If you spend very much time with Ariel or with me you'll find out that we love to read and write. Ever since I graduated from college I've had a lot of "I wish I had studied English" thoughts because there were so many literature and writing classes that I would have loved to take. No, I don't regret what I studied, it was perfect for me at the time but, ever since then I've been a sponge for literature and writing. Ariel and I both hope for formal opportunities to study in order to improve our skills and open up opportunities to teach and share our love for words and ideas.
So, when we got the news about the Talleres Literarios en Panama, we were ecstatic. We had heard about these Literary Workshops over a year ago and were waiting anxiously for more information, when a couple weeks ago we finally got news that they were accepting applications for the Talleres Literarios en Panamá. These are going to be a year of weekend classes taught by Panamanian, Latin American, and Spanish professors and writers.They will do a survey of Spanish-American literature and provide writing workshop in poetry and prose. It's fantastic.
It's being sponsored by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development. This sponsorship makes the program very formal. Three Panamanian universities and the National Institute for Culture are also involved, all these institutions make it a potentially fantastic place to grow and learn about other opportunities. One of the goals of the Spanish partners in the program is to present the participants with opportunities to study in Spain and hopefully remain involved in promoting literature and writing after the program is over (that is something that interests Ariel and me very, very much).
Something that makes it even better is that the coursework follows the literature content that I'm supposed to be teaching to my 9th graders. This makes it a perfect way for me to be better prepared as I teach my students. I'm really excited about starting this tomorrow afternoon!