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  IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 15, 2011
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Spanish author offers tips on autobiographical writing

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.– Silvia Nanclares, a young Spanish writer with a strong suit for autobiography, will discuss her life in post-Franco Spain Sept. 26-27 at Slippery Rock University. She will deliver a lecture and lead a workshop with creative writing students.
      “It will give students a perspective from abroad from someone closer to their age, someone from the Internet age,” said Thomas Daddesio, associate professor of modern languages and cultures. “In this day and age, there are a lot of ways to communicate and get your work out. She has a blog.”
     Nanclares will present a free lecture as part of SRU’s Hispanic/Latino Cultures Series at 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at SRU’s Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center. She will lecture about autobiographical writing, calling her lecture, “I Write Therefore I am.” The public is invited.
     Sept. 27, she will lead a workshop for SRU English majors.
     Daddesio said her writing is important because she represents post-Franco Spain. After the death of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, Spain began to introduce Democratic reform. Nanclares was born in 1975.
     “She is part of the generation that grew up after the dictator. She was a child when Spain was in transition from this really closed society – it was almost as bad as Eastern Europe – to a full-fledge democracy,” Daddesio said.
         Nanclares studied theatre and drama at RESAD, the oldest Spanish school of theatre. Two of her plays, “Dieta” and “Hermanitos” were published in 2001 and 2001. Her first collection of short stories, “El Sur: Instrucciones de Uso,” appeared in 2009. She has also written two books for children, La Siesta and Al Final.
     The Hispanic/Latino Cultures Series; the Office of Dean of the Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the department of modern languages and cultures and the department of English are sponsoring her visit.