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Escritura creativa en español

Course Description

This class will focus on the craft of the writing a story, which we will explore through reading great short stories, writers speaking about writing, writing exercises and conducting workshops on original stories.

A writer reads with a different eye. In this class we will be reading stories and analyzing them with a focus on narrative technique to understand ways in which different writers have addressed issues of plot, character, place and theme. We will use exercises and the workshop environment to put these principles into practice. Throughout, we shall analyze the writers' process so participants can begin to understand and develop their personal process and relationship to the material.

Short spontaneous exercises and longer assignments combine to motivate, and refine, students ́ writing, both about the chronicler’s main subjects (place, people, and things) and about the fiction writer’s concerns (character, plot or narrative economy, and closure). Whether fiction or non-fiction, students’ writing is discussed via criteria pertinent to literary work. Learning to analyze a piece of writing critically is a key component of the course. Guidelines/criteria will be provided. Students are encouraged to apply them as well as to improvise, as long as opinions are always grounded in evidence from the relevant text.

Course Objectives

  • Explore the creative process through writing

  • Define/determine individual goals as a writer

  • Expand & refine vocabulary & style resources

  • Become familiar with the conventions of craft (specific to genre)

  • Learn about varied techniques of fiction.

  • Learn how to critique (and be critiqued) constructively

  • Reinforce revising skills, not only of language but also of ideas

  • Prepare a text for submission to a publisher or competition


What to expect for this class

Fun, frustration, perhaps the occasional frontal-lobe meltdown. The workload will be reasonably demanding: in addition to writing original work and editing the work of your classmates, we will read  short stories where we will analyze the concepts we have learned about writing.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcome for the study of a modern language as part of a minor/major requirement is to bring the student to a level of advance/superior in the target language as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). For modern languages the learning outcomes for the four language skills and culture at the advance/superior level can be summarized as follows:

Texts and Materials

López Teijeiro, Iria. Saca al escritor que llevas dentro. Literautas, 2013.

        Digital version

        Print version

Handouts and Reading- Download from Sakai (Resources)

A good dictionary


 Week Class
 1 Jan 13
- Introducción

- Lectura 1: "Consejos de Vargas Llosa"
- Lectura 2: "Cómo nace un cuento"
 Jan 15
- Presentación: "Escritura creativa"
- Analizar lecturas
- Lectura 1: "El eclipse"
- Actividad: "El eclipse"

 Jan 17
- Analizar lecturas
- Ejercicios de escritura

 - Lectura: "La escritura creativa"

Los orígenes
 Jan 20
- Analizar lecturas
- Actividad: "El metro"

- Lectura: "El metro"
- Actividad: "El metro"
 Jan 22
- Analizar canción
- Ejercicios de escritura

- Lectura 1: "Decálogo del cuentista"
- Lectura 2: "Siete consejos de escritura"
 Jan 24
- Analizar lecturas
- Ejercicios de escritura

-Caption #1
-Prelectura: "Algo muy grave..."
-Lectura: "Algo muy grave va a suceder en este pueblo"
- Actividad: "Algo muy grave..."

La historia
 Jan 27
- Analizar lecturas
  Jan 29
- Quiz #1
- Lectura: "La historia que vamos a contar" Jan 31
- Analizar lecturas
- Ejercicios de escritura


 Feb 3
- Analizar lecturas
- Lectura: "La descripción y El tiempo de la historia"
 Feb 5
- Analizar lecturas

 Feb 7
- Ejercicios de escritura
- Caption #2

Los personajes
 Feb 10
- Analizar lecturas
-Lectura: "Los personajes" Feb 12
- Analizar lecturas
 - Lectura: "La mujer del juez" Feb 14
- Ejercicios de escritura

Actividades de "La mujer del juez"

 Feb 17
- Analizar lecturas
  Feb 19
- Quiz #2
-Analizar lectura
  - Lectura: "La forma de la espada" Feb 21
- Quiz #3
- Ejercicios de escritura
- Caption #3
- Lectura: "Los diálogos"

Los diálogos
 Feb 24
- Analizar lecturas

 Feb 26
Midterm Exam
  Feb 28
- Ejercicios de escritura

 Mar 3
Spring Break
  Mar 5
Spring Break
  Mar 7
Spring Break

Los talleres
 Mar 10
- Ejercicios de escritura

 - Lectura "Disparadores creativos"
#7 - #14 - #18
- Información sobre tu cuento
 Mar 12
- Analizar lectura
- Ejercicios del libro
 Mar 14
- Revisión en grupos
 Caption #4
- Lectura "Un instante en la estación"

 Mar 17
-Analizar lectura
 - Información sobre personaje principal
 Mar 19
- Analizar lectura
- Respuestas
 - Leer  "El conflicto detonador" Cap 4.
Ejercicios #1, #17, #20
 Mar 21
- Quiz #4
- Revisión en grupos
 - Información sobre el lugar
- Lectura: "Con los ojos cerrados"
 11 Mar 24
- Analizar lectura
 - Ejercicios del libro
 Mar 26
Revisión en grupos

 Mar 28
- Analizar lectura
 Caption #5
- Lectura "Salir de la rutina"
 - Ejercicios 2#, #6, #9 y #12
 12 Mar 31
- Ejercicios de escritura
  Apr 2
- Analizar lectura    
 - Ejercicios del libro
 Apr 4
- Revisión en grupos
 - Lectura "Una carta de amor"
 13 Apr 7
- Analizar lectura
  Apr 9
- Ejercicio de escritura

- Trabajar en cuento: La historia - El lugar
 Apr 11
- Revisión en parejas

- Quiz #5
 Caption #6
- Trabajar en cuento:El narrador - los personajes
 14 Apr 14
- Revisión en parejas
 - Trabajar en cuento:Las acciones - los diálogos
 Apr 16
- Revisión en parejas

 Apr 18
Easter Break
 15 Apr 21
Easter Break
Historias de los lugares de la universidad
 Apr 23
- Revisión en parejas
  Apr 25
- Oral Presentations
 16 Apr 28
- Oral Presentations
  Apr 30
Final Exam Review

 1:30 pm class
Friday, May 2

 1:00 pm

Course and College Policies

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General Policies:

Computer access: The general rule is, "never turn in a paper without running the spell check!" Please be aware that since computer use is required for many of our courses, the lab does become crowded, particularly before class. Students who stop in with minutes to spare many not find a vacant computer or printer, and thus may not be able to turn in an assignment. See the policy on Late Work.

Late Work: Late work will not be accepted. Please do not ask for extensions. There are no make-up quizzes or exams. Do not make travel arrangements until you have consulted your mid-term and final exam schedule. Exceptions to this policy will be made only in cases of serious illness, injury or other serious emergencies, of which verification must be provided.

Office hours: I enjoy the opportunity to speak with my students. Drop by whenever you wish.

Accessing and Communicating Course Information:
This syllabus and other important information for this course can be found at Sakai. Paper assignments, web links and other information will be posted there regularly throughout the semester. Students are responsible for material posted there, so please be sure that you can access the site, and that you are signed up to receive course e-mail at your CAMPUS e-mail account. I know you get a ton of e-mails. However, you are required to check and keep open your campus e-mail account for crucial campus communications. Please see the Student Handbook for details. Students should keep their e-mail accounts active by checking regularly and clearing out deleted mail. Any emergency course cancellations will be communicated by e-mail.


All topics, quizzes, exams and their dates are subject to change. Advance notification will be given in case of any changes.