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February 2017
Saturday, February 25 @ 2:00 pm
Varius Locations,
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Ekphrastic Poetry Walking Workshop with Laura McDermott

1 day: Saturday, February 25 / 2 - 5 p.m. “Painting is silent poetry. Poetry is eloquent painting.” - Simonides How does art influence a piece of writing? Similarly, how does art influence you as a writer writing that piece? This poetry workshop will examine how someone else’s art can influence one’s own writing based on your interpretation of the art. Every art form is a frontier of energy and discovery for the people who inhabit it within our poems. Through vivid…

Saturday, February 25 @ 6:00 pm
Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami,
Josaphat_fabienne

First Draft: Ébauches & Banbòch

“First Draft: Ébauches & Banbòch” is a series of writing workshops conducted in a fun (banbòch!), supportive and professional environment. It serves as a platform for writers with French/Creole Caribbean ties and various levels of writing experience as they learn/sharpen effective writing techniques to give voice to stories about the Caribbean-American experience. Fabienne Josaphat will lead our first workshop in English, French, and Haitian Creole. Theme: “Fille de Famille, Fille du Peuple: Class Stratification in the Caribbean” Fabienne was born…

Tuesday, February 28 @ 7:00 pm
Books & Books - Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables ,
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Alejandra Llamas presenta su más reciente libro Esencia de líder.

Esencia de líder trata sobre hombres y mujeres que tienen un fin común: perseguir la libertad. Juana de Arco, Mahatma Gandhi, Isabel I de Inglaterra, Martin Luther King, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Nelson Mandela, Eleanor Roosevelt, Simón Bolívar, Irena Sendler y John Lennon son ejemplos de personas que no se conformaron con lo que parecía que estaba escrito como su destino. Ellos se atrevieron a perseguir sus sueños, sus voces, y a luchar para encontrar su…

March 2017
Friday, March 3 @ 7:30 pm
Imago Art in Action, 165 Majorca Avenue, Coral Gables, FL, 33134,
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“Frente al mar”: Una celebración del Premio Paz de poesía

Una lectura poética que reúne a los ganadores del galardón del 2014 y del 2016 y a varios de los finalistas de la más reciente edición. Participan: Carlos Pintado, Legna Rodríguez Iglesias, Yosie Crespo y César Segovia Carlos Pintado: Poeta y escritor nacido en Pinar del Río, Cuba, radicado desde 1997 en Estados Unidos. Recibió el Premio Internacional de Poesía Sant Jordi en el 2006 en España por su libro Autorretrato en azul y el premio Paz de poesía 2014,…

Tuesday, March 7 @ 7:00 pm
Imago Art in Action, 165 Majorca Avenue, Coral Gables, FL, 33134,
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¡Tómate una copa y escribe mejor!, con Luis Yslas

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. Luis Yslas. Profesor, investigador y crítico literario venezolano. Licenciado en Letras por la Universidad Católica Andrés Bello y editor de la Cooperativa Editorial Lugar Común. Se…

All day event.
Imago Art in Action, 165 Majorca Avenue, Coral Gables, FL, 33134,
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Taller: Bibliotecas imaginarias, con Luis Yslas

8, 9 y 10 de marzo Luis Yslas. Profesor, investigador y crítico literario venezolano. Licenciado en Letras por la Universidad Católica Andrés Bello y editor de la Cooperativa Editorial Lugar Común. Se ha desempeñado como docente de literatura en varios colegios y universidades de Caracas. Sus artículos, reseñas y ensayos literarios han aparecido en El Salmón-Revista de Poesía, Papel Literario de El Nacional, País Portátil, Prodavinci, entre otras publicaciones impresas y digitales. Ha publicado el libro de aforismos A la…

Thursday, March 16 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami,
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FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (March 2017)

Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Theme: Time As A Character Instructor: Roxanna Elden 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…

Thursday, March 16 @ 7:00 pm
Altamira, 219 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 33134,
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Armando Caicedo presenta su nuevo libro Concierto para delinquir

La novela Concierto para delinquir transcurre en un puerto del Caribe al que van a parar un anarquista uruguayo, de profesión grabador, y un trotamundos español que tiene por oficio el de cuentero. Al llegar a ese lugar se encontrarán con la fauna intelectual local, dedicada al cultivo de la retórica, que se encuentra en guerra sin cuartel a un dogmático cura de ascendencia alemana. Armando Caicedo. Periodista y escritor colombiano, residente en el sur de la Florida, cuenta con…

Thursday, March 16 @ 7:00 pm
Centro Cultural Español, 1490 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL, 33132,
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Presentación de la escritora española Elvira Navarro como parte del ciclo Crear en femenino

“Crear en femenino” busca establecer un espacio para el diálogo y la reflexión sobre la feminidad explorando el trabajo de mujeres diferentes en manifestaciones artísticas diversas. Parte de dos preguntas básicas: ¿Existe la creación en femenino? ¿Cuáles son los ejes asociados a los discursos sobre y de las mujeres? Durante seis meses, el Centro Cultural Español en Miami tratará de indagar esta temática a través de exposiciones, conciertos, obras de teatro, talleres, conferencias y mesas de debate con creadoras de…

All day event.
Various Campuses, Miami Dade College, Miami,

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In Celebration of Women’s History Month, Poet Marci Callabretta Cancio-Bello, author of Hour of the Ox

Winner of the 2015 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry Hour of the Ox received the 2015 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, selected by Crystal Ann Williams, who called it “a timeless collection written by a poet of exceptional talent and grace, a voice as tough as it is tender.” Cancio-Bello examines the multiplicity of distance, wanderlust, and grief at the intersection between filial and cultural responsibility. Desires are sloughed off, replaced by new ones, re-cultivated as mythos. These poems offer…

All day event.
Varius Locations,

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Book Discussions: Various Miami Dade Public Library Branches

A minimum of 12 book discussions will take place at public libraries, independent bookstore, Books & Books and MDC campuses. Free books will be distributed to all participants. Educational and promotional materials provided by NEA will accompany the books to serve as springboards for discussion. Please visit www.mdpls.com for more information.

Monday, March 20 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami,
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Farm-to-Table Dinner: Feast your Eyes on Cambodia

Join Chef Allen at this special edition of his famed Farm-to-Table dinners. Listen to live music as you enjoy the flavors of Cambodia with fresh, organic produce brought directly from the Farmer's Market, right outside our doorstep, straight to your own table. Dinners are served Family-Style. Reservations Recommended, walk-ins welcome. For reservations call (786) 405 – 1745. Tickets are $25, with the option of a wine pairing for an additional $14.

April 2017
Saturday, April 1 @ 10:00 am
Miami Dade College's Koubek Center, 2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL, 33135,
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Taller Identidad y Pertenencia: un abuelo, un nieto y un libro de arte Con Carina Barón y Cristina Keller

Un taller que acerca a dos generaciones a través de la escritura y el arte visual. Abuelos y nietos de la misma familia crearán un libro de arte en donde la memoria, el relato y la imagen se producirán a cuatro manos… o más. Esta propuesta se inscribe dentro del Proyecto Identidad y Pertenencia, pues consideramos importante que los hijos y nietos de inmigrantes conozcan y valoren las tradiciones e historias familiares. Cristina Keller: Artista plástica, grabadora e ilustradora de libros…

Tuesday, April 4 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books - Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables ,
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Maritere Bellas presenta Arroz con pollo y apple pie

Arroz con Pollo y Apple Pie: Cómo Criar Niños Biculturales nos ofrece una guia sensata sobre cómo criar hijos billingues y biculturales en tiempos modernos.  El libro ofrece experiencias reales de la escritora y de otras familias que compartieron sus experiencias como individuos inmigrantes y como padres de hijos multiculturales. Entre los ejemplos ofrecidos se encuentra la historia inmigrante del reconocido presentador de noticias para Univisión, Jorge Ramos, la destacada cantante dominicana Milly Quezada y la conocida promotora cubana Rodri J.…

All day event.
Varius Locations,

tbr-book

Poetry Workshops with Peuo Tuy

Khmer-American author Peuo Tuy will facilitate community poetry workshops with a focus on trauma healing for both high school and college students. She will visit local high school classes, where each student in the workshop will receive a copy of her poetry book, Khmer Girl. She will also speak to several MDC classes about her book and writing process.

All day event.
O Cinema, 90 NW 29th St, Miami,
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Cambodia in Film: Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten

After a golden age of cinema in the 1960s, the Cambodian film industry suffered during the horrors of the Khmer Rouge, under which entertainment and arts were dismantled. In the 1980s and 1990s, the industry started making a gradual, slow comeback. Foreign films highlighting the country, such as The Killing Fields, Tomb Raider have helped boost these efforts. During the 60’s and early 70’s as the war in Vietnam threatened its borders, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock…

Thursday, April 13 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami,
first-draft

FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (April 2017)

Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. 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!

All day event.
O Cinema, 90 NW 29th St, Miami,
tbr-book

Cambodia in Film: The Missing Picture

After a golden age of cinema in the 1960s, the Cambodian film industry suffered during the horrors of the Khmer Rouge, under which entertainment and arts were dismantled. In the 1980s and 1990s, the industry started making a gradual, slow comeback. Foreign films highlighting the country, such as The Killing Fields, Tomb Raider have helped boost these efforts. The Missing Picture explores filmmaker Rithy Panh's quest to create the missing images during the period when the Khmer Rouge ruled over Cambodia between…

Wednesday, April 19 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books - Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables ,
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Keynote Address: In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Conversation with Vaddey Ratner

Vaddey Ratner is a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Cornell University, where she specialized in Southeast Asian history and literature. In addition to delving into her own personal story of survival from the Khmer Rouge, author Vaddey Ratner will address the various themes in her novel such as hope and resilience, beauty and truth, and the redeeming power of art and storytelling. She will take questions from the audience…

Thursday, April 20 @ 7:00 pm
Altamira, 219 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, 33134,
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El autor peruano Renato Cisneros presenta su nuevo libro La distancia que nos separa y conversa sobre su obra.

Un hijo busca a su padre. La necesidad es antigua pero se renueva generación a generación hasta que, por alguna circunstancia especial, alcanza un poder inusitado. El autor ha decidido explorar su genealogía para comprender y desmitificar la figura del Gaucho, el polémico ministro del Interior. El resultado es una investigación tanto documental como emocional que cobra la forma de una novela valiente y necesaria, escrita con el vigor de quien contrapone la pluma a la espada y la delicadeza de quien,…

Saturday, April 22 @ 10:00 am
TBA,

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Brunch literario de la Feria del Libro de Miami: un encuentro entre escritores

Una iniciativa novedosa que convoca a escritores locales y a otros procedentes de distintos sitios que visitan nuestra ciudad para que expongan sus ideas y opiniones sobre temas relacionados con el oficio de escribir, mientras se disfruta de un café y algunos bocadillos. Un anfitrión modera la tertulia, donde se conversa sobre temas de interés común, se intercambian ideas y se comparten experiencias. Con la participación de: Renato Cisneros (Perú), Pablo Brescia (Argentina), Carmen Duarte (Cuba-Estados Unidos), Hernán Vera (Argentina),…

Sunday, April 23 @ 4:00 pm
Centro Cultural Español, 1490 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL, 33132,
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¡Tómate una copa y escribe mejor!, celebrando el Día del Libro, con Pedro Medina

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:  "En un lugar de Miami, de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme". A partir de esta esta premisa, se contará brevemente la historia del primer "Quijote…

May 2017
Tuesday, May 2 @ 6:00 pm
Biscayne Tavern at YVE Hotel Miami Downtown, 146 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, 33132,
mwi2017

Welcome to the Miami Writers Institute

Enjoy a complimentary drink at Biscayne Tavern in the lobby of the Yve Hotel as you meet your fellow writing enthusiasts before you all embark on an intensive writing journey over the next few days.

Tuesday, May 2 @ 7:00 pm
Centro Cultural Español, 1490 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL, 33132,
Gopegui

Presentación de la obra de la escritora española Belén Gopegui como parte del ciclo Crear en femenino

Con la participación de Gema Pérez-Sánchez, profesora de español de la Universidad de Miami “Crear en femenino” busca establecer un espacio para el diálogo y la reflexión sobre la feminidad explorando el trabajo de mujeres diferentes en manifestaciones artísticas diversas. Parte de dos preguntas básicas: ¿Existe la creación en femenino? ¿Cuáles son los ejes asociados a los discursos sobre y de las mujeres? Durante seis meses, el Centro Cultural Español en Miami tratará de indagar esta temática a través de…

Wednesday, May 3 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,
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With a Voice Like That…Developing Voice and Persona in Poems with Adrian Matejka

4-Day Workshop
Wednesday – Saturday, May 3 – 6 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The poet’s ultimate representation on the page is the speaker. Sharon Olds sounds like “Sharon Olds” because of her language choice, syntax, and line breaks. Yusef Komunyakaa’s linguistic swing is identifiable in a room full of poets thanks to his unique understanding of assonance, consonance, and imagery.

Wednesday, May 3 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,
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Ventriloquy in Fiction with Tiphanie Yanique

4-Day Workshops
Wednesday – Saturday, May 3 – 6 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Writers are often told that we must first find our own voice. This well-intentioned advice may be stifling and even misleading for fiction writers.

Wednesday, May 3 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,
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Memoir as Interior Renovation with Brian Turner

4-Day Workshops
Wednesday – Saturday, May 3 – 6 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

In this four-day intensive workshop on memoir, we’ll offer critique and feedback on the memoir you’ve begun, as well as discover ways to expand and explore the work you’ve already created.

Wednesday, May 3 @ 12:30 pm
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,
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Lunch and Faculty Readings with Brit Bennett & Adrian Matejka

The cost of lunch is included for participants registered for at least one Institute workshop. A limited number of lunches will be available for purchase on site that same day.

Wednesday, May 3 @ 2:30 pm
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,
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Desire in Fiction with Brit Bennett

3-Day Workshops
Wednesday – Friday, May 3 – 5 | 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Kurt Vonnegut famously said, “Every character should want something, even if it’s only a glass of water.” At its simplest form, a story is just that: a character who wants something and faces obstacles to getting it. But many stories flag under characters whose desires are muddled or boring or weak.

Wednesday, May 3 @ 2:30 pm
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,
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Plot Is Not A Four-Letter Word – A Story Workshop with Thomas Pierce

3-Day Workshops
Wednesday – Friday, May 3 – 5 | 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Plot is sometimes sneered at by literary fiction writers. A necessary evil, it’s often called. A way to hold the reader’s attention.

Wednesday, May 3 @ 6:30 pm
Gramps, 176 NW 24th Street, Miami, 33127,
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Crafts and Craft: Tiphanie Yanique and Brian Turner

A happy hour conversation series on the writing craft You’ve had an immersive day of writing workshops and readings- you want to keep going but you need a refresh! Enjoy a change of scenery and wind-down with a craft beer as you explore different aspects of writing with our craft talk series.   Mentorship and Canonizing with Tiphanie Yanique Who do you write for? What traditions are you writing alongside? What texts are you writing against? Knowing the answers to…

Wednesday, May 3 @ 8:00 pm
Gramps, 176 NW 24th Street, Miami, 33127,
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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…

Thursday, May 4 @ 12:30 pm
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,
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Lunch and Faculty Readings with Tiphanie Yanique, Brian Turner & Thomas Pierce

The cost of lunch is included for participants registered for at least one Institute workshop. A limited number of lunches will be available for purchase on site that same day.

Thursday, May 4 @ 6:00 pm
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,
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Cómo convertirte en escritor y no morir (ni matar) en el intento, impartido por Rosa Montero

4, 5 y 6 de mayo (Curso de tres clases)
Jueves 4 y viernes 5: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sábado 6: De 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Writers Institute presenta el taller de escritura creativa Cómo convertirte en escritor y no morir (ni matar) en el intento, impartido por Rosa Montero.

Thursday, May 4 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami,
mwi2017

Crafts and Craft: Brit Bennett and Adrian Matejka

A happy hour conversation series on the writing craft You’ve had an immersive day of writing workshops and readings- you want to keep going but you need a refresh! Enjoy a change of scenery and wind-down with a craft beer as you explore different aspects of writing with our craft talk series. The Masks We Want: Persona Poetry & Its Contemporary Possibilities with Adrian Matejka Persona poetry is one of the earliest styles of poetry. The word persona comes from the Latin…

Thursday, May 4 @ 7:30 pm
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,
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The Publishing Process: An Overview with Literary Agent Jill Marr

1-day publishing seminar
Thursday, May 4 | 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

You’ve finished your novel or completed your nonfiction proposal, so what do you do next? In this workshop we will discuss the process to publication, including how to go about getting an agent, doing the research, and writing a winning query letter for your project.

Friday, May 5 @ 12:30 pm
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,
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Lunch and Craft Talk with Thomas Pierce

The cost of lunch is included for participants registered for at least one Institute workshop. A limited number of lunches will be available for purchase on site that same day. Crafts and Craft: A happy hour conversation series on the writing craft Wind-down and refresh after an immersive day of writing workshops with a craft beer as you explore different aspects of writing with our craft talk series. A Thermodynamic Story with Thomas Pierce Stick a cold spoon in a…

Saturday, May 6 @ 10:00 am
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,
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Manuscript Consultations with Literary Agent Jill Marr

Various times, as appointed. | Consultations are limited to 30 people.

Jill Marr is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history. She has a strong Internet and media background and nearly 15 years of publishing experience.

Saturday, May 6 @ 1:30 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami,
first-draft

FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (May 2017)

Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Miami Writers Institute 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!

Saturday, May 6 @ 5:00 pm
Miami Dade College's Koubek Center, 2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL, 33135,
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Rosa Montero presenta su nueva novela La carne

La carne es una obra audaz y sorprendente, la más libre y personal de las que ha escrito Rosa Montero. Una intriga emocional que nos habla del paso del tiempo, del miedo a la muerte, del fracaso pero también de la esperanza, de la necesidad de amar y de la gloriosa tiranía del sexo, de la vida entendida como un lance fugaz en el que devorar o ser devorado. Rosa Montero (Madrid, 1951). Periodista y escritora española. Estudió periodismo y…

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