Bilingual Writing Workshop

Bilingual Writing Workshop

Literature and Writing Workshop

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders

The workshop meets

Workshop will resume in the fall


Note: The workshop is suspeneded on holidays

About the workshop:

Every Tuesday Mano a Mano hosts a literary and creative writing workshop. Workers, students and artists come together, sloughing off the prodigious stresses of their city lives through writing. The expectation and camaraderie of the assembled group is thrilling.  Though most of “Los Lunes” (“The Monday People,” as they call themselves on their blog Los Lunes) have some level of bilingual skill, they choose to write in Spanish (spiced with a good dose of English and Spanglish). Mano a Mano is a safe space for them to meet and express sentiments that may have deep roots from Mexico, Argentina, Guatemala, Peru, and New York, and they are heart-stoppingly borderless in their humanity.

Please join us for writing and sharing work in a supportive and respectful environment. Open to anyone over 18 who wishes to write in Spanish or English. Writers of all genres and levels of experience are welcome. No prior writing experience is necessary. Call 212-587-3070 or email Turn on JavaScript! for more information.

How the Workshop Operates:

During the first hour a member of the workshop presents a well known writer as well as their work.

During the second hour we write and share our work. We only comment what we remember and what impacted us.

Once a month we invite emerging writers to present their work. Past guests have included Mairym Cruz Bernal, Mirta Medina, Salvador Olguín and Araceli Tinajero.

We also hold workshops on literary development. 

About the Antologies:

Esperanzas Desesperadas: Writing from Mano a Mano (NY Writer's Coalition Press, 2013)

Praises for the book:

"Viva las voces! So fresh, with corazones abiertos! This inspiring collection of poems, stories, and memories by 16 writing workshop members glimmers with dreams, yearnings, the kiss of guavas, sting of limones. Read, as they write, beyond fronteras!" - C.M. Mayo, author of Miraculous Air & Sky Over El Nido

Voces con Eco: Writing from Mano a Mano (NY Writer's Coalition Press, 2010)

Praises for the book:

"The voices in Voces con Eco are small--and very large--miracles. They sing from the heart, and they write from the soul, and they engage the mind. It's important, and blessed, work. I salute them." -Luis Alberto Urrea, 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the 2004 Lannan Literary Award for The Devil's Highway

"Reading Voces con Eco is like watching buds come out in spring. Lovely, heartening and more than a little awe-inspiring." -David Lida, author of First Stop in the New World & Travel Advisory

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