I am applying for a New Directions Initiative grant in order to pursue the project of writing a novel set in Buenos Aires at the turn of the twentieth century. Although creative writing has been one of my main professional interests, I have been unable to pursue it due to the intense research agenda I've conducted for the past six years. This funding opportunity will allow me to take my expertise in literary studies into a new direction, fiction writing. I intend to use granted funds to conduct historical research at the National Library in Buenos Aires, attend creative writing workshops, and begin working on the novel during the summer of 2013. I envision this project as having a number of outcomes. First, it will help me lay the groundwork for a novel on early feminist anarchists in Argentina, a topic with which I am familiar thanks to research I did for my non-fiction book, Gendered Spaces in Argentine Women's Literature (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012). Second, by attending creative writing workshops and working closely with Argentinean writer Samanta Schweblin, I expect to receive new disciplinary training on fiction writing. I am scheduled to teach the course Creative Writing in Spanish in the Fall of 2013, so this training will be an indispensable tool to aid my teaching of new methodologies for my students.