Workshop “Autobiography with Objects”, by Fernanda García Lao

Since the fall of 2018, the Granada City of Literature UNESCO Programme (Arts Departament of Granada City Council) and the Aula de Literatura of the University of Granada have been collaborating on a series of free micro-workshops on writing. Our micro-workshops deal with very diverse aspects of literary creation. They aim to stimulate enthusiasm for literature, to generate new audiences, and to foster a network of complicity between authors-teachers and participants. The workshops have been celebrated on-site at the Madraza palace, but in 2020 they went on-line, due to Covid restrictions. Since 2021, however, they are going to be carried out both on-site and on-line.

There are a maximum of 15 places for each workshop, expandable to 20 places if done online, on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in applying for participation should write an email to

“Autobiography with Objects” — Teacher: Fernanda García Lao — Date: October 28th, 2022, from 6.30 pm to 9 pm — On-line via Google Meet

The workshop

Far from the intimate diary and the sentimental confession, Autobiography with Objects raises the autobiography as a terrain for fiction. From the experience of writing Autobiografía con objetos, recently edited by Kriller71, and reading El uso de la foto, by Annie Ernaux, this workshop proposes to investigate the fiction we call life. For us to observe ourselves as a form, an object that can be narrated. The workshop is an invitation to intervene the memory to make it scripturable, from objects, spaces and matter, relocating the anecdote in the background.
An autobiography is a whimsical clipping that includes lying. Let us make the I account a construction, a game.

Fernanda García Lao

Fernanda García Lao. Photo: Isabel Wagemann

Fernanda García Lao (Mendoza, Argentina, 1966) has a long career as a narrator, poet and theater director. She lived in Spain, where she had her formative period between 1976 and 1993, due to the exile of his family. She has written and directed plays that earned her, among others, the Antorchas award. She published the novels Muerta de hambre, first prize of the Fondo Nacional de las Artes, La perfecta otra cosa, La piel dura, Vagabundas, Fuera de la jaula, Nación Vacuna, and Sulfuro; the collection of shor stories Cómo usar un cuchillo and El tormento puro; the poems books Carnivora, Dolorosa and Autobiografía con objetos. She wrote also, in collaboration with Guillermo Saccomanno, the epistolary novel Amor invertido and the collection of short stories Los que vienen de la noche. Her books have been translated into English, French and Italian. Since 2010, she have been coordinating writing workshops and collaborating for several literary media. Currently, she lives in Barcelona.

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