More than just putting down a large number of letters, to write is to provide a space with meaning, to provide a moment of imagination with wings, to transmit experiences of love and astonishment, among many other sensations. It also implies interpreting the real or the imaginary of existence, understanding the encounter between communicative codes and aesthetics, exploring the realm of ideas and the sublime, in short, giving expression to what the heart and the intellect feel and think.
Writing is a relatively young art that began approximately five thousand years ago in Mesopotamia and today this phenomenon has become an agreement between people that permits the communication of experiences, expressing feelings and formulating concepts, as well as giving rise to networks of symbolic interaction in everyday life as a reflection of the thoughts of human beings which ultimately constitutes our cultures and society. To write offers us the possibility to reveal our identity and to get to know the identity of other people; in other words, it means understanding and misunderstanding, proximity and remoteness, entering the private world of the other, constructing and changing everyday life.
To found a Creative Writing Workshop implies constructing a laboratory that allows the exchange of interests and ideas concerning the desire to write, that is, a place where you can experiment, find ways of describing life in general, generate ideas, and give meaning to your own life and your experiences through communicating.
This workshop, with its multiple nuances, can also be defined as a scenario where different types of schemes can be created, for example, to overcome a sense of oppression at work or boredom of everyday life. To write is a cognitive act that permits the coordination of ideas and feelings with the refinement of the contact between the eyes, the hand and the paper; to write is moreover an exclusively human art and the aesthetic manifestation of its different expressive forms transmits the subjectivity and self-consciousness of human beings in their search for understanding and liberation.
More specifically, the idea of this Creative Writing Workshop is to gather teachers interested in reading, analyzing and writing literary texts, with the purpose of publishing primarily short stories which is an appropriate genre for beginners. However, it is important to clarify that this workshop is not about teaching how to read and write; it is aimed at university teachers with reading and writing experience and who already master the punctuation rules and rhetorical rules regarding structuring of texts.
A Creative Writing Workshop motivates and contributes to the development of writing skills, for example the philosophical notion of text and the definition of different text genres, promoting the exploration and solution of problems related to the written code and composition. Furthermore, it stimulates the participants to embark on the labor of writing in all its processes, which entails the acquisition of cognitive skills and the investigation of language from an aesthetic point of view.
This Creative Writing Workshop provides a four-hour session every other week. With respect to the activities, the focus is primarily on reading and studying literary texts by renowned authors in order to get acquainted with different styles and techniques; secondly, on reading and analyzing literary texts written by the participants as a form of collective work that aspires to facilitate the creation of an individual language, that is, a literary voice that can be described as relatively original.
The director of this workshop is Pablo Montoya.
Teachers who participate in this workshop should replicate the methodology by creating a similar activity for students.