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WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

 

 
Saturday | January 20th | 12:00-2:00pm

BRONX FICTION WRITERS GROUP

Say What? How to Use Dialogue in Your Fiction

With Author Richie Narvaez

Dialogue in a story is about more than two people talking to each other. In your writing, you can use dialogue to show character, advance the plot, and create suspense. Richie Narvaez, author of Hipster Death Rattle, will lead this workshop, which will feature exercises to help you hone your dialogue-writing skills. This workshop will be of value to writers of fiction, memoir and stage/screenwriting. We hope you can join us!

 

Location:

Bronx Library Center

310 E Kingsbridge Rd

Bronx, NY 10458

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

 
Saturday | January 27th | 12:00-2:00pm

Bronx Memoir Project

With Author Alan Sidransky

Alan Sidransky is a dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker. Forgiving Maximo Rothman was his debut novel. The National Jewish Book Awards selected it as a finalist in Outstanding Debut Fiction for 2013. His second book, Stealing a Summer’s Afternoon, a satirical comedy, was released in 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. His short story, “La Libreta” was honored by the Institute for Caribbean Studies as part of their celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month in 2014 and was published by Small Axe Salon, a Literary Magazine. His short story, Mother Knows Best appeared in an invitation only anthology entitled Noir Nation 5. He will be hosting two memoir writing workshops at the City Island New York Public Library.

 

Location:

City Island NYPL

320 City Island Avenue

Bronx, NY 10464

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

 
Saturday | February 3rd| 12:00-2:00pm

Bronx Memoir Project

With Author Alan Sidransky

Alan Sidransky is a dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker. Forgiving Maximo Rothman was his debut novel. The National Jewish Book Awards selected it as a finalist in Outstanding Debut Fiction for 2013. His second book, Stealing a Summer’s Afternoon, a satirical comedy, was released in 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. His short story, “La Libreta” was honored by the Institute for Caribbean Studies as part of their celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month in 2014 and was published by Small Axe Salon, a Literary Magazine. His short story, Mother Knows Best appeared in an invitation only anthology entitled Noir Nation 5. He will be hosting two memoir writing workshops at the City Island New York Public Library.

 

Location:

City Island NYPL

320 City Island Avenue

Bronx, NY 10464

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

 
Saturday | February 17th | 12:00-2:00pm

Poetry Town Hall

With Ama Codjoe

Ama Codjoe is an educator, writer, and dance artist with roots in Memphis and Accra. She received her B.A. in English from Brown University and was a Presidential Fellow at Ohio State University where she received her M.F.A. in Dance Performance. She was a Cave Canem fellow as well. Her work has been published in the Tidal Basin Review and in Cave Canem Anthology XII: Poems 2008-2009 (Willow Books). She was a feature poet at The Southern Writers Reading Series and Cave Canem Fellow readings at Association for Writing and Writing Programs (AWP) in Washington, D.C., Adelphi University, McNally Books, and “Weaving In and Out” in Manhattan. Ama currently resides in the Bronx.

 

Location:

Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10458

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

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

BRONX FICTION WRITERS GROUP

Setting as a Character

With Author John Roche

There is an often-overlooked opportunity to develop setting in creative writing, breathing more life into it than a backdrop of time and place. In this workshop, writer John Roche will help us explore setting “as a character” in fiction, going beyond describing the surroundings and looking at ways to integrate setting more fully so our characters interact with it, shape it and in turn are shaped by it. This will include two writing exercises focused on making setting a dynamic element of any story rather than a stagnant one. Roche, a native Bronxite, is longtime award-winning journalist, novelist and writing professor, bringing setting to life on the page. 

 

Location:

Bronx Library Center

310 E Kingsbridge Rd

Bronx, NY 10458

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

 
Wednesday | February 21st | 6:00-8:00pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCLED DUE TO THE WEATHER.

Bronx Memoir Project

With Author Amy Gottlieb

Amy Gottlieb’s debut novel The Beautiful Possible was a finalist for a 2016 National Jewish Book Award and Edward Lewis Wallant Award. Her fiction and poetry have been published in Other Voices, Lilith, Puerto del Sol, On Being, Zeek, Storyscape, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, and elsewhere. She has received a Literary Fellowship and Residency from the Bronx Council on the Arts, and an Arts Fellowship from the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. Amy is a graduate of Clark University and the University of Chicago. She lives with her family on the edge of the Hudson River in New York City.

 

Location:

Kingsbridge NYPL

291 W 231st St

Bronx, NY 10463

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

 
Saturday | February 24th, 2018 | 1:00 - 3:45PM

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.

 
Saturday | March 3rd| 6:00-8:00pm

Bronx Memoir Project

With Author Charles Rice-González

Charles Rice-González, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, is a writer, longtime community and LGBT activist, cofounder of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and a Distinguished Lecturer at Hostos Community College CUNY. He received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. His debut novel Chulito (Magnus Books 2011) has received nearly a dozen awards including a 2013 Stonewall Book Awards Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor from the American Library Association as well as a Small Press Highlights mention from the National Book Critics Circle. He co-edited From Macho To Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction (Tincture/Lethe Press 2011) with Charlie Vázquez. He will be hosting two memoir writing workshops at BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance.

 

Location:

BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance

2474 Westchester Avenue

Bronx, NY 10461

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

 
Wednesday | March 7th| 6:00-8:00pm

Bronx Memoir Project

With Author Amy Gottlieb

Amy Gottlieb’s debut novel The Beautiful Possible was a finalist for a 2016 National Jewish Book Award and Edward Lewis Wallant Award. Her fiction and poetry have been published in Other Voices, Lilith, Puerto del Sol, On Being, Zeek, Storyscape, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, and elsewhere. She has received a Literary Fellowship and Residency from the Bronx Council on the Arts, and an Arts Fellowship from the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. Amy is a graduate of Clark University and the University of Chicago. She lives with her family on the edge of the Hudson River in New York City.

 

Location:

Kingsbridge NYPL

291 W 231st St

Bronx, NY 10463

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

 
Saturday | March 17th | 12:00-2:00pm

Poetry Town Hall

With Noel Quiñones

Noel Quiñones is an Afro-Boricua writer, performer and educator born and raised in the Bronx. He’s performed at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival, La Casita, the Nuyorican Poets Café and Apples & Snakes London, and has been a featured artist at TEDx Swarthmore, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College and BronxNet Television. A recipient of fellowships from Poets House, CantoMundo and Brooklyn Poets, where he studied with David Tomas Martinez in summer 2016, Quiñones has also been showcased on Blavity, Vibe, Button Poetry, LatinTRENDS and Medium. He was most recently a member of the 2016 Bowery Poetry Club slam team, which placed among the top twenty teams in the nation.

 

Location:

Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10458

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

 
Saturday | March 17th | 2:00-4:00pm

BRONX FICTION WRITERS GROUP

Jumpstart Your Biomythography

WithSofia Quinterro

If you've ever wanted to tell a story inspired by your life experience, and yet struggled between writing a memoir and a roman a clef, this creative nonfiction workshop is for you. Created by writer and activist Audre Lorde when she wrote Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, biomythography is a genre that combines biography, mythology and history to share your life experiences while offering you greater creative license. In this workshop, we'll do exercises in each of the three elements and then learn how to weave together for a powerful tale that can entertain, provoke or inspire. 

 

Location:

Bronx Library Center

310 E Kingsbridge Rd

Bronx, NY 10458

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

 
Saturday | April 21| 1:00-4:00pm

Family Affair: Color Me Abstract & PEN World Voices Festival 2018 Family Workshops


Find all the colors of spring at The Bronx Museum of the Arts! Hop into the colorful, poetic world of Angel Otero’s abstract paintings during an afternoon of family art-making activities. Featuring workshops with PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature: Resist & Reimagine and The Bronx Council on the Arts. Explore new ideas with fellow writers and artists, and work with renowned poet and children’s book author Tony Medina! Recommended for children ages 4 to 12 with parent/ guardian, but all ages are welcome!

 

Location:

Bronx Museum of the Arts

1040 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10456

 

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

 
 
Saturday | April 28th | 11:00am-1:00pm

Poetry Town Hall

With Heather Archibald

Heather Archibald migrated from St. Kitts to New York, where she studied English at Lehman College, earning her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. In 2000, Heather published her first collection of poems entitled Pregnant These Past Twenty Years. Her poetry has been published in a number of journals, including The Caribbean Writer (UVI) (2015, 2016, 2017), Mom Egg Review (2016) and A River of Stories (2015). Heather is a Callaloo fellow and her second collection of poems, Home-Home, was published in 2016. She participated as an instructor in the Interactive Poetry Workshop, collaborating with Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon at the CCNY Department of Continuing and Professional Studies. She completed her MFA degree in Creative Writing with a thesis in fiction from City College of New York in 2017.

 

Location:

Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10458

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

 
Saturday | April 28th | 01:00-3:00pm

Poetry Town Hall

With J.F. Seary

J. F. Seary is a Nuyorican poet and actor. She’s performed at the Nuyorican Poets Café, the Bowery Poetry Club and Le Poisson Rouge in New York City as well as in Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Grand Rapids, Orlando, London, U.K. and San Juan, P.R. She’s toured colleges across the country with her solo poetry show and with Urbintel Production’s ensemble HerStory. J.F. Seary has performed in classical and contemporary theatrical productions including Shakespeare's King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream and As You Like It. Contemporary plays include Vivisection, In The Cypher, Soledad Speaks, and Latin Lives. Recently, she completed a limited engagement of Black Latina’s Of Mothers and Men. J.F. Seary lives in the Bronx. Info: www.jfseary.webs.com.

 

Location:

Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10458

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

 
Saturday | May 12th | 2:00-3:45pm

Poetry Town Hall

With Natalie Caro

 

Natalie Caro is a Bronx-born educator, activist, editor, and a 2015 Pushcart Prize Nominee. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy from Lehman College/CUNY, where she currently teaches composition, and an MFA in Poetry from City College/CUNY, where she was selected as one of the first recipients of the Creative Writing Fellowship. She has performed her poems all over the world, from California to Germany. Natalie will share some of her work and will discuss how she uses poetry to engage with students as an educator. She will also share her process for creating poems that address contemporary Latinx identity and more.

Location:

Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10458

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Saturday | June 2 | 11:30am-1:00pm

Poetry Town Hall

With J.F. Seary

J. F. Seary is a Nuyorican poet and actor. She’s performed at the Nuyorican Poets Café, the Bowery Poetry Club and Le Poisson Rouge in New York City as well as in Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Grand Rapids, Orlando, London, U.K. and San Juan, P.R. She’s toured colleges across the country with her solo poetry show and with Urbintel Production’s ensemble HerStory. J.F. Seary has performed in classical and contemporary theatrical productions including Shakespeare's King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream and As You Like It. Contemporary plays include Vivisection, In The Cypher, Soledad Speaks, and Latin Lives. Recently, she completed a limited engagement of Black Latina’s Of Mothers and Men. J.F. Seary lives in the Bronx. Info: www.jfseary.webs.com.

 

Location:

Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10458

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

 
 
Saturday | June 9th | 2:00-3:45pm

Poetry Town Hall

With Nancy Mercado

 

Nancy Mercado is the recipient of the American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement presented by the Before Columbus Foundation. Mercado is the editor of the Nuyorican Women Writers Anthology published in Voices e/Magazine, by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, an online literary journal. A guest curator for the Museum of American Poetics, she’s assistant editor and a board member of Eco-poetry.org, a website dedicated to addressing the issue of climate crises. Nancy Mercado will read from her work and will discuss her journey as a poet from the Nuyorican Poets Café scene to a more ecological focus as a literary artist.

Location:

Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse

Bronx, NY 10458

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

 
 
 
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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