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Multiplying Language: The Art of Codeswitching and Bilingualism in Creative Writing with Achy Obejas

Date(s): Thursday, February 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281 (view map)
Advanced Workshop, Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Mixed Genre, Translation, World Literature
Tags: Voice, Bilingualism, Codeswitching, Language


About this Workshop

How do you approach creative writing in a multilingual landscape? Join critically acclaimed author, translator, and educator, Achy Obejas, to explore how authors use codeswitching, bilingualism and multiple languages in the same text to highlight culture, the necessity of home languages, and to demonstrate new creative paths for their writing. When and how do we codeswitch? To what to end do we use codeswitching in our art? What does it mean for our single language readers when these techniques are employed? Does an author have any responsibility to language and how can we approach this to heighten creativity and the work of art? In this exploratory and generative workshop, you will be asked to consider your home language and your relationship to it, and write and respond to various prompts targeted toward thought and exploration of another language in your writing.

Please note: you do not have to speak or be fluent in another language for this class. Any individual with a relationship to another language is welcome to attend.

Meet Your Instructor: Achy Obejas

Desert Nights Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty 2019 Achy Obejas
Achy Obejas is the critically acclaimed author of The Tower of the Antilles, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN Open Book Award and the Aspen Word Prize. Her previous books include Days of Awe and Ruins. As a translator, she's worked with Junot Díaz, Wendy Guerra and Rita Indiana, among others.