From Memories to Fiction

On Writing Nicaragua Way 4

Welcome to the series of short (around two minutes each) videos about writing Nicaragua Way. In this five part video series Nina Serrano reflects on the sources of inspiration that brought her to write a Latino historical novel. In this fourth video of a five part series, she weaves the threads of memory, her own and those of her protagonist Lorna Almendros, into her novel Nicaragua Way. Lorna Almendros lives among the artists and revolutionaries in San Francisco and Managua engaged in supporting the triumphant Sandinista revolution of the 1970’s and `80’s. Nicaragua Way is the story of a mature woman, a single parent traveling through romance, empty nest blues, menopause, aging, activism and raising a new generation, facing the risks of life and love in her own way.

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

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 or contact her publisher at 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, or visit for more details.

MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577;

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