2015 writing WORKSHOPS


April 2015


Saturday  |  April 18  | 11:00am-1:00pm

Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Society Workshop hosted by crime novelist Richie Narvaez

The Bronx Writers Center presents this exciting new gathering of crime and noir writers to the fantastic Poe Park Visitor Center adjacent to the Poe Cottage, where the American master wrote the classic short story “The Cask of Amontillado”. This casual writers meeting will meet every third Saturday of every month to participate in writing prompts, readings and critiques of these eternal, ever reinventing genres of fiction.

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-365-5516

Admission: Free


Saturday  |  April 25  |  2:30-4:00pm

National Poetry Month Showcase
with The Canvas of Words Tour

The Canvas of Words Tour is a traveling showcase of the Annual Canvas of Words show held in Queens. The mission of the tour is to introduce new audiences to this show, which features poets and performers whose styles range from academic, slam, spoken word theater and touch on a variety of topics. We began the tour this year at the Bowery Poetry Club On January 25 and February 22 and plan to extend it to a myriad of venues in NYC and out of state. The tour will not only entertain but will also create a forum for poets and audience members to connect. The lineup for this event includes Bonafide Rojas, Peggy Robles-Alvarado, Advocate of Wordz, Ngoma Hill, Roya Marsh and Meriam Rodriguez.  Flyer.

Location: Bronx Library Center

310 East Kingsbridge Road (at Briggs Avenue), Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: 718-579-4244

Admission: Free



May 2015


Thursday  |  May 7  |  1:00-8:30pm

Bronx Museum of the Arts

The Bronx Council on the Arts is thrilled to announce a very special collaboration with The Bronx Museum of the Arts and PEN American Center, as part of the PEN World Voices literary celebration happening all over New York City from May 4 through May 10 of 2015. This year’s festival is dedicated to writers from Africa!  All workshops are listed here.


BCA will host two very special writing workshops with internationally-acclaimed authors from the United States and Kenya. These workshop sessions will take place at The Bronx Museum of the Arts (1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street), from 1:00pm to 5:30pm. The culminating event will be a panel discussion by acclaimed African writers titled “The Witnesses” where they will discuss the importance of folklore and elders in contemporary storytelling. (All program details below.)



Writing Fiction from Memories with
Cuban-American novelist Chantel Acevedo

Chantel Acevedo is the author of A Falling Star (Carolina Wren Press, 2014), winner of the Doris Bakwin Award; and Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martins, 2006), winner of the Latino International Book Award. She studied writing at the University of Miami with the late Lestor Goran. She is currently an Associate Professor of English at Auburn University, Alabama, where she founded the Auburn Writers Conference and edits the Southern Humanities Review. Chantel will be sharing techniques and tips for fictionalizing memories into creative writing pieces. Free, but please RSVP: RSVP here.



Finding One’s Voice in Writing with Kenyan author Billy Kahora

This unique cultural workshop exchange will include conversations on the following: (1) Choosing a Point of View - How to decide who (which narrator) tells the story? (2) Deciding Content and Plotting - What story gets told? (3) Picking Style - How the story gets told… Billy Kahora lives and writes in Nairobi. His short fiction and creative non-fiction has appeared in Chimurenga, McSweeney’s, Granta Online, Internazionale and Vanity Fair and Kwani. He has written a non-fiction novella titled The True Story of David Munyakei and was highly commended by the 2007 Caine Prize judges for his story Treadmill Love; his story Urban Zoning was shortlisted for the prize in 2012, The Gorilla’s Apprentice in 2014. He wrote the screenplay for Soul Boy and co-wrote Nairobi Half Life. He is working on a novel titled The Applications. He is Managing Editor of Kwani Trust and has won many prizes.Free, but please RSVP: RSVP here.



The Witnesses with Vinie Burrows, Boubacar Boris Diop, Yusef Komunyakaa, Achille Mbembe, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. Moderated by: Rashidah Ismaili. What is the value of age and wisdom when it comes to artistic expression? What is the role of living witnesses of history? Noted African writers debate these questions and discuss the importance of “elders,” both within the African literary scene and in the world at large.

Free, but please RSVP: RSVP here.

(Photo of Yusef Komunyakaa by Tom Wallace)


These May 7th workshops are brought to you by

Tthe Bronx Council on the Arts, The Bronx Museum of the Arts and PEN American Center.


recommended reading:

Daughters of the Stone
Dahlma Llanos Figueroa

Daughters of the Stone
follows the lives of five generations of Afro-Puerto Rican women focusing on the legacy passed from one generation to the next. How does each generation deal with that legacy given changing environments, culture? How does the environment change the legacy? What happens to communication when language and culture are truncated? What legacy does a woman who owns nothing, not even her own body, leave for her daughter? What happens to a storyteller when she can no longer tell her stories? Can one build for the future without coming to terms with the past?

Dahlma Llanos Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in the Bronx. She was a teacher and librarian in the New York City School system until her retirement. Her life experiences in Puerto Rico and the Bronx, as well as her African heritage, form the core of her work. Dahlma lives still in the Bronx with her husband Jonathan Lessuck. Dahlma Llanos Figueroa is the recipient of the the Bronx Council on the Arts' BRIO award and the Literary Arts Fellowship & Residency.



Long For This World
Sonya Chung

Sonya Chung’s first novel tells the story of a family divided between contemporary America and a small Korean town. Long for This World is about loss and renewal and what it means to go home.



Sonya Chung is a recipient of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and the Bronx Council on the Arts Literary Arts Fellowship & Residency.





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