2015 writing WORKSHOPS
(unless otherwise noted)


March 2015


Friday  |  March 6  |  6:00-8:00pm

Writing Out the Perfect Character:
With Jessica Lanay Moore of Poets and Writers

A PájaroLuz Workshop…

Well-rounded characters jump off the page and seduce readers of fiction and memoir. How do writers achieve this? This workshop will focus on writing the faulty protagonist and working against the all-seeing, all knowing, narrative voice. Even the saintliest of characters have flaws and these are often the qualities that make them real to readers, who must continue reading to find out what will happen to them in the end.

Location: Bronx Library Center

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

Admission: Free



Saturday  |  March 21  | 11:00am-1:00pm

Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Society Kickoff Workshop

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 months 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  |  March 28  |  11:30am-12:45pm

Bronx Memoir Project Book Readings at Poe!

The Bronx Council on the Arts will stop by the Poe Park Visitor Center to present some readers from the breakthrough volume Bronx Memoir Project. Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez will present them and discuss how the project came about and why it’s such a poignant anthology of contemporary memoir fragments. Books will be available for purchase and select contributors will read from their submissions. A wonderful opportunity to learn about Bronx history from those who’ve lived it.

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.






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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