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Spring 2012-2013
* LAS 328 / CWR 328 (LA)   na, npdf

Creative Writing Workshop in Spanish

Álvaro Enrigue Soler

The writer Julio Cortázar once said the novel wins by accumulating points, while the short story has to do it by knock-out. This workshop is designed to clear the way to self-expression, wiping out the myths that link writing with inspiration. We will use a wide array of tools that will trigger the student's narrative instincts emphasizing the notion of process. We will learn to discuss literary craft in a constructive way and to read as writers, not only reading each other, but also through dissecting successful short stories and texts by writers on writing. We will learn how to write a publishable short story that wins by knock-out.

Sample reading list:
Julio Cotázar, "Casa tomada"
Jorge Luis Borges, "Funes, el memorioso"
Gabriel García Márquez, "Un señor muy viejo con unas alas muy grandes"
Juan Rulfo, "No oyes ladrar los perros?"
Nicanor Parra, "Advertencia al lector"
José Lezama Lima, "Rapsodia para el mulo"

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will write a weekly one-page exercise in different formats, focusing on their main task: a short story which they will work on throughout the semester. The workshop sessions will comprise in-class exercises, discussions about the assigned readings, never more than 25 pages and peer readings. Every student will have to introduce the work of a classmate. Every student will write and submit a short story, revised both in class and by the instructor, in lieu of a final exam.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Completion of a 200-level Spanish course is recommended. The course will be taught in Spanish.

Other information:
Álvaro Enrigue (Mexico, 1969) is the award winning author of four novels and two books of short stories. He has been Literary Editor at Letras Libres magazine and Fondo de Cultura Económica, the reference publishing house for the Spanish language.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43131 S01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm W   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:9 Limit:25