Creating Intimacy with and Through Your Fiction, featuring Carolina De Robertis

Nov 18, 2019

Carolina De Robertis

This week’s guest, Carolina De Robertis, writes fiction with such intimacy that Grant and Brooke couldn’t wait to hear her take on story, why she chooses fiction over nonfiction when writing stories based on true experiences, and what advice she gives her own students when it comes to what they should write. Carolina is warm, encouraging, and exudes intimacy—offering up the notion that all of the books that have been published are our inheritance, and what we are writing, by extension, is our unique gift to the world.


A writer of Uruguayan origins, Carolina De Robertis is the author of the novels Cantoras, a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice; The Gods of Tango, winner of a Stonewall Book Award; Perla; and the international bestseller The Invisible Mountain, which received Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages and she’s a National Endowment for the Arts fellow. She is also an award-winning translator of Latin American and Spanish literature, and editor of the anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times. Carolina teaches at San Francisco State University, and lives in Oakland, California, with her wife and two children.

The Takeaway:

Try exploring the real-life conflicts you’ve experienced in life. Whether it’s something large, like being disowned by your parents, as Carolina experienced, or something more ordinary, like an argument with your brother or sister, think of a conflict that festered for a while, that really bothered you. Too often we avoid digging deep into our conflicts and seeing them from different perspectives, and writing is an invitation to explore conflicts to better understand them. So write out the conflict based on real characters who were with you. Don’t be shy about adhering to their reality, but also don’t be shy about fictionalizing them.

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