Alejandro V. García, micro-workshop of chronicle

We call “Granada is Literature” all activities in collaboration with the Granada UNESCO City of Literature programme and the Aula de Literatura of the University of Granada. We offer a number of free micro-writing workshops which take place one Friday a month, from October 2018 until May 2019, in the Sala del Mural of the Madraza Palace, Centro de Cultura Contemporánea of the University of Granada, from 6.30pm until 9pm.

There is a maximum of 15 participants for each workshop, given in order of which the applications are received.

For all those who want to participate, please send your application to talleres@granadaciudaddeliteratura.com

MICRO-WORKSHOP OF CHRONICLE – Teacher: Alejandro V. García – Date: 12th of April 2019, from 6.30 pm until 9pm. – Place: Sala del Mural of the Madraza Palace, Centro de Cultura Contemporánea of the University of Granada

The Workshop

The journal writers often ask themselves what is the difference – if any – between the journalism and the literature. Or, in case the existence of a literary journalism will be proved, where is the dividing line that separates the creative activity form the informative one. Is literature always a chronicle or an interview? How can we know? In the 1960s, one group of american journalists, including Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer and Truman Capote, aimed to demonstrate that there is a clear confluence between the journalism and the literature. In 1970, Gabriel García Márquez brought together fiction and reality in The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor. There is no doubt that write well and use literary devices in a chronicle is legal, but, how does the imagination affect the reality? Does it make her stronger or more degraded? Could we write the chronicle of this workshop without misrepresenting the truth but using literary techniques?

The Teacher

Alejandro Víctor García (Granada, 1957) is journalist, storyteller, playwright and recently a cultural promoter and exhibition curator. He studied Philosophy at the University of Granada. As a journalist, he started in 1982 at the Diario de Granada, the first journal founded in the city after Franco’s dictatorship. He directed there Cuadernos del Mediodía, the only cultural supplement edited by a newspaper in Andalusia between 1983 and 1986. In 1984, he started to collaborate with the Andalusian edition of El País, masthead where he forged his career until 2003. In this year he joined the Granada Hoy as a deputy director and columnist of the eight remaining journals of the Group Joly. Throughout his career, he has written approximately 5000 opinion articles in numerous journals. He is also author of other books such as A nadie dijo su historia ni el barco de su alegría (theatre), Los lares urbanos (articles collected by Antonio Muñoz Molina in 1991), Cabezas tocadas (narrative, from 1996) and plays as El huevo de los mártires (Martín Recuerda prize from 1999 represented by the company Los Ulen). He has been also radio and television commentator, and he is author of contents of the website universolorca.com (2019) and is the editor of catalogues of exhibitions as Lorca. Ensueño de lejanías (2018), among others.