Salim Nayar is a professional filmmaker who recently moved to Mérida. He has been sharing his expertise via workshops around the world, and the Mérida English Library (MEL) is please to partner with him to allow him to share his knowledge with local writers. Titled “Fiction Writing Workshop”, this is a fairly structured writing seminar that could run anywhere between six and 24 weeks. It will begin with general conversations about writing but eventually move into workshops geared mostly toward writing that is intended to be performed. The writers will meet once a week, for 2.5 – 3 hours each time.  The culmination, should the workshop run for the complete sequence, could be a performance at MEL.

The first module, titled PREMISE WORK, will run for six weeks beginning on Thursday August 4. The sessions will be held in the air-conditioned classroom at the library beginning at 10:00 AM. The cost for the first module will be $500 for library members and $600 for non-members. The group will be limited to twelve people.

The second and third modules will be nine weeks each. Participants will develop their stage or screen play in module two, called “TABLE READING”. Module three, “PRODUCTION/PERFORMANCE”, will see the refinement of work with an eye towards a possible performance at MEL in late March 2023. The exact dates and costs for these modules is yet to be determined, but expect Module Two to be finished in mid-November, while Module Three will run from early January through early March.

There will be a 45-minute introductory session before the regular workshops begin. This session will be held at MEL on Thursday, July 28 beginning at 10:00 AM.  You'll get a chance to meet Salim, hear about him and his philosophy, and ask any questions you might have.

You can see a sample of Salim's work here, or contact him by email with your questions.  His film, “Manual de Principantes Para Ser Presidente”, is available on DVD for checkout at the library.

You can register and pay for Module One using PayPal, or in person at the library during operating hours.