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Writing 360 Workshop | Magical Realism & Unexpected Forms: Narrating the Ordinary

November 20, 2021 2:00 pm 4:00 pm EST

Magical Realism & Unexpected Forms: Narrating the Ordinary

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Saturday, Nov. 20
2–4 PM ET

online event; only open to Mentees & Mentors in Writing 360

Do you have a family ghost that won’t leave you alone? A talking cat? A necklace that turns a different color when spirits are around? If any of these ideas make you curious, join author María Alejandra Barrios, as she illuminates what magical realism is (and isn’t!) and the unexpected ways we can disrupt the ordinary and make room for magic in our work. In this workshop, we’ll try our hand at using non-linear formats and writing in fragments to create stories that defy the norm.

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Meet Your Teaching Artist

María Alejandra Barrios Vélez

María Alejandra Barrios Vélez

María Alejandra Barrios Vélez is a writer born in Barranquilla, Colombia. She has an MA in creative writing from the University of Manchester and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and scruffy dog, Gus. She was the 2020 SmokeLong Flash Fiction Fellow, and her stories have been published in Shenandoah Literary, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, El Malpensante, Fractured Lit, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Offing, and more. Her work has been supported by organizations such as Vermont Studio Center, Kweli, Caldera Arts, and the New Orleans Writers’ Residency. The Waves Take You Home is María’s debut, inspired by the resilience and strength of the women in her family and the Caribbean city she spent most of her life in.

Writing 360 Mentees & Mentors are required to attend one Writing 360 Saturday Workshop per month. Of course, you can always attend two workshops in a month if you’d like!


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