Open to professional and avocational writers of all ages and abilities, the Bronx Memoir Project offers free, professionally-led memoir writing workshops across the Bronx. Aligned with BCA’s mission to elevate local narratives and stories, the Bronx Memoir Project helps amplify local voices through an array of writing tools, along with the professional development needed for writers to publish on their own.
The enhanced 2019-2020 BMP will offer six intensive sessions of four workshops each, focusing on Narrative Poetry, Narrative Non-Fiction, and Essay Writing. A total of 24-workshops will be offered in the fall and spring.
The fall four-week Narrative Non-Fiction session will take place at BCA’s new home in Westchester Square from September 19th to October 10th. The Narrative Poetry session will take place at Poe Park Visitor Center from October 19th to November 16th. Workshops on Narrative Essay Writing will take place from November 18th to December 9th at the West Farms Library.
The remaining genre-based workshop sessions will continue in January at diverse locations across the Bronx. BMP will culminate with the publication of an Anthology of contributed memoirs and book launch celebration in June 2020.
Note: To be published in this year’s BMP Volume IV Anthology, participants must attend a minimum of three workshops within the same series, whether in the fall or spring. Writers can enjoy as many sessions and/or individual workshops as they wish during both seasons.
Workshops are led by experienced writers and teaching artists, and consist of trust-building and contextualizing exercises, style and technique, sharing and feedback, and editing tips to prepare participants’ submissions for publication.
2018-2019 BMP Anthology Series
The 2018-2019 BMP culminated in the Bronx Memoir Project Volume III Anthology and book launch in June 2019.
We thank the 113 participants, 43 Anthology contributors, 11 teaching artists, and Project Coordinator Crystal Valentine for the success of this year’s program We also thank Poe Park Visitor Center, BronxArtSpace, and the NYPL branches of Kingsbridge and Mott Haven for generously hosting the workshops.
This meaningful program is made possible in part with support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).