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February 2018
Tuesday, February 20 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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How to Write Your Memoir with Nikki Moustaki

Tuesdays, February 20 – March 27 (6 weeks) 7 – 9 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami Want to write your own story? Whether you’re new to writing or are experienced in creative nonfiction, you will hone your current skills, learn new techniques, and take your writing to the next level with workshop leader, Nikki Moustaki, author of The Bird Market of Paris: A Memoir, as well as 45 other works of book-length non-fiction. We will also discuss the memoir marketplace and publishing in this friendly,…

Tuesday, February 20 @ 7:00 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, United States

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¡Tómate una copa y escribe mejor!, con Legna Rodríguez Iglesias

Una tertulia literaria guiada. Embriaga a tu editor interno y exprésate con libertad. Así es como funciona: te damos un tema, escribes durante diez minutos. Si quieres, compartes con el resto de los participantes. Hacemos una pausa para socializar y para que tomes una copa (¡la primera la invita la casa!). Repetimos la dinámica. Tema: El monstruo de la escritura no tiene país ni lágrimas Legna Rodríguez Iglesias Nacida en Cuba, obtuvo el Premio Iberoamericano de Cuento Julio Cortázar 2011 y es ganadora del Premio Casa de las Américas 2016 de teatro.…

Wednesday, February 21 @ 7:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

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Taller de escritura creativa:
¿Cómo escribir lo que deseo contar? con Hernán Vera Álvarez.

SOLD OUT! Lamentablemente, ya no hay cupo para este taller. Para apuntarse a la lista de espera, por favor envíe sus datos de contacto a iflores2@mdc.edu. Le contactaremos si surge una oportunidad de que participe. Gracias por su interés. Taller de 8 semanas, los miércoles de 7:00 pm. a 9:00 pm. Un taller intensivo, de ocho clases, de escritura y lectura: consignas disparadoras, juegos para desarrollar tus ideas, análisis de textos fundamentales de la literatura universal. Hernán Vera Álvarez (Buenos Aires,…

Wednesday, February 21 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Writing the World with Thomas Swick

Wednesday, February 21 – March 21 (5 weeks) 7 – 9 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami During this course, students work on travel stories with the intent of eventually publishing them. Discover the seven key elements – a personal voice, a point of view, imagination, insight, humor, people, dialogue – and how best to incorporate them into your stories. Learn about the importance of finding a theme – something that ties your disparate and seemingly random experiences of a place together –…

Saturday, February 24 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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The Dream Workshop: Connecting to the Subconscious Mind through Dreaming and Writing with Dr. Phyllis Baker

Saturday, February 24 (1 day) 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami  Dreaming is a topic that has fascinated and illuminated humanity throughout history. Dreams as revealed by Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud, Eugene Aserinsky, Edgar Cayce, and a host of psychological, cultural and religious traditions, suggest that dreams can be a primary methodology for accessing higher levels of mind, consciousness and self-power. This workshop is designed to assist the participants in understanding the dreaming and writing processes,…

Saturday, February 24 @ 10:00 am
Instituto Cultural de México en Miami
1399 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33130 United States

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Clase magistral de narrativa con Guillermo Arriaga

Horario de 10:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. Costo $69 euros (Cupos limitados) Para inscripción entrar al link de Escuela Cursiva: https://www.escuelacursiva.com/producto/clase-magistral-de-narrativa-guillermo-arriaga ¿Quieres desarrollar toda tu creatividad de la mano de uno de los grandes maestros de la narrativa? Guillermo Arriaga presenta un taller donde hablará de lo que necesita una historia para atrapar al lector. Sumérgete en una experiencia única y en vivo que te permitirá conocer, de primera mano, cómo trabaja el autor y cuáles son los elementos que prioriza a la hora de crear. …

Tuesday, February 27 @ 7:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

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Taller de escritura creativa: ¿Cómo escribir lo que deseo contar? con Hernán Vera Álvarez.

SOLD OUT! Lamentablemente, ya no hay cupo para este taller. Para apuntarse a la lista de espera, por favor envíe sus datos de contacto a iflores2@mdc.edu. Le contactaremos si surge una oportunidad de que participe. Gracias por su interés.   Taller de 8 semanas, los martes de 7:00 pm. a 9:00 pm. desde el 27 de febrero. ¡A pedido del público, nuevo grupo! Un taller intensivo, de ocho clases, de escritura y lectura: consignas disparadoras,…

March 2018
Saturday, March 3 @ 9:00 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Funny the Funny with Annabelle Gurwitch

New York Times bestselling author, Thurber Prize Finalist, and humorist Annabelle Gurwitch leads a workshop on finding the funny in your story. Join Gurwitch for a three-hour session including: lecture, writing exercises, and creative brainstorming. She will share her secrets for mining comedy gold in your writing. In her work as a humorist, essayist, and performer, Gurwitch has honed a process of finding humor on the page and on the stage. You will learn a process you can apply each time you sit down to write.…

Saturday, March 3 @ 5:00 pm
Instituto Cultural de México en Miami
1399 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33130 United States

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Presentación del libro ilustrado La noche más noche, de Sergio Andricaín

Con ilustraciones de Quim Torres. Participan el autor y Ana Laura Delgado, editora de El Naranjo, en conversación con Ainara Mantellini. La noche más noche cuenta, desde la voz de un niño, la dura experiencia de migrar en una frágil embarcación. Un libro que habla de los riesgos y las marcas que dejan en el narrador la dura travesía por mar. Sergio Andricaín. Escritor, investigador literario y editor cubanoamericano. Ha participado en eventos realizados en más de quince países iberoamericanos y en Estados Unidos.…

Wednesday, March 7 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, United States

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FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (March 2018)

Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Instructor: Roxanna Elden Theme: Building Characters With Behavioral Science  Miami Book Fair presents First Draft, a series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories. You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Swing by a First Draft event for a drink (the first one’s on the house) and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!…

Thursday, March 15 @ 7:00 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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An Evening with Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Mexican-American Poet Laureate in the USA, is sharing secrets: how to turn your wonder at the world around you into weird, wild, incandescent poetry. Can you walk and talk at the same time? How about Jabberwalk? Can you write and draw and walk and journal all at the same time? If not, you’re in luck: exuberant, blue-cheesy cilantro man Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, is here to teach you everything he knows about being a real-life,…

Friday, March 16 @ 6:30 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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An Evening with Junot Diaz

Join us for an Evening with Junot Diaz, where he will speak on the genesis of his first picture book, Islandborn, a beautifully illustrated and moving meditation on the immigrant experience as a young child. From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination. “Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places.” So when Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from,…

Friday, March 23 @ 7:30 pm
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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El escritor y periodista mexicano Jorge Ramos presenta Stranger: El desafío de un inmigrante latino en la era de Trump.

Se requiere la compra de un libro en una tienda Books & Books o booksandbooks.com para obtener dos boletos de entrada. “Hay veces en que me siento como un extraño en el país donde he pasado más de la mitad de mi vida. No es por falta de oportunidades, ni una queja. Es, más bien, una especie de desilusión. Jamás me imaginé que después de 35 años en Estados Unidos iba a seguir siendo un stranger para muchos. Pero eso soy.” Jorge Ramos,…

April 2018
Tuesday, April 10 @ 6:30 pm
Imago Art in Action
165 Majorca Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

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Taller “Miniaturas literarias”, creación de aforismos y microrrelatos, dictado por Luis Yslas Prado

Del 10 al 13 de abril, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Este taller inicia al participante en la lectura y producción de aforismos y microrrelatos: géneros caracterizados por su brevedad, síntesis, efectividad y creatividad expresivas. El taller busca estimular el arte de la escritura breve mediante el cultivo de estas dos formas de bonsáis literarios. Luis Yslas Prado. Licenciado en Letras por la UCAB (1995). Editor, profesor de literatura, promotor cultural y coordinador de equipos de lectura.…

Wednesday, April 11 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, United States

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FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (April 2018)

Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Instructor: Guillermo Cancio-Bello National Poetry Month Edition Miami Book Fair presents First Draft, a series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories. You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Swing by a First Draft event for a drink (the first one’s on the house) and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!…

Friday, April 13 @ 8:30 pm
Artefactus Cultural Project
12302 SW 133 CT, Miami, FL 33186 United States

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Autores: un encuentro con el autor y su obra, Nelson Simón.

Un encuentro con el poeta y dramaturgo Nelson Simón. En la velada, conducida por el dramaturgo Jorge Carrigan, se leerán poemas y fragmentos de piezas teatrales del escritor.    Nelson Simón nació en Pinar del Río, Cuba, en 1965. Cuenta con una sólida obra dedicada a la poesía y a la escritura para niños, por la  que ha obtenido numerosos premios y distinciones dentro y fuera de su país, tales como el Premio de Poesía Julián del Casal y el Premio de la Crítica Literaria en el 2010. …

May 2018
Saturday, May 5 @ 6:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Caribbean Marketplace
260 N.E. 59 Terrace, Miami, United States

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2018 Little Haiti Book Festival

Miami Book Fair is partnering with Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, Inc., to present the Little Haiti Book Festival on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2018. This book festival, which features two days of vibrant cultural exposure to writers, booksellers, performers, and more, is part of Miami Book Fair’s ReadCaribbean programming. Simultaneous interpretation in English when appropriate. This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex,…

Sunday, May 6 @ 11:00 am
Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Caribbean Marketplace
260 N.E. 59 Terrace, Miami, United States

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2018 Little Haiti Book Festival

Miami Book Fair is partnering with Sosyete Koukouy of Miami, Inc., to present the Little Haiti Book Festival on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2018. This book festival, which features two days of vibrant cultural exposure to writers, booksellers, performers, and more, is part of Miami Book Fair’s ReadCaribbean programming. Simultaneous interpretation in English when appropriate. This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex,…

All day event.
Wednesday, May 9 @ 12:00 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Manuscript Consultations with Liz Van Hoose

Various times, as appointed (Wed., May 9 – Fri., May 11) | Consultations are limited to 30 people. Genre preferences: Adult trade general fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. Please no thrillers/YA/sci-fi/erotica/romance. Manuscripts must be a max of 10 double-spaced pages, formatted as follows: Must include a single-spaced, one-page synopsis of the overall manuscript. 12-point font, Times New Roman, with 1-inch margins. Double-spaced, with page numbers and the author’s name and email in the header of each page. Files must be in .doc,…

Wednesday, May 9 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Fiction and Architecture with Min Jin Lee

3-Day Workshop Wednesday – Friday, May 9 – 11 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. How do you furnish a room, build a house, populate a village, design a city, or make a nation? Let’s start with clumsy sketches and bold, intimidating plans. In this workshop, we will draft blueprints of our fictional worlds, giving ourselves plenty of room to err. As we revise our plans and dream up our foundations, we will write characters and scenes.…

Wednesday, May 9 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Making Fiction True: Adding Texture and Meaning with Lesley Nneka Arimah

3-Day Workshop Wednesday – Friday, May 9 – 11 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. In this workshop, we will learn how to add dimension to stories so that they become multifaceted. We will create layers within the narrative so that our characters move through authentic worlds, whether those worlds are realistic or fantastic. Every story has a central question, but around this central question is an entire narrative ecosystem. This workshop will consider how to craft this narrative ecosystem with authenticity and complexity.…

Wednesday, May 9 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Memoir Workshop: From Brainstorming to Final Edits with Ada Calhoun

4-Day Workshop Wednesday – Saturday, May 9 – 12 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. In this four-day workshop, author Ada Calhoun will lead discussions on each stage of the memoir process: writing, research, rewriting, and submitting work for publication. Class members will read and discuss one another’s drafts, as well as inspiring examples of the form. The focus of this workshop will be on finding your own unique way to interweave the personal and the universal.…

Wednesday, May 9 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Character Development Workshop: Get to Know Your People with Sara Benincasa

4-Day Workshop Wednesday – Saturday, May 9 – 12 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Blending in-class readings and lots of writing exercises, we’ll use the fiction workshop as a space to really get to know your characters. Come to class with no idea who you’ll create, or arrive with someone half-formed in your mind. We’ll find out what your characters want, what they need, how they move, whom they love. By the end of the workshop you may know your characters better than you know your best friend or yourself.…

Wednesday, May 9 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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What the Poem Wants with Cornelius Eady

4-Day Workshop Wednesday – Saturday, May 9 – 12 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. What does the poem want? This is a question that we will ask and explore together—through exercises, examples and informed talk we will sort those drafts out. Eady reads a lot—some of the manuscripts he has read for contests have turned into National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners. He will bring that level of attention to your voice. Not to win prizes,…

Wednesday, May 9 @ 2:30 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Craft Talk Series: Lesley Nneka Arimah & Min Jin Lee

Continue your immersive experience by hearing nationally renowned authors explore various elements of the craft of creative writing. World-Building: A Craft Talk by Lesley Nneka Arimah The best short stories render worlds that read as though they existed before the story started and continue after the story ends. How does one create the impression of a continuous world? This happens with the judicious use of details to create texture and meaning. In this craft talk, we’ll discuss how to build the world where your story is set while simultaneously advancing the narrative arc and building character.…

Wednesday, May 9 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Publishing Seminar: Putting Your Best Book Forward with Liz Van Hoose 

1-Day Publishing Seminar Wednesday, May 9 | 7 – 9 p.m. Got a novel? A memoir? A great idea for a narrative nonfiction work on the secret history of butterflies? This seminar will cover the fundamentals of getting your manuscript published to its fullest potential. Pairing participant feedback with guidance from a book industry perspective, we’ll explore the publishing path from agent pitch to book launch. Topics Include: How do I pitch my book in 50 words or less?…

Thursday, May 10 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Mastering Narrative Non-Fiction with Samuel G. Freedman

2-Day Workshop Thursday – Friday, May 10 – 11 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. In this workshop, participants will learn the principles of reporting and writing long-form narrative non-fiction, whether for magazine articles or books. They will also get detailed instruction in how to develop a book proposal, which is essential for an aspiring author to get a literary agent. And there will be discussion of the current state of the publishing industry. Samuel G.

Thursday, May 10 @ 2:30 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Craft Talk Series: Samuel G. Freedman & Ada Calhoun

Continue your immersive experience by hearing nationally renowned authors explore various elements of the craft of creative writing. Reporting and Writing Family History: A Craft Talk by Samuel G. Freedman Craft Talk: How do we report, research, and write about the people closest to us — our family members. Drawing on his book about his mother’s life as a young woman, “Who She Was,” Samuel Freedman of Columbia Journalism School will teach and discuss some of the best practices for doing this biographically and emotionally intensive work.…

Thursday, May 10 @ 6:30 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Cómo contar para que la historia funcione. Un taller intensivo con Claudia Piñeiro

10, 11 y 12 de mayo (Curso de tres clases) Jueves 10 y viernes 11:  6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Sábado 12: De 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Estrategias del oficio de guionista y otras disciplinas al servicio de la literatura. ¿Dónde empezar? ¿Cómo crear la curva dramática de un personaje? ¿Qué estructura sostiene mejor la historia? Abismo, climax punto de giro y otras herramientas al servicio de lo literario. ​ Claudia Piñeiro es escritora, dramaturga y guionista.…

Thursday, May 10 @ 8:00 pm
Books & Books – Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables , United States

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A Night with the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35

The National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 program honors young fiction writers at the beginning of their careers. Every year, five National Book Award Finalists select one promising writer each to recognize at the beginning of National Book Awards week in November; each Honoree is under 35 and has published one novel or short story collection. Previous honorees include Valeria Luiselli, Téa Obreht, ZZ Packer, Karen Russell, Merritt Tierce, Claire Vaye Watkins, and Phil Klay. This year, the 5 Under 35 program finalists are making their way to Miami for an evening of readings with LESLEY NNEKA ARIMAH,…

Friday, May 11 @ 2:30 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Craft Talk Series: Sara Benincasa and Cornelius Eady

Continue your immersive experience by hearing nationally renowned authors explore various elements of the craft of creative writing. When You’re Stuck: How to Move Again: A Craft Talk by Sara Benincasa As writers, we all know the feeling of being stuck on a project. With warmth and humor, this talk will cover ways to jog the brain, unblock oneself, and feel relief in place of shame and worry while writing. Try out different techniques in advance to have a toolkit of options available to you the next time writer’s block strikes.…

Saturday, May 12 @ 5:00 pm
Books & Books – Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables , United States

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La escritora argentina Claudia Piñeiro presenta su nueva novela Las maldiciones

Un joven ingresa al mundo de la política por razones equivocadas y debe afrontar las dramáticas consecuencias. «Alguien puede llegar a la política por muchos motivos. Unos más legítimos, otros menos. También por error, por desidia. O por no saber decir que no.» Claudia Piñeiro ha escrito una novela certera, conmovedora y actual, que pone el foco en las perversiones de los gobernantes, pero que también les hace lugar a las historias de lealtad y amor más verdaderas. Magia, doble juego o crimen. …

Wednesday, May 16 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, United States

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FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (May 2018)

Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Instructor: Fabienne Josaphat Theme: Missed Opportunities, Second Chances Miami Book Fair presents First Draft, a series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories. You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Swing by a First Draft event for a drink (the first one’s on the house) and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!…

July 2018
Wednesday, July 11 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, United States

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FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (July 2018)

Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Instructor: Anjanette Delgado Theme: Writing the Breakup Miami Book Fair presents First Draft, a series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories. You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Swing by a First Draft event for a drink (the first one’s on the house) and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!…

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