2015 writing WORKSHOPS


September 2015
Saturday  |  September 19  |  12:00-2:00pm

Seeing Red: Editing and Revising Your Fiction

with Richie Narvaez of Mystery Writers of America – New York

You've finished a draft of your story, but don't send it out yet! You only have one chance to impress an agent or publisher. Take the time to edit and revise your manuscript. Find out what to look for and get some easy tips for how to fix plot holes, clunky language and other common mistakes. Bring a finished draft to work on!


Location: Poe Park Visitor Center 2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-365-5516
Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

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

Saturday  |  September 19  |  2:00-3:30pm

Artist Statement vs. Bio

with Morgan Tachco of Brooklyn Arts Council


Geared toward individual artists, this workshop will address the difference between two very different tools: your artist statement and your biography. We'll address the audience for each, the necessity of having both, and how the practice of writing and maintaining these can inform your creative practice. Workshop will include writing exercises, and participants will leave with preliminary drafts.


Morgan Lindsey Tachco is a creative administrator, actor and writer. She joined Brooklyn Arts Council in 2008 and filled several roles in the Grants and Arts in Education Departments prior to serving as Grants and Services Director. As an administrator, she has also worked as a Producing Director for Horse Trade Theater Group, where she co-founded the Frigid NYC Festival; Outreach Manager for New York Innovative Theatre Foundation; and as a freelance indie theatre publicist and event coordinator.  Morgan holds a B.A. from Goddard College in Individualized Studies, with a concentration in Performance and Arts Management, and is a 2015 New York Community Trust Leadership Fellow.


Location: Morris Park Public Library 985 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462

Phone: 718-931-0636


Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

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

Saturday  |  September 26  |  2:00-3:30pm

Every Goal Has a Silver Lining

with writer, poet, and teaching artist, Orlando Ferrand


I use my own experience and yours as a framework for the workshop/mini seminar. This highly interactive session will have a concrete emphasis on every stage of the process from concept idea and logistics to execution. However, the overall workshop goal is to provide participants with the know-how and tools necessary to develop attainable goals throughout a project's lifetime. Whether your work is made for traditional exhibition, publication and performance spaces or is pushing the boundaries into new territory, setting goals for your work is a crucial career development skill. There will be a consult and follow-up with attendees working on specific projects as well as on the spot coaching for those starting new projects, or brainstorming to start-up projects using prompts given in the workshop.


Orland Ferrand is a Cuban-American award-winning poet, writer and multidisciplinary artist. He is a graduate of City College, Columbia University and Parsons. A professional member of PEN American Center, he received the 2015 Artist in Community Grant from NYSCA/BCA, and the BRIO Award for Excellence in Poetry from the Bronx Council on the Arts in 2014. His memoir, Apologia: Cuban Childhood in My Backpack, received a 5-stars rating by Readers’ Favorite in 2012, and was selected as the Book-of-the-Semester by Hostos Community College, CUNY, in the spring of 2012. He is the author of three poetry collections, a memoir, several plays, and has contributed to various anthologies of poetry and creative non-fiction. He teaches creative writing and fine arts at various colleges and universities in New York, and works as an editor, literary translator, script supervisor, script analyst and writer's coach for several independent and studio film production houses. Orlando Ferrand has been a business development consultant for IBM and Creative Capital, and worked in the past as a grant writer and director of marketing and development for several non-profit organizations, including Housing Works, GMHC and Praxis Housing Initiatives.


Location: Poe Park Visitor Center

2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: 718-365-5516

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

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

October 2015
Saturday  |  October 10  |  12:00-2:00pm

How to Start Your Graphic Novel

with writer/artist Ray Felix


Join writer/artist and executive director of Bronx Heroes Comic Convention Ray Felix, as he gives insight on brainstorming your first graphic novel. Learn how to create plot points for chapter structure and character development. Also, learn how to copyright and trademark your intellectual property.


Ray Felix is a Bronx native, born in 1973. He is a graduate of the School of Visual arts Class of 1999/ 2000. His comics include God: The Second Coming; No-1 Anthology; O.D's H.H, 1 & 2; Bronx Heroes;  Runaway Slave and A World Without Superheroes. Ray Felix is also the Executive Director of the community-based organization Bronx Heroes Comic Con which promotes literacy and education through the practice of reading and creating comics. A winner of numerous awards and grants, Felix has freelanced with a number of off-Broadway productions and he worked on the Comic TV adaption of the Bronxnet Emmy Award Winning show "Bronx Flavor”.


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

November 2015
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 RSVPis required.

Questions? Contact Sabrina at 718-931/9500 x22 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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