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Esteemed writers teach classes at new center


Three Riverdale writers have joined together with the Riverdale YM-YWHA to launch The Writer’s Center, with workshops beginning in mid-March.

From novices to veterans, the new center will host three workshops, each taught by a recipient of the Bronx Council on the Arts’ Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) award.

Local poet and teacher of The Writer’s Center poetry class, Sarah Stern, said the goal is to create a writing community in Riverdale.

“All of us won BRIOs and we just thought, what a shame that there’s no place to come to in Riverdale to build a writing community,” she said.

Bruce Tallerman will teach Elements of Fiction Writing on Mondays beginning March 12, at 7 p.m. Mr. Tallerman has been published in many literary magazines including Paterson Review and Southern Anthology and taught fiction at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop and at Riverdale Community Center.

Ms. Stern will teach How to Make a Poem on Tuesdays beginning March 13, at 7 p.m.  Ms. Stern’s first book of poetry Another Word for Love was published by Finishing Line Press last year. Ms. Stern’s poetry has appeared in a number of literary magazines and anthologies including Epiphany and Verse Daily, and she received honorable mention awards from Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards and Lilith Magazine’s Poetry Prize.

Amy Gottlieb will teach Writing a Spiritual Memoir on Wednesdays beginning March 28, at 7 p.m. Ms. Gottlieb’s work has appeared in Lilith Magazine, Puerto del Sol, Nashim, Zeek and Other Voices. The Bronx Writers Center awarded her a poetry residency and she won an honorable mention from the Ellen LaForge Poetry Prize.

Each workshop costs $180 for 10 sessions; $150 for Y members.

For more information or to register, go to www.riverdaley.org or call 718-548-8200.


The Riverdale Press