Creative Writing With Borges

I would take creative writing with the legendary Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. He is easily one of the most influential writers of the last century, and his work drastically expanded the possibilities of what fiction could do. Most of his stories are under twelve pages and it is rare for one to surpass twenty, yet they have such brevity that they can focus on all possibly reality and make you wonder why anyone would consider Atlas Shrugged or Anna Karenina good writing. There are some other authors whose work I prefer, but I think Borges would provide more insight into creative writing than anyone else I can think of. He is best remembered for the Borgesian Conundrum which asks: “Do writers write their stories, or do the stories write them?”


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