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#Booklaunch OPEN LITERARY WORKSHOP by Estrella Cardona Gamio (@EstrellaCG) Common-sense advice for writers #amwriting

Hi all:

I wanted to bring you the launch of one of the books I have translated in recent times. This time I bring you a book about writing, by a very talented and experienced Spanish writer who, after years of publishing books and teaching others how to write, decided to answer some of the questions she’d often been asked by publishing a short book. This is a book full of common-sense, that is a breath of fresh air in these times when everybody is a guru and we are offered fool-proof formulas to write best-sellers at the drop of a hat.

OPEN LITERARY WORKSHOP by Estrella Cardona Gamio

OPEN LITERARY WORKSHOP was born out of the requests of the people who visited our web page; the numerous letters we received asking us questions about how to write in a literary manner gave me a chance to reply, not to each individual person, but to all at the same time, because many of the questions were repeated.
Now, due to the great success of the online and paper Spanish versions of this book, we’ve decided to translate it into English so it can help anybody considering a career in literature in English too.
By chance, if there is such a thing as chance, we were finalizing the details of OPEN LITERARY WORKSHOP in e-book format, when a reader sent me a brief note. I think his words are fair and appropriate, and rather than add anything else, I’ll let them speak for themselves.

“Greetings. My name is Manuel Pozo Gómez. I started writing years ago and while trying to find information on the internet I came across a writing course you had published. Thanks to your guidance I got off to a great start in the world of literature and I wanted to thank you for it. Following your course and its advice, I’ve managed to win some awards. Although it is a simple and straight-forward course, you should not skip a single word. I loved it. Thanks for everything.”



What do I have to do to become a writer? What steps must I follow?

Which authors should I read?

Should a novelist live dangerously?

What should I write about and how?

How do I know if what I write is any good and if it is worth the effort?

How not to write too much; how to synthesize without being too brief?

How do we spur our imagination?

Which literary bad habits should we avoid?

What should my first and last lines be like?

And what happens when the author is so exhausted that s/he has no ideas?

What is, exactly, a short-story?

Are there literatures distinctly male and female?

How to write a children’s story

Do writers who start late, in other words, who are no longer young, have any chance at success?



I hope you get a chance to check it out and help me spread the word. I enjoyed it enormously and it is particularly useful for people who are keen on writing but have not dared to try yet or people who have been writing for a while but need a bit of inspiration.

Thanks to Estrella and her sister Concha for the opportunity, thanks to all of you for reading, and remember to like, share, comment, and CLICK!

By OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and after living in the UK for many years have now returned home. I teach English, volunteer at Sants 3 Ràdio, a local radio station, I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links.
My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

10 replies on “#Booklaunch OPEN LITERARY WORKSHOP by Estrella Cardona Gamio (@EstrellaCG) Common-sense advice for writers #amwriting”

I have shared this on Google +, Twitter, and Linkedin, Olga. Looks like it covers a lot of useful subjects in writing.
(Let me know if you ever want me to do a ‘featured blogger’ blog post about your own work. You could include links to your books, as well as your translation services. Email me at )
Best wishes, Pete.

Thanks, Pete. Estrella has seen it all and her words are very wise. You are very kind. Once I’ve sorted thing out (well, a bit at least. I’ve just accepted an offer on the house, so I’ll be busy) I’ll try and focus a bit more on the writing and the translation (thankfully, word of mouth seems to keep things going). I’ll get in touch for sure. And if you have any specific ideas of what might work better for your blog, I’m happy to do that too. Take care and thanks for your support.

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