The Bronx Memoir Project (BMP) workshop series is targeted to aspiring professionals and avocational writers of all ages.
These free professionally-led workshops build on the Bronx Council on the Arts’ success in developing first-person narratives and bringing personal stories to the fore. The goal of the program is to ensure that local voices do not go unheard and that local writers receive the professional development they need to continue publishing on their own.
The success of these memoir-writing workshops will culminate in a book release event for an anthology comprised of exclusively selected original memoir works produced during the workshop series. Noted writer and educator Crystal Valentine will coordinate the BMP workshop series.
“A Place to Stand: The Past & Present in Memoir Practice”
From Baca to Rodriguez, from Satrapi to Mártir, physical place serves as a kind of jumping off point for the writers of memoir and the readers that journey with them. In this workshop, Rich Villar will explore the places that move stories forward and the histories we as writers carry from them. We will read excerpts of memoirs straight out of the ungentrified Bushwick, revolutionary Tehran, and the American Southwest; then we will use what we glean to pull our own stories from the places that hold us, challenge us, and move us through time.
About Rich Villar
Rich Villar, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, is a freelance writer and editor and is the author of the poetry collection Comprehending Forever (Willow Books / Aquarius Press, 2014). He has been quoted on Latino literature and culture by both the New York Times and the Daily News, and his poetry and essays have appeared in Black Renaissance Noire, Hanging Loose, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Amistad, Latino Poetry Review, and the acclaimed chapbook series Achiote Seeds.
The workshop will take place on March 2, 2019 from 01:30 p.m. – o3:30 p.m.
The event is free, however you need to RSVP by visiting here.
Poe Park Visitor Center
2640 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10458