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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.

 
Saturday  | September 16  |  12:00-3:00pm

Diversity in Science Fiction and Fantasy: Presenting Latin@ Rising

 

J Latino/a writers discuss how to write mystery, science fiction, and horror and get it published, while celebrating this new collection of science fiction and fantasy stories. Scheduled to appear are writers Matthew David Goodwin (editor), Marcos Santiago Gonsalez, Carlos Hernandez, Carl Marcum, Richie Narvaez, Sabrina Vourvoulias and Pedro Zagitt. These authors will read anthology excerpts and will provide advice and feedback on the publishing process as a whole for new and emerging writers—a great networking opportunity! 

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  | September 23  |  12:00-2:00pm

1-Day Prose Course

With Author Jennifer Baker

 

This 2-hour workshop will focus on short form writing. Participants will discuss readings, compose work based on prompts, and enter into discussion about craft and motivation. Author Jennifer Baker will provide packets of sample readings in fiction and nonfiction for participants to approach new or in-progress work with a more critical lens. She is the recipient of a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship and a 2017 Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant (as well as the QCA Jr. Board Artistic Excellence Award) in Nonfiction Literature for her WIP essay collection. She was a contributing writer to Forbes.com and writes for Bustle.com, as well as being the social media director and a writing instructor for Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop.

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  | September 30 & October 7  |  1:00-3:00pm

Art of the Short Story 1 & 2

 

Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez has published several short stories in various styles, from erotica to suspense. He'll share the secrets he's learned since he began writing over twenty years ago, as relate to pacing, style, voice and form. The first workshop will cover character and story arcs that transform as the story progresses, overall architecture and critical plot points. Participants will begin a first draft they'll revise to read during the second workshop if they wish to, where feedback will be provided. Writers of all skill levels are encouraged to attend.

Location:

Kingsbridge NYPL

291 W 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  | October 14  |  12:00-2:00pm

Getting Dialogue Right in Fiction

With A.J. Sidrasnky

 

Dialogue in prose writing requires a different approach than spoken language does. Forgiving Maximo Rothman was A.J. Sidranksy’s debut novel. The National Jewish Book Awards selected it as a finalist in Outstanding Debut Fiction in 2013. His second book, Stealing a Summer’s Afternoon, a satirical comedy, was released in June 2014. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards selected it as a finalist for Best Second Novel for 2015. Forgiving Mariela Comacho, a thriller and continuation of Forgiving Maximo Rothman was published in 2015. Born in the Bronx, he’s a lifelong Yankees fan and expert dialogue writer in various styles and voices.

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  | October 28  |  12:00-2:00pm

Poetry Town Hall

With Sydney Valerio

 

Sydney Valerio will read poetry from her one-woman show Matters, from the Mujeres, the Magic, the Movement and the Muse anthology and from her MFA coursework. Each project contributes to her development as a poet concerned with documenting environmental, cultural and social factors that shape her perspective. Her one-woman show zooms into her identity as a Bronx child, the by-product of the Dominican countryside. Work from the anthology explores the sources of strength found in the spiritual and natural worlds; her MFA coursework creates the foundation for what she’s working on next. This program concludes with a Q&A facilitated by Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez.

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 | November 10 & 17 | 6-8pm

Story Mining

With Vanessa Martir

Are there stories that you circle back to again and again? Do you wonder what could come of tapping into your reserves, mining for the deeper stories and your deepest feelings? Vanessa Mártir, a renowned workshop leader and storyteller, has delved into the darkest places of her life to find the brightest lights; she will help you do the same. This generative class will take place at Longwood Art Gallery as part of Boleros, an exhibit highlighting the works of 10 Latin American artists working in photography, mixed media, painting, poetry and sculpture.

Location:

Longwood Art Gallery

450 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10451

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

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

 
Saturday | November 11 | 12-2pm

Speed Writing Like Your
Life is on the Line

 With Michael Seidlinger

Feeling creatively stifled? Clear out the cobwebs with this two-hour intensive on speed writing. Go in with an open mind and be ready for a mixture of 10-minute, 15-minute, and 20-minute creative writing drills, forcing you out of your comfort zone and into the euphoria of a good brainstorm. The goal is to push away the feeling of second-guessing every sentence and letting the impulse within guide you. There will be limited time for reading and critiques due to time considerations, but arrive prepared to do a whole lot of writing!

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 | November 18 | 12-2pm

Poetry Town Hall

 With Matthew Thorburn

Matthew Thorburn’s Dear Almost is a book-length poem addressed to an unborn child lost in miscarriage. It details a would-be father’s wanderings through the figurative landscapes of memory and imagination as well as the literal landscapes of the Bronx, Shanghai, suburban New Jersey, and the Japanese island of Miyajima. As the speaker navigates his days, he attempts to show his unborn daughter “what life is like / here where you ought to be.” A three-time BRIO winner, Thorburn is the author of five previous collections of poems, including This Time Tomorrow and the chapbook A Green River in Spring. This program concludes with a Q&A facilitated by Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez.

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 | December 9 & 16 | 11:30-1:30pm

Death, Rebirth and

Writing the Memoir

With Alicia Anabel Santos

Writing her memoir almost killed her but she wrote it anyway—in a month. Alicia Anabel Santos will take you through the memoir writing process with gentle and not-so-gentle prompts and exercises that will help you dig for the stories that must be told. You’ll leave these workshops feeling like you can envision, outline and write your memoir with valuable tools to finish it. Alicia Anabel Santos is a writer and filmmaker as well as the creator of the New York City Latina Writers Group. She’s traveled throughout the world to study her craft.

Location:

Kingsbridge NYPL

291 W 231st Street

Bronx, NY 10463

 

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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