Bronx Memoir Project

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.


Longwood Art Gallery

450 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10451


Admission is free, but RSVP is required.


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!


Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10458


Admission is free, but RSVP is required.


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.


Kingsbridge NYPL

291 W 231st Street

Bronx, NY 10463


Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Saturday | January 6 & 13 | 12-2pm

Constructing a

Three-Dimensional Memoir

With Orlando Ferrand


We’ll move beyond stereotypes pertaining to gender, politics, religion, sexuality and identity toward a cross-cultural approach to memoir as a visual and written narrative; a record of ancestry and catalyst for transformation. This approach deconstructs and reconstructs who we are by engaging in the creation of oral narratives, memoir essays, fictional memoirs, photography and collage. Participants are encouraged to bring cameras, family photos, songs and cutouts that speak to them. Orlando Ferrand is a multidisciplinary artist and BRIO winner.


Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10458


Admission is free, but RSVP is required.




Coming back in fall 2017!


Bronx Memoir Project collected memoir fragments written by Bronx residents of various ages and backgrounds. An anthology of over 50 memoir fragments resulted from the 25 free memoir-writing workshops we hosted throughout the Bronx in spring 2014. Workshop facilitators worked with seniors, teens and families to develop first-person narratives of homecoming, identity and more. Bronx Memoir Project: Volume 1 can be purchased on This program was supported by a grant from National Endowment for the Arts and will return in fall 2017…


Above: Contributors to Bronx Memoir Project - Volume 1 display their contributor copies at the book release launch at Longwood Art Gallery on December 3, 2014.



The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) and the Bronx Writers Center released the groundbreaking anthology Bronx Memoir Project – Volume 1, an unprecedented collection of over fifty Bronx memoir fragments, as penned by our very own residents, spanning various generations, continents, languages, cultures and themes. Dozens of aspiring Bronx writers have made big steps toward their dreams, contributing personal memories and experiences to this collection of short, autobiographical works. The authors participated in workshops facilitated by BCA's Bronx Writers Center, which were taught by creative writing professionals from throughout the Bronx. For them, the Bronx Memoir Project was a stepping stone providing exposure to people who normally don't get published, encouraging them to continue.

The Bronx Memoir Project – Volume 1 book release event took place at Longwood Art Gallery on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Books were available for purchase and sold out. A number of the book's contributors were on hand to read excerpts from their stories to enthusiastic attendees.

The Bronx Memoir Project was created by the Bronx Council on the Arts' Bronx Writers Center, to develop and refine memoir fragments written by people of all ages, races, genders, nationalities, and backgrounds residing in the Bronx. This was achieved by deploying memoir-writing facilitators and other accomplished literary artists — including BCA BRIO winners — to various cultural destinations throughout the Bronx in spring of 2014.

These workshop facilitators met with eager Bronxites at over 25 free writing sessions made available to persons of all writing skill levels. Local writers were provided with professional development guidance through the revision and submission stages and works submitted as final electronic drafts were published in traditional trade paperback format. Bronx Memoir Project – Volume 1, a collection of over fifty memoir submissions penned by Bronxites, is the first book of its kind ever published.

Paperback books can be purchased at

The Bronx Writers Center, a program of Bronx Council on the Arts, and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York Council for the Humanities; the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund; the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; the Bronx Delegation of the NYC Council - including Council Member James Vacca, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr., and Council Member Andrew Cohen and New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.






Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or


The Bronx Memoir Project was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable opportunities for the public to engage with the arts.”

Joan Shigekawa,

Senior Deputy Chairman

National Endowment for the Arts

“We are very lucky to have received this grant. The Bronx Council on the Arts and the Bronx Writers Center have served the people of the Bronx for fifty years and this project will give the participants of our various writing workshops and programs a chance to tell the world something about themselves, in their own words. Everyone loves a great story and the people of the Bronx have plenty to share.”

Charlie Vázquez, Director

BCA's Bronx Writers Center

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