2015 writing WORKSHOPS


November 2015
Thursday  |  November 12  |  6:00-8:00pm


PEN Mingle with
Bronx Museum of the Arts and Bronx Council on the Arts

The Bronx Museum is pleased to host PEN American Center’s first Mingle, in partnership with Bronx Council on the Arts’ Bronx Writers Center. Mingles are social gatherings hosted at venues throughout the city that create bridges to new communities. We hope you can join us for an evening of drinks, engaging conversation and updates on defending free speech at home and abroad.

Meet other writers and artists from New York City, as they converge for this breakthrough event in support of freedom of expression, something of especial value to Bronxites and to the people from all over the world who move here. Representatives from all three organizations will be on-hand to speak to attendees about how to get involved in the movement.  Flyer.

Location: Bronx Museum of the Arts

2nd floor North Wing, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456

Phone: 718-681-6000
RSVP with Bronx Museum here:

This is a FREE event but reservations are required by Tuesday, November 10, 2015.


Questions? Contact Charlie Vázquez at 718-931-9500 x21 or

About the co-hosts:

Whether singing on Telemundo, performing on HBOs Def Poetry Jam, or appearing in History Channel docudramas, modern day renaissance woman 
La Bruja refuses to be put in a box. Her unique creativity and charisma have taken her from appearances in a Spike Lee film to running writing workshops for inner-city youth and even modeling for Levis in Glamour and Marie Claire. With her debut album Brujalicious, this dynamic, gifted performer infused hip-hop and reggaeton with her irresistible blend of potent intelligence, hot sensuality and lyrical skill.

Charlie Vázquez is a published author and poet as well as Director of the Bronx Writers Center at the Bronx Council on the Arts. A Bronx native, he is the New York City Coordinator for Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra—an international literary celebration that brings him in touch with prize-winning journalists, novelists and poets from around the world. You can follow him on his Facebook author page or on Twitter @CharlieVazquez.

Saturday  |  November 21  |  12:00-2:00pm

Storylining Workshop

with Dianne Sposito

Back by popular demand!

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.

Location: Bronx Library Center

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


Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Sabrina at 718-931/9500 x22 or

Saturday | November 21 | 2:30-4:00pm

Bronx Crime/Noir Writers Society Readings
with Charlie Vázquez


Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez will host this special readings session for fiction and narrative writers creating works engaging challenging and darker themes. Attendees will be encouraged to read 1-2 pages and will receive group feedback. These reading and feedback sessions will be timed to ensure that all writers have time to read from their work. This will be a shorter gathering than usual and please note the different time-slot. We will resume our normal time in December. New writers are encouraged to attend and meet the group… please arrive on time to sign up!


Location: Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-365-5516

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie Vázquez at 718-931-9500 x21 or

Saturday  |  November 28  |  12:00-2:00pm

Poetry and Identity Workshop
with 2015 BRIO Winner Rachel Ansong


Poetry is a mirror that reflects deep beyond our soul. More than just verse and lines, it allows us to know ourselves, face our fears, create new worlds and even shape our visions for the future. Join Rachel Ansong, a 2015 BRIO award winner (poetry) as she delves into the essence of how poetry can help one realize his or her identity. Ms. Ansong herself is an MFA student at Stony Brook Southampton and primarily writes poems that connect her to memories of her Ghanaian home and new home, the Bronx. 

In this workshop, we will read poems by Audre Lorde, Walt Whitman, Mahmoud Darwish and Mary Oliver, which will contribute to our understanding of identity in relation to our culture and places of origin. We will also write a “My self” poem using a mirror/taking a selfie, if that is simpler, to look closely at what we look like, what we think we look like and how the world sees us.

Location: Bronx Library Center
. Lower Concourse

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


Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Questions? Contact Charlie at 718-931/9500 x21 or



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.





Both books can be purchased at Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza, located at 290 Baychester Avenue in the Co-op City section of the Bronx. To find out about literary activities that are held at the store, please call 718-862-3945 or visit (click on "Stores and Events").

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