The Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx Writers Center and Hostos Community College

Partner to Offer Classes for Aspiring Bronx Writers this Fall


The Creative Learning Academy is an affordable and accessible way to develop skills and to explore your interest in the arts. These single- and multiple-session workshops will be part of the Hostos Community College Continuing Education Program, beginning October 2013. Sessions will be taught by BCA’s BRIO award-winning artists and are designed to nourish your creative voice. All writers are welcome. Note: Space is limited.


The Bronx Writers Center Guide to Publishing Your Book
Instructor: Cherise Fisher

Are you ready to work on that book you’ve been thinking about? Wondering whether you should e-pub or go the traditional route? How will your work find its readers? Learn what you need to navigate the new world where every writer is a publisher. This is highly recommended for writers with a complete manuscript.

Saturday | 11:00am to 3:00pm | 10/05/13
CE4030–FO1 | 4 hours | 1 session | $99

Permission to Write a Novel

Instructor: Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
Work on developing your story and creating fresh, rounded characters, solid plot, evocative settings and realistic dialogue. Contemporary published work will be discussed and student writing will be read in a workshop setting.

Saturday | 11:00am to 1:00pm | 10/19, 10/26, 11/02, 11/09/13
CE4031–FO1 | 8 hours | 4 sessions | $150

Permission to Write a Screenplay

Instructor: Linda Manning
Do you have a movie in your head? Do you dream in dialogue and close-ups? Join a small group of writers intent on making that dream real. Work on all elements and all genres of screenwriting with an experienced and understanding instructor.

Saturday | 11:00am to 1:00pm | 11/16, 11/23, 12/07, 12/14/13
CE4032–FO1 | 8 hours | 4 sessions | $150


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Cherise Fisher is the Principal of The Scribe’s Window, a book development company committed to helping both fiction and nonfiction writers express themselves more clearly, more honestly, and more powerfully. She began her career in publishing as the assistant to the Editor-in-Chief of Dell Publishing a month after graduating from Yale University. She later moved to Simon & Schuster, where she built a strong list of commercial fiction and non-fiction titles covering a broad spectrum of topics. Ms. Fisher also spent four years as the Editor-in-Chief of Plume, where her extensive trade paperback experience shaped the success of Plume’s publishing program. Plume, a trade paperback division of Penguin USA, is the publisher of many bestselling and award winning authors. Over the course of her eighteen year career, she has shepherded several books to nationally bestselling status and worked with scores of new and experienced authors. It is her intention that all the books she helps bring into the world are relevant, enduring, and help readers maximize joy and productivity in their lives.

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. She is a product of the Puerto Rican communities on the island and in the South Bronx. She attended the NYC public school system and got her academic degrees from SUNY-Buffalo and Queens College. As a child she was sent to live with her grandparents in Puerto Rico where she was introduced to the culture of rural Puerto Rico, including the storytelling that came naturally to the women, especially the older women, in her family. Much of her work is based on her experiences during this time. Dahlma taught creative writing, language and literature in the New York City School system before becoming a young adult librarian. She has also taught creative writing to teenagers, adults and senior citizens throughout NYC while honing her own skills as a fiction writer and memoirist. Since her retirement, she has dedicated herself to her writing. Dahlma lives in the Bronx with her husband, Jonathan Lessuck.

Linda Manning is an award-winning screenwriter, playwright and performer who has worked in the theater for the past 25 years. Her screenplay Learning to Drive is the Grand Prize Winner in the 2013 StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest.  She holds numerous screenwriting credits and has had a number of professional accolades over the years. The Drawing Board, a lab for new scripts, recently hosted a reading of her new screenplay Divine Food.  In 2012, her play Bite The Apple was produced as part of the New York International Fringe Festival; and in 2011 she received BCA’s BRIO Award for Learning to Drive. Linda was a founding member of The Invisible Theatre in New York City where she wrote, acted, and produced. Her play DO SOMETHING WITH YOURSELF! The Life of Charlotte Bronte, originally produced by The Invisible Theatre in New York City, was published by Smith and Kraus, and has been performed in theaters throughout the country. Linda holds a B.A. in Theater from the University of Colorado and an M.A. from Trinity Rep Conservatory in Providence, Rhode Island.






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