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Read Like a Writer: Translated Treasures 

The best writers read widely, and some of the of the work out there is written in a language other than English. 
The Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky describes the memory of abuse so vividly the reader feels physical pain. The Argentinian author Samantha Schweblin writes about the supernatural so casually the reader does not hesitate to believe her. Egypt’s Yusuf Idris, and Malaysia’s Ho Sok Fong weave religion, politics, poverty, and culture poignantly in stories that transcend time, and language. 
In this class we will explore translated treasures by reading two to three short stories (provided in advance of each class), and applying the techniques, imagery, and ideas used by these foreign authors into our own short stories.
Instructor: Fatima Matar sought asylum in the United States after facing prosecution for her political and social activism in her home country Kuwait. She lives in the Cleveland area with her daughter Jori and their cat Ty. Her writing has appeared in The Wry Ronin, Acumen, The Journal, Angelic Dynamo, Further Monthly, Fleeting Magazine, Bad Language, Staples Magazine, Word, Jaffat El Aqlam, Oyster River Pages, Gordon Square Review, and OffSpring. She is currently querying literary agents for her book Detained, a memoir that relays what happened to her in Kuwait and inside the Dilley Detention Center in Texas, USA.
Details: Read Like a Writer: Translated Treasures takes place Thursdays June 10, 17 & 24 from 7:00-9:00pm remotely through Zoom. 
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