Creative Writing in Spanish (SPA4723.01)

Lena Retamoso Urbano

In this course we will explore different literary strategies that several key contemporary authors (known and lesser known) from the Spanish-Speaking World, such as Roberto Bolaño, Pedro Lemebel, María Enriquez, Montserrat Álvarez, Blanca Varela, Leopoldo María Panero, Juan Villoro, Enrique Villa Matas, among others, have used to configure their imaginary and alternative worlds. We will analyze the way these authors have worked with rhetoric figures, imaginary, lexicon, film, music, bestiary, space, time, tone, rhythm, intertext, social, political, gender and cultural themes, to start deepening the students’ own creativity to represent their potential imaginary worlds. We will also dive into a variety of literary genres such as poetry, short stories, micro stories, and chronicles. Then, students will have the opportunity to exercise their creativity imitating, modifying, intervening and/or offering a unique creative text in dialogue/response/discussion with the several texts read and analyzed. The time of the classroom will be used for each student to share their creative pieces and receive feedback from the classmates and the professor. There will be many opportunities to review drafts. As a final product, students will present their collection of a wide array of creative texts  (poems, short stories, micro stories, chronicles, hybrid pieces), and selected works of these collections will be featured in the Loom of Tongues #6, CSL series of events, at the end of the semester. Advanced level. In Spanish.

Learning Outcomes:
1) Analyze texts using an understanding of generic conventions, cultural values, and literary devices from the Hispanic World
2) Demonstrate awareness of Spanish as a language, including its systematic structure, history, aesthetics, and uses
3) Read literature as a writer with particular attention to voice, style, tone, form, language, and technique
4) Practice writing and revision as a craft with attention to voice, style, tone, form, language, technique, and other elements of literary composition
5) Collaborate and communicate effectively in Spanish through writing, sharing, and revising creative work
6) Produce a body of polished, original creative work in Spanish

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: 6 terms of Spanish at Bennington or taking a brief oral and/or written test to evaluate proficiency. Email Lena Retamoso Urbano ( to express interest.
Corequisites: Attendance at 2 Language Series events and Spanish Tables (2 sessions).
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 10:30AM - 12:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Spanish