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Creative Nonfiction Workshop at Belles Artes


By Elizabeth Hanly

Writing is the closest thing to magic that I know. Nobody can pin down precisely how a story comes to a writer. But come they do—sometimes as a memory that won’t let one go; sometimes only as a vague nudge or image.

This course in creative nonfiction asks participants to dig into their own experience, letting the stories that only they know come to them, then finding the best ways to put them down on paper. In the process, participants begin to honor their own experience is unexpected ways. Both writers and “non-writers” are welcome. Open hearts are required.

Elizabeth Hanly is a writer, editor, and educator who specializes in creative nonfiction. Her expertise is in Latin America and the Caribbean, human rights, religion, and the arts. She is based in South Florida.

A professor of creative writing and film studies at the Honors College at Florida International University, Hanly won the all-university award for Excellence in Teaching. Her courses in Creative Nonfiction and Memoir have extensive waiting lists. She has designed cultural, educational, and human rights programs and has then written and received grants for those programs from organizations such as the Ford Foundation. She is an experienced consultant and editor for both the business and nonprofit sectors. She’s served as a book doctor and a ghost writer.

Hanly has brought home stories from war zones and refugee camps, from gold mines in Brazil, the Peronist Party headquarters in Buenos Aires, and from art studios in Havana. She has written on the joys of Fogal stockings and prides herself on finding Josephine Baker’s former hairdresser in Havana. She has been a freelance writer for over two decades, writing for everyone from the New York Times to Vogue to Partisan Review.

She is currently working on a memoir, the story of how a Philly girl comes to make sense out of love, life, and her past among the delicious and heartbreaking wacko elder singers and Afro-Cuban priests of Cuba. Hanly thinks Umberto Eco was very right when he said, “To survive you must tell stories.”



Memory: a Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Sponsored by San Miguel Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival

By Elizabeth Hanly

April 18, 1:30–5:00pm; April 25, May 2, 10:30am

Bellas Artes

$US 220 or peso equivalent

To register or for more information, please contact


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