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WRITING LIFE

AUGUST 2014 WORKSHOPS @ 2700

Saturday  |  August 9  |  4:00-6:00pm

Jumpstart Your Novel Workshop with Bronx Author Sofía Quintero
Have an idea for a novel but don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you started one but can’t figure out how to finish it. Novelist Sofía Quintero will guide you through finding the missing pieces. She’ll share how to outline and structure a novel, as taught by a seasoned editor at several major publishing houses, so you can get it done. 

 

Proud Bronxite Sofía Quintero has published five novels and twice as many short stories and novellas across different genres. Her latest is her award-winning young adult debut Efrain’s Secret (Knopf, 2010). She recently earned an MFA in writing and TV production at the TV Writers Studio of Long Island University, and contributed to the children’s anthology What You Wish For, the proceeds of which go to build libraries for Darfuri children in Chad. Sofia is completing her next young adult novel Show and Prove which will also be published by Knopf in 2014.

RSVP: http://080914jumpstart.eventbrite.com

Location: Bronx Council on the Arts  | 2700 E Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461

Admission: Free. All are welcome

Phone:718-931-9500 x21

 


Saturday  |  August 16  |  4:00-6:00pm

Martin Kleinman Book Presentation for Home Front: The Collection
Author and native Bronxite Martin Kleinman will join us for a special book presentation for Home Front: The Collection, a short story collection that takes the reader from New York City to Belgium to New England and beyond. Described by author Jennifer Cody Epstein as “diverse, irreverent and grittily lyrical” these tales represent urban street realism with honest lingo and tone, introducing us to a cast of characters both shocking and familiar.
We will close this presentation with a Q&A where participants can ask the author questions about writing and the publishing process. Books will be available for purchase/signing by the author.

RSVP: http://081614kleinman.eventbrite.com

Location: Bronx Council on the Arts  | 2700 E Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461

Admission: Free. All are welcome

Phone:718-931-9500 x21


 

Saturday  |  August 23  |  4:00-6:00pm

Blood Memory: Writing the Personal into the Fictional” Workshop with Jessica Lanay Moore of Poets
and Writers Magazine

Writer Jessica Lanay Moore presents her first Pájaroluz Writing Workshop, “Blood Memory: Writing the Personal into the Fictional,” with the Bronx Writers Center, where she will lead participants on the journey to fictionalizing the personal—from memoir to fictional narrative. Attendees are encouraged to write and develop first drafts and will receive creative feedback on their results. This new workshop series will be of great value to writers in multiple genres, so come welcome Jessica to our wonderful community!

RSVP: http://082314bloodmemory.eventbrite.com

Location: Bronx Council on the Arts  | 2700 E Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461

Admission: Free. All are welcome

Phone:718-931-9500 x21

 


Saturday  |  August 30  |  4:00-6:00pm

Mark Naison PhD and Melissa Castillo-Garsow book presentation for Pure Bronx, A Novel
Authors Mark Naison PhD and Melissa Castillo-Garsow will join the Bronx Writers Center for a special presentation for Pure Bronx, a novel that follows the journey of a young South Bronx couple, Khalil and Rasheeda, who struggle to make it out of the ghetto. Filled with a realistic cast of characters from hustlers to wealthy Wall Street moguls, Pure Bronx is an action-packed drama that moves with the speed of a rush hour express train. We will close this presentation with a Q&A where participants can ask the authors questions about writing and the publishing process. Books will be available for purchase/signing by the authors.

RSVP: http://083014purebronx.eventbrite.com

Location: Bronx Council on the Arts  | 2700 E Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461

Admission: Free. All are welcome

Phone: 718-931-9500 x21

 


 

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 http://www.barnesandnoble.com (click on "Stores and Events").

For more information,

please email bronxwriters@bronxarts.org

 


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