today Is Different and Another Word for Love. She is a five-time winner of the Bronx Council on the Arts’ BRIO Poetry Award.

Learn more at www.sarahstern.me.

Location:

Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10458

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

 
Saturday  |  March 18  |  4:00-6:00pm

Will Eisner Theory of Sequential Art in Comics

With graphic artist Ray Felix

Graphic artist Ray Felix will host this special presentation and workshop on the late artist’s process and theory, drawing parallels between comic book themes and works of fantasy such as A Wizard of Earthsea. William Erwin “Will” Eisner was an American cartoonist, writer, and entrepreneur. He was one of the earliest cartoonists to work in the American comic book industry, and his series The Spirit, was noted for its experiments in content and form. 

Location:

Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos Community College

450 Grand Concourse, Rm C-190

Bronx, NY 10451

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

 
Saturday  |  March 18  |  6:00-8:00pm

Art and the River: A Special Keynote Presentation

With Gail Nathan

Bronx River Arts Center (BRAC) Executive Director Gail Nathan will give this keynote presentation on her work with BRAC, a culturally diverse, multi-arts, non-profit organization that provides a forum for community, artists, and youth to transform creativity into vision. BRAC’s various programs cultivate leadership in an urban environment and stewardship of the Bronx’s most important natural resource—the Bronx River. Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vazquez will conduct an interview and Q&A for this special presentation, drawing parallels to Ursula LeGuin’s use of environmental themes in A Wizard of Earthsea.

Location:

Bronx Library Center

310 E Kingsbridge Rd

Bronx, NY 10458

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

 
Saturday  |  March 25  |  8:00-9:30pm

An excerpt from blue, sable, and burning

Performance and Artist Talk Featuring Jasmine Hearn

(Music by slowdanger, Telavision, and Jasmine Hearn)

Jasmine Hearn’s new solo work uses memories of home, travel, and the waters that we visited, and that visited us, as sources for a collage of dance, song, and storytelling. Revisiting imagery from an ongoing collaboration with visual artist and activist Jennifer Myers, Jasmine intends for this to be a map to follow where "the sable venus" has been in past, present, and future. ("The sable venus" blue and burning is also an account of the journeys of the sable venus, a character inspired by Robin Coste Lewis’ poem “The Voyage of the Sable Venus”.) Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vazquez will conduct an artist talk with Jasmine after the performance, regarding the impact of works of fantasy on her work. 

 

Location:

BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance

2474 Westchester Ave

Bronx, NY 10461

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

 
Saturday  |  April 1  |  11:00am-1:00pm

Road Map to Your Book

With author Tim Brown

Writing a book has often been compared to a journey. Whether your book is a novel or a memoir, this workshop provides practical suggestions for properly planning your journey. You will learn how to create a synopsis of the story you want to tell and a matrix of the characters you encounter along the way. Used together, these tools will provide you with an effective road map to your book’s successful completion, as he’ll exemplify through the structure used in A Wizard of Earthsea.

 

Location:

Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10458

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

 
 
Friday  |  April 7  |  6:00-8:00pm

Wilderness and The Bronx - (A Poetry Workshop)

With BRIO-winning poet Alison Koffler-Wise 


We tend to think of the Bronx as an urban landscape, but with Pelham Bay Park, Bronx Park, the Bronx Botanical Gardens and many other open spaces, the Bronx is a place where the natural world flourishes, sometimes unnoticed.  In this poetry workshop, through a series of nested writing activities, we’ll explore the details of the natural world as we observe them, and write a poem in celebration of the wilderness that exists both outside and inside of us.

Location:

Bronx Library Center

310 E Kingsbridge Road

Bronx, NY 10458

 

Admission is free.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

 
Saturday  |  April 8  |  4:00-6:00pm

Women in Comics in the Boogie Down

With graphic novelist Regine Sawyer

Regine Sawyer—the creator of Women in Comics(WinC)—will conduct this unique all-ages workshop geared toward starting a graphic novel. Don’t miss this opportunity to bring your ideas to life, a rare opportunity to receive guidance from one of the industry’s trailblazing voices. The ‘WinC’ collective is an artistic and informative initiative that educates communities about the role and merit of women working in comics. The Bronx Writers Center will be giving out free copies of A Wizard of Earthsea and talking about the book after Regine Sawyer’s workshop.

 

Location:

Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos Community College

450 Grand Concourse, Rm C-190

Bronx, NY 10451

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

 
 
Saturday  |  September 24th  |  2:00-4:00pm

 

BRIO Winner Maryrose Wood: Storytelling Workshops

Writers, Get Ready for Your Close-up! How to “Zoom in” for More Powerful Fiction

One writing craft issue that sets professional writers apart from beginners isthe confident use of “psychic distance.” Think of it as the camera angles of fiction. In this workshop you’ll learn how to vary your writing between “wide shots,” “medium shots” and “close-ups,” bringing your readers right into the action. Come ready to listen, write, and share.

 

Location: Kingsbridge NYPL

291 West 231st Street

Bronx, NY 10463

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

 
Saturday  |  September 17th  |  2:00-4:00pm

 

BRIO Winner Maryrose Wood: Storytelling Workshops

The Hero's Journey: A Model for Great Storytelling

 

From the poets of ancient Greece to The Hobbit and Harry Potter, great storytellers have used the structure of the hero’s journey to create compelling narratives. This introduction to the classic model of story structure and the archetypal characters that populate it will offer powerful tools to craft stories that will engage audiences. This workshop is designed for writers for the page, stage and screen. Come ready to listen, write, and share.

 

Location: Kingsbridge NYPL

291 West 231st Street

Bronx, NY 10463

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

TWO-PART Workshop

Friday |  September 2nd |  3:00-5:00pm

and

Friday |  September 9th |  3:00-5:00pm

 

An Offering: From an Idea to the Page to the Body

A two-part workshop with BRIO-winner Rock Wilk

 

There’s a huge difference between reading from the page and memorizing your work. Both performance approaches are amazing, but these workshops will focus on leaving the paper (or smart phone) behind. You’ll share your work with an audience, looking them in the eye and hearts. No microphones, either. Just you!

A two-part writing and performance workshop: from an idea to the page to the body—an offering to the world. Come create an original and meaningful story in whatever form you’re most comfortable with, whether short story, poetry, monologue. We’ll take that story, work to memorize it, and share it with one another at Poe Park Visitor Center in Fordham. 

Workshop 1 -

Friday, September 2, 2016 | 3:00p.m.—5:00p.m.

Write. Get your story on the page. Storytelling will be limited to using only dialogue. No “telling” the story, we’ll be “showing” it. You will immerse us in the action as it’s happening. 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Workshop 2 -

Friday, September 9, 2016 | 3:00p.m.—5:00p.m.

Perform. This workshop will focus on your offering. Off the page: just you and your body and your audience. You will perform your story. Hope you can join us!

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

 

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10458

 

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

Saturday  |  September 3rd  |  2:00-4:00pm

 

Bronx Latinx Poets at @BronxZoo!

With BRIO-winning poets José Olivárez and Peggy Robles-Alvarado

BRIO winners for poetry José Olivárez and Peggy Robles-Alvarado will launch the Poetry Town Hall Tour fall series @BronxZoo. They’ll read from their award-winning work, addressing immigrant and second-generation perspectives through Puerto Rican, Mexican- and Dominican-American points of view. Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez will moderate a discussion on the Bronx’s diversifying Latino community, from its mid-20th Century Puerto Rican roots, to its current Dominican and Mexican development. This program will culminate with a Q&A where participants will be able to contribute to the discussion. RSVP through Bronx Zoo URL provided to bypass admission fee (parking not included).

Location: Bronx Zoo

Flaherty Classroom

Southern Boulevard Gate, Bronx NY

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

Wednesday  |  August 17th  |  6:30-8:30pm

 

Men's Narratives: Arts Activism, Creativity and Social Responsibility Part III: Author Charlie Vázquez

 

Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. Scholar Lecture Series presents a conversation and reading with award-winning author Charlie Vázquez. This is the third of a three-part series moderated by Lorraine Currelley, Executive Director at Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. This program will be held at The Bronx Library Center, the largest public library in the Bronx, which features extensive collections of print and non-print materials for adults, young adults, and children, among other resources. 

 

Location: Bronx Library Center

310 E Kingsbridge Rd

Bronx, NY 10458

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

Monday  |  August 1  |  6:30-8:30pm

 

The Journey of a Novel: Craft Talk and Workshop

With BRIO-winning author Amy Gottlieb

 

In this discussion about the process of writing her debut novel, Amy Gottlieb will focus on specific craft issues such as point of view, character motivation, narrative structure, and how she approaches revision. The workshop will conclude with a generative writing prompt.  

Amy Gottlieb is the author of The Beautiful Possible (Harper Perennial, 2016), which is a Target Emerging Authors selection. Her fiction and poetry have been published in many journals and anthologies, and she teaches college writing in the Bronx and creative writing workshops in various settings. She has received two BRIO Awards in Poetry and a Bronx Council on the Arts Fellowship & Residency.  

 

Location: Bronx Library Center

310 E Kingsbridge Rd., Bronx, NY 10458

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

 
Saturday  |  June 18  |  2:00-4:00pm

Poetry Town Hall Tour at Poe!
with Poet
Urayoán Noel and Angel Hernández

BRIO-winning poet and educator Urayoán Noel was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and will present a reading of his Bronx-inspired bilingual poetry at the Poe Park Visitor Center, followed by a discussion with program advisor Angel Hernández of the Bronx Historical Society.

They will discuss Poe’s impoverished life in the Bronx and the social forces that inspire poetic expression in marginalized communities.

Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez will moderate the town hall discussion on the role of the artist on the margins and the parallels between Poe’s difficult years in the Bronx and the struggles of the Puerto Rican community.

This event is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

 

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-365-5516

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or Charlie@bronxarts.org.

 

recommended reading:


Daughters of the Stone
Dahlma Llanos Figueroa


Daughters of the Stone
follows the lives of five generations of Afro-Puerto Rican women focusing on the legacy passed from one generation to the next. How does each generation deal with that legacy given changing environments, culture? How does the environment change the legacy? What happens to communication when language and culture are truncated? What legacy does a woman who owns nothing, not even her own body, leave for her daughter? What happens to a storyteller when she can no longer tell her stories? Can one build for the future without coming to terms with the past?



Dahlma Llanos Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in the Bronx. She was a teacher and librarian in the New York City School system until her retirement. Her life experiences in Puerto Rico and the Bronx, as well as her African heritage, form the core of her work. Dahlma lives still in the Bronx with her husband Jonathan Lessuck. Dahlma Llanos Figueroa is the recipient of the the Bronx Council on the Arts' BRIO award and the Literary Arts Fellowship & Residency.

 

 

Long For This World
Sonya Chung

Sonya Chung’s first novel tells the story of a family divided between contemporary America and a small Korean town. Long for This World is about loss and renewal and what it means to go home.

 



 

Sonya Chung is a recipient of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and the Bronx Council on the Arts Literary Arts Fellowship & Residency.

 

 

 

 

Both books can be purchased at Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza, located at 290 Baychester Avenue in the Co-op City section of the Bronx. To find out about literary activities that are held at the store, please call 718-862-3945 or visit http://www.barnesandnoble.com (click on "Stores and Events").

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