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BMP| Better than Fiction: Writing from Pandemonium to Enlightenment

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At the end of the four weeks, participants will examine and give constructive feedback of published Bronx Memoirists

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In this creative writing workshop, led by Orlando Ferrand, participants will read, examine and celebrate the craft of several published Bronx memoirists reflecting on their own memories and fundamental questions in the course of these chaotic times. We’ll collectively create writing prompts fueled by the feelings and emotions stirred up by the reading selections, and we’ll explore our relationship with the pandemic world we live in without losing touch with the subjective essence of creative writing. However, we’ll challenge our role as creative writers amid disinformation campaigns. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to share their work and learn how to give and receive writing feedback that will enlighten the writer and create an emotional experience for the reader.

Workshop Schedule:

Monday, January 10th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Monday , January 17th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Monday, January 24th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Monday, January 31st from 5:00 - 7:00 PM


About BMP

The Bronx Memoir Project (BMP) is a community-based writing project that encourages a cross-generational, multi-ethnic collective of Bronx residents to tell their stories firsthand. Participants engage in free workshops, led by professional writers, culminating in the opportunity to submit their work for publication in the Bronx Memoir Project Anthology.

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Organizer Bronx Council on the Arts

Organizer of BMP| Better than Fiction: Writing from Pandemonium to Enlightenment

Founded by visionary community leaders in 1962, The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) is a pioneer in advancing cultural equity in The Bronx. From our early beginnings as a presenter of affordable arts programming in select Bronx neighborhoods, we have grown into a cultural hub that serves the entire creative ecosystem of the borough.  Our programs serve artists, the public, and the field at large by building connections, providing resources, and advocating for equitable practices. Then as now, we focus on supporting the work of underrepresented groups – especially artists of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Through this lens we offer affordable programs for seniors and youth, and provide direct services to over 1,000 artists and 250 community-based arts groups each year.

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