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Turning Our Memories Into Story | Nuestros recuerdos transformados en historias

Thursdays, 4 weeks
Nov 4
Dec 2
6 - 8 PM Central
Melanie Márquez Adams
Porch Headquarters at 2811 Dogwood Place, Nashville, TN 37204
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In this class you will learn how to use your memories as a starting point to create and shape a compelling, vivid story. We will look at short stories and flash fiction by Lorrie Moore, Mercedes Cebrián, Lucía Berlín, Jamaica Kincaid, Raymond Carver, Julio Cortázar, Natalia Ginzburg, Ocean Vuong. Possible shared readings include Juan Rulfo’s “El desafío de la creación” (The challenge of creation), Julio Cortázar’s “Del cuento breve y sus alrededores” (On the Short Story and Its Environs), and Ricardo Piglia’s “Tesis sobre el cuento” (Theses on the Short Story). Through a series of guided prompts and feedback from your peers and instructor, you will complete the first draft of a story. This class will be taught in Spanish —the writing exercises can be completed in Spanish or English.

En esta clase, aprenderás a usar tus recuerdos como punto de partida para crear y dar forma a un texto literario. Leeremos ficción breve de Lorrie Moore, Mercedes Cebrián, Lucía Berlín, Jamaica Kincaid, Raymond Carver, Julio Cortázar, Natalia Ginzburg y Ocean Vuong, entre otros. Entre las posibles lecturas acerca de las técnicas del cuento, veremos “El desafío de la creación” de Juan Rulfo, “Del cuento breve y sus alrededores” de Julio Cortázar y “Tesis sobre el cuento” de Ricardo Piglia. A través de una serie de propuestas de ejercicios, y los comentarios de la instructora y el resto de participantes, trabajarás el primer borrador de una historia. Esta clase se impartirá en español; los ejercicios de escritura se pueden completar en español o en inglés.

Note: No class the week of Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 25

Note: This class is scheduled to take place in-person at Porch HQ. You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate, and we will enroll a maximum of 8 participants. Masks are not required at this time, though we will revisit this policy as needed. Check our website and this listing for details before you attend class.

Melanie Márquez Adams is an Ecuadorian American writer, author of the short story collection 'Mariposas Negras', and two essay collections, 'El País de las Maravillas' and 'Querencia: Crónicas de una Latinoamericana en USA'. She holds an MFA in Spanish Creative Writing from the University of Iowa where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. More recently, her work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Laurel Review, Lunch Ticket, Huellas Magazine, and 'Escritorxs Salvajes: 37 Hispanic Writers in the United States'. An International Latino Book Award winner, Melanie translated the New York Times bestseller 'So You Want to Talk About Race' for Vintage Español.

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