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Writing Workshop | Home & Exile: Novels Without Fiction

July 30, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


| In-person Writing Workshop |

Novels without Fiction is how Spanish writer, Javier Cercas, describes his stories; books in which reporting and narrative go hand in hand. It is a style that includes dialogue and character development, and makes literary non-fiction come alive for many readers. Please bring your chosen topic to share. It can be drawn from a historical event, your personal or family history, or a combination of both. We will examine how to develop the topic with your readers in ways that help them understand and care along with you.

This writing workshop is part of our Our Stories, Ourselves: Home & Exile series. Check the calendar to see what else we have coming up.

Hennepin County Libraries is our partner for this event. Funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.




Tessa Bridal was born and raised in Uruguay, a third generation descendent of a resilient and courageous Irish woman who boarded a ship she had been informed was sailing for Boston. Her ancestor’s story is told in Bridal’s second novel, River of Painted Birds, published in English and Spanish (Río de los pajaros pintados). Her first novel, The Tree of Red Stars won the Milkweed National Prize for Fiction and the Friends of American Writers annual award. Bridal has also authored two works of nonfiction on the use of live theatre in museums, and is the recipient of the American Association of Museums (now the American Alliance of Museums) Educators Award for Excellence. Her latest book is The Dark Side of Memory: Uruguay’s Disappeared Children and the Families that Never Stopped Searching. 



July 30, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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