2015 writing WORKSHOPS


July 2015


Saturday  |  July 11  |  12:00-2:00pm

Storylining: The Craft of Organizing Inspiration with Dianne Sposito

Bring: 100 index cards, pens and paper and the story that’s inside of you.


If you are a writer looking for a technique to capture your percolating ideas and get them down on paper, then this “skillshop” is for you. In a “hands-on, how-to” two-hour seminar, you will learn a tried and true technique, designed to easily harness your ideas so that you can bring them into story form. A technique that fits into any writer’s toolbox, the class is open to playwrights, screenwriters, novelists, essayists, YA authors, songwriters, poets, performance artists, spoken word artists, or anyone with a story to tell. Newbies and seasoned scribes are also welcome. Ms. Sposito will bring her considerable teaching experience, expertise as a playwright, her sense of humor and immense passion for the art and craft of dramatic writing. Bring the story that’s inside of you. She guarantees it won’t stay there for long!


Part 1: Review of Classical Dramatic Structure Aristotle’s Greatest Hits.

A discussion with simplified visual aids and handouts; examples from theatre, film and TV; Q&A.

Part 2: Hands-on the Harness

Create the building blocks of your storyline using index cards, a pen and your imagination. Demo + now it’s your turn.

Part 3: Organizing Inspiration

Using your building block index cards, you will plot out your story, “flash-write” your narrative arc, and finally, read it aloud with a partner. You will go home with a super sharp writer’s tool that will follow you anywhere!


Playwright/librettist Dianne Sposito partnered with the late composer Mark Houston on three musicals: Commedia Paradia, Harbledown and Heaven in Your Pocket, an official selection of the 2008 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Solo dramatic work includes Almost Full Circle at the Guggenheim, When There’s a Will, They’re Away!, What’ll the Neighbors Think? and Suddenly, Lasagna!, for which she received a 2011 BRIO Award in playwriting from the Bronx Council on the Arts.


Ms. Sposito has been a guest playwright at LAByrinth Theatre Company’s Intensive Ensemble, and enjoyed a staged reading under the auspices of the Farm Theatre (NYC) with Officials of the Stardust Mission. Her newest work, Cinderella, based on her own translation of the Perrault fairy tale, will have its world premiere in February 2016 at Cardinal Stritch University Theatre. Her monologues have been published by Smith & Kraus and her poetry and essays have appeared in Visible Ink, a literary journal for cancer survivors. She is also the recipient of several writing grants and awards. A longtime member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., she lives and works in New York City. Flyer.

Location: Bronx Library Center, Concourse Level

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

Admission: Free


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

Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Society ─ Talking the Talk: Writing Effective Dialogue

with author John Roche

“How well you can write dialogue can make or break your story,” she said.

Effective dialogue is a key element of most writing, and that’s certainly the case in crime fiction. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to create strong dialogue that reveals character, propels your plot, breathes life into a scene and adds conflict and other necessary elements to your story. In addition to looking at examples of what works and doesn’t work in some noir classics and other novels, we’ll do exercises to hone your dialogue writing, paying particular attention to characterization, proper formatting and revision. Bring an excerpt of your story that contains or could use dialogue, along with a pen and paper. Plus: You’ll leave with a “Top Ten List of Dialogue Writing Tips That Work” that will boost your current story and future writing projects. 

John Roche spent more than two decades as an award-winning journalist, mostly covering the Bronx, where he was born and raised. He holds an M.F.A. degree from Western Connecticut State University, where he teaches in the graduate writing program, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Marist College, where he teaches journalism. His first book, Bronx Bound, a crime novel, was published by Black Opal Books this spring. Flyer.


Location: Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-365-5516

Admission: Free



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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