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“I am one of the contributing writers for the wonderful Bronx Memoir Project. I congratulate your organization for achieving such a monumental accomplishment. I attended some of the writing workshops hosted by Charlie Vazquez and learned that our borough has so many aspiring writers of diverse backgrounds and life experiences. By the way, Mr. Vazquez is a tremendous asset to your organization. He provided wonderful information as well as powerful inspiration for all of us. I am proud to participate in your organization’s arts and cultural activities. You are to be commended for all of your efforts, exhibitions and celebrations”.

Respectfully submitted,

Sonia Fuentes-Resto


     

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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 Writers Center Challenges

 
     

 

 


"Write your new reality."
Charlie Vázquez, BWC Director


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BWC Workshops have nurtured writers in several genres at such venues as Poe Park Visitor Center, Bronx Library Center, Hutchinson Metro Center, Bronx Documentary Center and Westchester Square New York Public Library. Topics covered have included: How to Start Writing a Novel, Lyrical Poetry, Character Development and Cultivating Suspense in Fiction. BRIO literary arts winners often conduct these, sharing their techniques. We also develop community and support for writers by hosting readings and information and networking sessions led by publishing experts and writers, along with author and book presentations.

The Bronx Memoir Project collected memoir fragments and short stories written by Bronx residents of all ages, races, genders, nationalities and backgrounds, now published in an anthology in both paper and e-book formats. This was the result of 25 free memoir-writing workshops produced by BWC in spring 2014, throughout the borough. Workshop facilitators worked directly with seniors, teens and families to create, edit and record first-person narratives of homecoming and identity. This exciting and first book of its kind — Bronx Memoir Project, Volume 1 — can be purchased on Amazon.com and is available as an e-book for Kindle and Nook readers.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts that encourages literacy and reading culture in local communities. The Bronx celebrates one book and its author for per season through music, film, crafts, readings, book discussions and other innovative events. Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe was the Big Read selection for the Bronx Writers Center in 2014. Nearly twenty free events were organized in the Bronx to celebrate Poe’s literary genius and free books were given away to the public.

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"It has reignited me, I’m still developing my voice,
but I have so many stories to tell."

Joe Pucci, writer


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Bronx WritersCorps teaching artists lead poetry and writing workshops for at-risk youth in South Bronx family shelters and youth detention centers. Each participant contributes a written piece in an anthology and performs in a closing showcase.

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"Ah, yes, beautiful.
I love when work can reflect a private experience or observation.
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winzloe, writer


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Information: bronxwriters@bronxarts.org or 718-931-9500 x21

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The Bronx Writers Center is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Robert A. Bowne Foundation, the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, NYC Council Members Annabel Palma and James Vacca, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, the National Endowment for the Arts, Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., and the Westchester Square Branch of the New York Public Library.
     
 

 


 


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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