, Creative Writing
Margarita Borrero is a novelist and a short story writer. She has taught at Madrid’s Escuela de Escritores, one of the top private creative writing institutions of the Hispanic world and a member of the European Association of Creative Writing Programs. She has also worked as a screenwriter in Miami, addressing the Latin-American audience, and as a journalist in Colombia.
Humanity is at the core of both story crafting and teaching. I believe that the very impulse to create has something valuable to teach us, and creative writing provides the tools to unfold it. After years of living immersed in bilingual environments around the world, I've grown to love the richness that different cultures bring to my life, art and stories.
In the classroom, I strive to meet my students at their own level within their personal creative writing journey and from there I invite them to embrace challenges, find their voice, trust their characters, their stories and, mostly, themselves.
My interests are wide-ranging, from the Classic Greek poets to the modern Latin-American writers, from Mythology to experimental novels, from short stories to sagas. I am an enthusiast of Jungian psychology and Joseph Campbell’s work.
I love ancient buildings, art, Celtic culture, archaeology, animals, long walks and stargazing.
Area(s) of Research
I was first attracted to journalism and nonfiction genres because they engaged my independent spirit and got me to write and publish on a regular basis. I identify myself with the New Journalism style that uses literary techniques to report on daily events. My work in television always gravitated towards the likes of documentaries and cultural programming. I strive to keep abreast of the latest developments of literary theory and the art and craft of writing.
Academic interests / Personal pursuits
Animal rights, art, and travel.
- One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
- Orientation and Other Stories, Daniel Orozco
- If This Is a Man, Primo Levi
- Music for Chameleons, Truman Capote
- The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell
- Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, John O'Donohue
- Modern Language Association
- EACWP, European Association of Creative Writing Programs
- El ataúd más hermoso del mundo, Novel, Editorial Renacimiento
- “El cuadro de Van Gogh,” Short story, printed by Fundación Max Aub
- “La buena mujer,” Short story, printed by NH Hotels. Translated into English and German
- “Menarquia,” Short story, printed by feminist foundation María de Maetzu