On Writing Nicaragua Way 1

Sandinista Memories by Nina Serrano

Welcome to my series of short (around two minutes each) videos about writing Nicaragua Way. In this five part video series I reflect on the sources of inspiration that brought me to write a Latino historical novel. In this first video, I recall how my own childhood memories of my father talking about Bolivar, Latin America’s great liberator, were transformed into the novel’s protagonist’s memories of her grandfather talking about Sandino, Nicaragua’s popular national hero.


New episodes will be posted each week. So come back to view more. The subjects of the video series are:

  • On Writing Nicaragua Way 1: Sandinista Memories (1:48 min)
  • On Writing Nicaragua Way 2: A Nation of Immigrants (2:23 min)
  • On Writing Nicaragua Way 3: Globalized Connections (2:24 min)
  • On Writing Nicaragua Way 4: From Memories to Fiction (2:40 min)
  • On Writing Nicaragua Way 5: Another World Is Possible (1:52 min)

These videos offer behind-the-scenes glimpses of the characters, the times and the author. I hope both readers and writers will enjoy this exploration of my creative process. May it help strengthen their own.

About Nina Serrano: Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 82 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to ninaserrano.com or contact her publisher at estuarypress.com. For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of various social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, paulrichards@estuarypress.com or visit estuarypress.com for more details.

MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577; paulrichards@estuarypress.com


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