2015 writing WORKSHOPS


May 2015



Saturday  |  May 16  |  11:00am-1:00pm

Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Writing the First Scene
with Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez

You have a point-of-view character and a story in mind. A world to throw him or her into. The first chapter of a novel or novella — or the opening scene of a short story — must grab a reader’s attention to keep them reading. How do professional writers achieve this? Find out at this crime and noir fiction workshop devoted entirely to launching your tale and anchoring your readers in the suspense-driven DNA of your story world: the what, when, where, how, why and who. Click here for flyer.

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-365-5516

Admission: Free

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Wednesday  |  May 20  |  6:30-8:30pm

From Memory to Poetry with BRIO winner Paul Bulman

Poetry can be a powerful way to capture memories and tell a personal narrative. Join Pinny Bulman for a selected reading of poems from his “old shul” series which incorporate memories, experiences and imageries from his childhood in pre-gentrified Washington Heights, New York City. Participants will have an opportunity to create and share memory-based poetry in a supportive atmosphere, following the reading. Pinny has been the recipient of several poetry awards (BRIO 2014, ADR Poetry Award 2013) and his poems have appeared in a variety of literary publications, including Red Paint Hill, Poetica, The Subterranean Quarterly, Poetry Quarterly and Mima’amakim. Click here for flyer.

Location: Bronx Library Center

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

Admission: Free

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Friday  |  May 22  |  6:00-8:00pm

Bronx Memoir Project at La Casa Azul

Join Bronx Writers Center Director Charlie Vázquez and some of the contributors of the breakthrough volume Bronx Memoir Project – Volume 1 for this special presentation at New York City’s leading destination for Latino and people-of-color literature, La Casa Azul Bookstore. Copies of the recent anthology will be available for purchase. Come meet writers and get involved in the Bronx’s literary scene! Click here for flyer.

Location: La Casa Azul Bookstore

143 East 103rd Street, NYC 10029

Phone: 212-426-2626

Admission: Free

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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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