What’s so magical about magical realism?

Dear Reader,

I am so excited about the summer. With all my academic work done until August, I have some time to work on some projects I’ve been neglecting for awhile.

Of course that means my writing projects. Oh, my writing projects. How I have missed them!

So, here’s my latest project that I hope that you’ll participate in.

Don’t you just love magical realism?

I am hosting a free, online generative workshop called (Re)Discovering the Magic in the Realism. The theme, in case you couldn’t guess, is magical realism.


I didn’t know that how my father told me stories and talked about Cuba was magical realism. Also, I didn’t know until I had to teach magical realism to my students that the phrase was coined by Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier in 1949.

That piece of information made me feel like a million bucks! (In case you didn’t know, I’m half Cuban from my dad)..

Magical realism is:

  • enriches the idea of the “real” by incorporating all dimensions of the imagination, including magic, myth, and religion.​
  • magic realism features ordinary characters who undergo supernatural experiences. This is an unconventional way of telling stories. ​

And, you’ve already experienced magical realism in movies. Yes, remember this scene from American Beauty?

Or… remember this?

Magical realism is exactly that, a magic that is embedded into the reality of the world. It’s a different way of looking at things and, I find, that it’s ingrained in hope.

Want to take the workshop? Sign up by clicking the button below.

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