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WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

 

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.

 
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.

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.

 
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.


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