Manuel Ferrero gives a micro-story workshop at the SOLTRA Foundation

23 Nov. 2018 | SOLTRA

Between laughter and stories, the storyteller encouraged users to participate in the LirerariaMENTE contest

Manuel Ferrero gives a micro-story workshop at the SOLTRA Foundation

23 Nov. 2018 | SOLTRA

This week, users of the SOLTRA Foundation enjoyed a micro-story workshop by the writer and storyteller Manuel Ferrero. Users listened carefully to Manuel’s stories and had the opportunity to write their own stories.

 

Users of the SOLTRA Foundation, aimed at people with mental health problems, enjoyed the visit of the writer Manuel Ferrero this week. Between laughter and stories, the Leonese storyteller encouraged users to participate in the LirerariaMENTE contest organized by Mental CreACTION and recalled that “any anecdote or idea can lead to a good story.”

 

Manuel began with a story about torreznos that captured the attention of all users; it also provoked laughter from some. Story after story, Manuel went about with all the attendees between words, gestures and laughter. Then it was time to start writing. “Now I play music to inspire you,” he said.

 

The first exercise was fun to say the least. Users had to write a micro-story that started with ‘what would happen if …’. “It has to be something very strange, that it never happens,” Manuel told them, “for example, what would happen if the noodles sang opera. Then you imagine what would happen, and you write it. ” In the second exercise, attendees had to tell their first time about something; for example, a user wrote, their first time in a Communion. Afterwards, those who wanted to had the opportunity to read their stories, memories or ideas aloud.

 

The result of the workshop could not be better; users enjoyed the writing and stories of an author of the stature of Manuel Ferrero. An author, also, very committed to disability. Manuel is the writer of “The Kingdom of a Thousand Steps”, a book illustrated by Laura Bécares and edited by the ASPACE Castilla y León Federation, whose objective is to raise awareness about the reality of people with cerebral palsy.

 

Thank you very much, Manuel, for your visit. We hope you come back soon!

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