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Since 1996, the Bronx Writers Center (BWC) has supported and developed the appetite for writing and reading in the Bronx. The BWC searches for and promotes new voices and engages the community in literary and literacy programs. The Bronx Write Bus, the Big Read, CrossBRONX, writing workshops for youth and for adults, and the Bronx WritersCorps are some of the successful programs. .For more information, please send email to bronxwriters@bronxarts.org.

 

 Programs

 

Workshops nurture emerging writers in all genres. BCA has conducted successful workshops at Barnes & Noble, Hutchinson Metro Center and the Westchester Square Branch of the New York Public Library on topics such as how to get started, world-building, character development, and accessing memories. For the BRIO Writing Series, award-winning Bronx writers share their wisdom and writing techniques.

The Bronx WritersCorps is part of a national program created to improve literacy levels and to provide avenues of expression for the residents of the most under-served and challenged neighborhoods, including the Juvenile Justice System, the Tier II Housing Shelters and community organizations that participate in the Youth Poetry Slam. Participants range in age from elementary school to high school and represent all ethnic communities of the Bronx.

Programs for Readers:
BWC is committed to reaching non-traditional audiences and to interesting readers and non-readers in literary programs. Readings and writing/creative workshops with writers are scheduled throughout the Bronx to reach varied audiences. Visual and performing artists also engage audiences with responses to, and performances supporting, the written word.

 

The Big Read: A National Endowment for the Arts community reading program. The Bronx celebrates one book and one author for one month through music, film, crafts, public readings and other innovative events.

Programs for Writers: Workshops nurture emerging writers in all genres. BCA has conducted successful workshops at Barnes & Noble, Hutchinson Metro Center and the Westchester Square Branch of the New York Public Library on topics such as how to get started, world-building, character development, and accessing memories. For the BRIO Writing Series, award-winning Bronx writers share their wisdom and writing techniques.

 

The Bronx Write Bus: A youth program that literally and figuratively explores arts and culture in New York City. For five summer weeks, a bus filled with young explorers write about their experiences in memoir, humor, poetry, essay and screenplay form, as they ride through the city. This program is created to counter the effects of the summer learning gap.

Grants and Awards for Writers: BRIO, or Bronx Recognizes Its Own, provides support for artists creating works of literary, media, performing, and visual arts in the Bronx. A minimum of 25 BRIO grants of $3,000 each will be awarded to individual artists residing in the Bronx. At least 5 of these grants are for literary work.

Publications:
The Bronx Writers Center’s online presence is CrossBRONX, a literary journal and an ongoing resource for writers. It showcases original poetry and writing by Bronx artists and themes that are important to Bronx residents. Poetry, short fiction and non-fiction are currently being accepted.


Information: bronxwriters@bronxarts.org or 718-931-9500 x21.
 
 
The Bronx Writers Center, a program of the Bronx Council on the Arts, is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Robert A. Bowne Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts’ Literature Program, NYC Council Member James Vacca, the Simon Bolivar Foundation, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, the National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Small Business Services/Avenue NYC, and the Hutchinson Metro Center.

 


 


Bronx Writers Center
Director Charlie Vázquez
Awarded Hispanic Heritage Month Honor by NYC Comptroller
Scott M. Stringer

 

Charlie Vázquez, BCA Bronx Writers Center director, is being awarded Hispanic Heritage Month recognition for his work with burgeoning writers in the Bronx and beyond. The ceremony will take place at Surrogate’s Courthouse in Manhattan, at 31 Chambers Street, on Tuesday, September 23rd, 6:00pm. Vázquez will be one of several New York City-area figures being honored for their work in different sectors of the Latino community.

 

“I am touched, of course,” says Vázquez. “To be recognized by the highest financial office in New York City. It’s also a reminder for me to shoot higher, to do even more outreach to young and emerging writers, the people who’ll be telling their stories and ours.”

Photo by Ricky Flores

 

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