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WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

 

Saturday  |  April 22  |  12:00-2:00pm

On Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea Saga

with Charlie Vázquez

 

Join us in our future home of Westchester Square New York Public Library for this special book discussion hosted by Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez. We’ll be giving away free copies of A Wizard of Earthsea in advance and discussing the themes of magic, adversity an adventure that appear throughout the story. Don’t miss this chance to meet fellow readers and writers and get involved in Bronx Council on the Arts and our amazing programs.  

Location:

NYPL Westchester Square Library

2521 Glebe Ave

Bronx, NY 10461

(not fully ADA accessible at this time)

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

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

 
Saturday  |  April 22  |  4:00-6:00pm

Creating Strange New Worlds: How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy

With Author Richie Narvaez

Whether or not your story takes place on Earth or another planet, dimension, or timeline, you need to build a reality for your characters—and your readers—to live in. Join us for look at science-fiction/fantasy world-building, with some writing exercises, in this two-hour workshop that will draw examples from A Wizard of Earthsea. Richie Narvaez is a member of the Mystery Writers of America – New York and the author of Roachkiller and Other Stories.

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  |  April 29  |  12:00-2:00pm

Writing Children’s Books

Children’s book author John Martin will present this special workshop for aspiring children’s books authors. He will address concepts such as inspiration, message, storyboarding, illustrations and publishing options for enterprising authors in this thriving and diversifying publishing genre. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn the process of bookmaking from idea to finished product, regardless of the style you work in. Copies of A Wizard of Earthsea will be available for the book discussion that will follow John Martin’s presentation.

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  |  April 29  |  4:00-6:00pm

Writing Books for Young Adults

With author Sofia Quintero

Sofia Quintero (aka Black Artemis) has published six novels, the last two for young adults. In this workshop, you will mine your own adolescence for ideas, tackle issues of language (e.g. slang), trends and representation and create an outline that you can develop into a completed manuscript that will attract the attention of agents and editors and change the life of readers. The Bronx Writers Center will give away free copies of A Wizard of Earthsea for the book discussion that will follow.

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 | May 13 | 12-2pm

The Arts, the Brain, and Learning

 with BRIO winner Richard Grunn

 This interactive workshop will explore the brain’s memory process and how the arts are excellent tools to use when teaching. Participants will learn about the stages of memory, experience what it is like to be a neuron, and take part in several lessons that support brain-based learning theories. Researchers believe that the more meaningful the association of encoded information, the more likely it will be remembered. The arts help create sense, meaning, and a very important emotional connection to what is being taught.  Richard Grunn is a professional actor and teacher who has over 20 years’ experience teaching theatre, arts, and literacy programs in the United States and Europe. He is a teaching artist with Sundog Theatre where he developed a very popular, theatre-based literacy program called “3-D Literacy.” He also offers a 3-D Literacy professional development program for teachers and several lectures and workshops that examine how the arts help with memory and encoding for the brain. He has designed and taught radio theatre programs for visually—and cognitively—impaired students at the Lighthouse Guild as well as to seniors through Bronx Council on the Arts’ SU-CASA program. He won a BRIO award in 2016 for experimental film.

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.

 

The PEN World Voices Festival 2017: Gender & Power

The Bronx Writers Center will host participating authors for 2017’s PEN World Voices at the Bronx Museum of the Arts on Saturday, May 6, 2017. (RSVP required.)

Location for all events: 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx NY 10451

Saturday  |  May 6

1:30-3:30pm

Bronx Writers Center Workshop

With Shani Mootoo

Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland and raised in Trinidad. She’s the award-winning author of Valmiki’s Daughter, He Drown She in the Sea (longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), and Cerus Blooms at Night. Her latest novel, Moving Forward Sideways like a Crab, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award. Mootoo divides her time between Grenada and Canada and will share her methods for creating engaging stories.

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

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

4:00-6:00pm

Bronx Writers Center Workshop

With Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker’s latest book is There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé (Tin House Books 2017). Her work has been published in The Paris Review, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, Buzzfeed, and elsewhere. Parker is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She lives in Brooklyn and will discuss her creative process as a multidisciplinary writer.

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

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

6:00pm

Nancy Morejón and Wild Noise

Nancy Morejón fearlessly takes on ethnicity, gender, history, politics, Afro-Cuban identity, and the collision of cultures in the “New World” with her poetry. This reading and meet-the-poet talk with one of the first Cuban women to celebrate blackness in poetry will be set against the backdrop of the Bronx Museum’s Wild Noise/Ruido Salvaje exhibition, a survey of Cuban artists both on the island and abroad grappling with issues of identity, community, and the urban experience.

 

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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