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In Progress: A Writer's Journey
The Bronx Writers' Center Workshops
at the Future Headquarters of the Bronx Council on the Arts
A Series of Free Workshops and Events for Writers
Monday, February 25, 2013
6:30-7:00pm Speed Writing: Each BWC workshop starts with a short writing exercise and an opportunity to meet and share with your fellow writers.
7:00-8:30pm Andrew Goldstein, writer of The Bookie's Son, a novel set in the Bronx, shares his story and insights into the journey from "secret" writer to published novelist. A Q & A and book signing will follow.
Maria Romano, Director of the Bronx Writers Center, writer and teacher, will host this workshop.
All welcome! Bring a notebook, a pen and your creative energy.
In 1958, Andrew Goldstein was 10 years old and he started taking bets for his father, a bookie in the Bronx. When he was 25 he was an organic orange and olive farmer in California when his first book was published. He started writing The Bookie's Son. Five years later he was still working on the novel when he froze a Zamboni to the ice in the middle of a hockey game. He was fired. Needing an income, he read the book, Match Play and the Spin of The Ball and taught himself tennis. Not a great player but a good teacher he became the head tennis pro at a tennis club in the Berkshires and kept writing in-between lessons. When he was 32 his first child was born and he needed money again so he gave up writing and became a custom builder. Two decades later he was named the National Custom Builder of the Year. Kids grown, he went back to writing. “Hey, I like this,” he said. He took writing workshops at Grub Street and in 2012 after 40 on and off years of writing The Bookie's Son, it was published by SixOneSeven Books.
The Bronx Writers Center supports and develops the appetite for writing and reading in the Bronx. The BWC searches for and promotes new voices and audiences and engages the community in literary and literacy programs.
The Bronx Writers Center, a program of the Bronx Council on the Arts, is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Robert A.Bowne Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts’ Literature Program, NYC Council Member James Vacca, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development,Arts Midwest, the Scherman Foundation, the Lambent Foundation, NYC Department of Small Business Services/Avenue NYC and the Westchester Square Branch of the New York Public Library.