Welcome to Literary Guanajuato!
A blog for readers or writers in Guanajuato and for those who would simply like to know more about this historic central Mexican city and its surroundings.
Posts will feature places to read or write; customs, color, and locations for scenes; visits with local readers and writers of all ages; literary events and publishers; Guanajuato-inspired writing; and answers to frequently asked questions.
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Memo says he has a surprise for his Guanajuato barrio neighbor, Diana, a former philosophy professor. Their conversation becomes a contest of wits.read more
Comment on my description of Sofia and Hope. Suggest crazy, playful, serious, whatever-you-like, alternative titles.read more
When Mexico plays in the World Cup, Guanajuato’s streets are empty.read more
Want to get to know your ideal reader? Write yourself a fictional fan letter. So recommends Gabriela Pereira of diyMFA. I attended Gabriela’s “Rock Your Revisions” session at the Writer’s Digest Conference and afterward signed up for her Platform Master Class webinar....read more
That depended on the lines. When I signed up for the slam I had learned from the conference website that the slam was 60 minutes long and that each pitch and response lasted three minutes. Wow, I thought, I can see lots of agents that way. Not quite. When I inquired...read more
First things first. A perfect pitch. 100 words that capture the spirit of 100,000. That takes time. I finished my novel in April and began drafting, polishing, discarding, redrafting, and repolishing my pitches, agent query letters, novel synopses, and sample pages in...read more
A musician friend with late-night hours once lamented the early morning call of the gas delivery man in his neighborhood. I understood how my friend felt, but I thought the gas man might have a lament of his own. The Gas Man Blues (The Gas Man Cometh) By Dianne...read more
Emma Godoy, born in Guanajuato (1918) and died in Mexico City (1989), obtained a doctorate in letters from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and later studied philosophy at the Sorbonne. A professor and a writer, Godoy’s works include biographies, short...read more
Let’s start with a pleasant sound from daily life: patting gorditas into shape. When baking on a comal, they smell good, too. And stuffed with a filling of your choice, they taste great.read more
Why not riff off one of the legends set in Guanajuato’s callejones? The legend of the Callejón del Beso tells of the tragic love between a poor miner and the daughter of a man who demands that she marry money. One night the miner climbs to a balcony opposite the house...read more