Escribirlo: A Writing Workshop in Spanish
with Álvaro Enrigue
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 • Wednesday, March 31, 2021 • Wednesday, April 7, 2021• Wednesday, April 14, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
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El psiquiatra Jonathan Shay descubrió un parentesco notable entre lo que hacían y decían los veteranos a la guerra de Vietnam y los héroes clásicos de La Ilíada—aunque unos fueran de carne y hueso y otros de ficción. ¿Homero padecía PTSD? Nunca lo vamos a saber, pero es un hecho que los pacientes del Dr. Shay mejoran cuando escriben. Escribimos por necesidad y por oficio, pero también porque organiza, aclara y le da sentido a lo que hacemos.
Jonathan Shay, a staff psychiatrist in the Department of Veterans Affairs, discovered enormous similarities in the behavior of Homer’s classic heroes and Vietnam War veterans suffering from PTSD. Was Homer a soldier? We will never know, but we know for a fact that Dr. Shay’s patients get better when they write. We tell stories for whatever reason, but mainly because it brings order, clarity, and sense to what we do.
This is a four-session master class. The first three sessions will be a writing workshop led by Enrigue and conducted in Spanish. Participants will write essays (in Spanish) which will then be workshopped with the group. In the fourth and final session, teachers will gather to discuss how the experience might be applied to their classrooms.
Álvaro Enrigue was a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library and a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores of Mexico. His work, written in Spanish or English, has appeared in The New York Times, El País, The Believer, Letras Libres, and both The New York and London Review of Books, among others. He is the author of five novels, three books of short stories, and one book of literary criticism. His novel Sudden Death, first published in Spain as Muerte Súbita in 2013, was awarded the prestigious Herralde Prize in Spain, the Elena Poniatowska International Novel Award in Mexico, and the Barcelona Prize for Fiction. Enrigue was born in Mexico and lives in New York City.