Two intangibles in literary creativity: the gaze and style

Friday, September 30th
From 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Exhibition halls and workshops

Workshop given by the writer Carlos Bassas

Some of the elements involved in the process of literary creation fall into the category of the measurable. However, others -those that, in short, make a literary text become a singular work- do not obey any norm, nor do they adjust to a (pre)determined form. It is a matter of 'look' and 'style', although both of them do not always go hand in hand.

Art, and therefore, Literature, "is a reality seen through a temperament" (Zola), and expressed in a singular way through it. It does not matter what genre one undertakes as a writer: the look and the style makes the difference between some texts and others, and, as narrators, we can find some of the most important keys to learn, either to develop or to distinguish both concepts in Poetry.

Throughout this short workshop we will use as an example one of the most apparently far from lyrical genres, the crime novel, and we will see how the use of a poetic look and style when facing this kind of stories can turn this genre into high quality Literature.

This journey will begin with a visit to the Intermedia exhibition, the real trigger for the narrative journey that the student will undertake.


Bassas (Barcelona, 1974) works as a writer, a job he combines with teaching and screenwriting.

In 2007 he won the Placido Award for Best Noir Screenplay at the IX International Film Noir Festival of Manresa.

In 2012 he published his first novel, Aki y el misterio de los cerezos (Toro Mítico), and won the Premio Internacional de Novela Negra Ciudad de Carmona with El honor es una mortaja ( Tapa Negra).

In 2015 came Siempre pagan los mismos (Alrevés), winner of the Tormo Negro, and a new installment of the Japanese saga Aki, El Misterio de la Gruta Amarilla (Quaterni). In 2016 he published the haiku book Mujyokan (Quaterni), the short novel La puerta Sakurada ( Ronin Literario) and Mal trago ( Alrevés), the last novel, so far, of the saga starring inspector Herodoto Corominas.

A year later came El samurái errante ( Quaterni) and Justo (Alrevés), winner of the prestigious Hammett Prize (2019) awarded by the Semana Negra de Gijón. In 2019 it was the turn of Soledad ( Alrevés). In 2021 he published Cielos de plomo ( Harper Collins), set in mid-19th century Barcelona, and in May 2022 his last novel, Sinántropos ( Alrevés), was published.

In his facet as a screenwriter, his work stands out in the script of the film Un día más con vida ( 2018, Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nemow), a production that has won numerous national and international awards, including a Goya and the Award for Best Animated Film at the XXXI edition of the European Film Awards.




September 30, 2022



Museum of the University of Navarra:Campus Creativo