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Writer’s Corner: Short Fiction in Theory and Practice — Session 3: Gabriel García Márquez

May 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm BST

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Welcome to Writer’s Corner where we talk about and practice the craft of writing. Join Sylvia R for this session on Gabriel García Márquez. The salon will include three sections:


Section 1: Discuss

We’ll dive into the formal qualities of “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” (see pre-salon reading materials). We’ll discuss structure and form, plot (or the absence of it), characters, what resonates, and the why and how of it.


Section 2: Write

We’ll spend 1 hour silently writing together. You’re welcome to spend this time on short fiction or on anything else: long fiction, non-fiction, journaling, academic papers, Twitter threads, …


Section 3: Exchange Feedback

We’ll hear how others read and understand our words. The aim is for everyone to receive individual feedback on their writing. Feedback can be on pieces you’ve created outside of the salon.


Pre-salon reading materials:

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

Gabriel García Márquez, The Art of Fiction — an interview with the author


If you’d like to read more short stories by Márquez, have a look at these:

Death Constant Beyond Love — free to read

Collected Stories




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