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The Art of Close Observation: A Workshop in Descriptive Writing


Graciela Mochkofsky, Instructor 

This workshop will begin with an analysis of examples of descriptive non-fiction by such writers as Emmanuel Carrère, Rodolfo Walsh, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Joan Didion, and Joseph Mitchell. Each teacher will then go to a designated place in the Library to gather information through observation. Afterwards, each will write a short piece, based on those observations, which will be read and discussed by the group.
Graciela Mochkofsky is the author of six books, including Tío Boris, Un héroe olvidado de la Guerra Civil Española, a narrative essay on her great uncle who fought in the Spanish Civil War, and Pecado Original: Clarín, los Kirchner y la lucha por el poder, an investigation of the Kirchner government’s war against the media group Clarín. Her book La Revelación tells the story of a Peruvian Catholic community that converted to Ultra Orthodox Judaism and emigrated as a group to the Jewish settlements in the West Bank.



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