Explaining the creative process to baccalaureate students, Anna Ballbona

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 , Andorra

Explaining the creative process to baccalaureate students, Anna Ballbona

Explaining the creative process to baccalaureate students, Anna Ballbona

Resum de la ponència

I gave a couple of chats on the creative process to baccalaureate students at the Margineda school in Andorra. Put that way, it sounds a bit pompous, but what I tried to do was share my journey through literature: a journey made of totally different elements. I explained how as writers, and as readers, we have to keep our eyes and ears open to all sorts of stories, details, turns of phrase that could become the driving force for a narrative piece. I think, I told them, that fiction is a path to understanding complications and nuance: writers always have to take note of the nuances. I gave them some examples of the authors that have accompanied me in writing my second novel, No soc aquí, and read them some excerpts to explain some of my whims. I would say that the excerpt with the battle of insults between Mila, the narrator of the book, and her brother took the cake (it was to reflect on how the most important part of any story is how you tell it).  And the most curious bit of all is that they listened closely and even asked me questions. It was very encouraging for me. I also shared some news with them that we agreed won't leave the Andorran valleys.

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