2024 NEA Big Read Miami Kickoff: Miami Book Fair Office Hours at Open House Miami

Experience Miami Dade College’s Cultural Affairs like never before. Start your evening with a short film presented by the Miami Film Festival before stepping into Miami Book Fair’s “Office Hours,” where you’ll be able to request a poem on demand, contribute to a group poem project yourself, and more. Continue your evening with a tour of the historic landmark Koubek Mansion, …

The Big Read 2024: Miami-Dade Public Library Branch Book Discussions

Join us for a discussion of this year’s title, MADELINE MILLER’s novel CIRCE, a Greek retelling lauded as triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, …

Speak Up: Creative Writing + Performance (Spring 2024)

Saturdays, February 10 — March 23, 2024, from 3:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. EST
Speak Up: Teen Creative Writing + Performance program is Miami Book Fair’s free virtual workshop series for teens ages 13-19 in grades 6-12 that was designed to power the creative process in community with other teens. As free of charge as it is free of homework, no previous experience necessary to participate. …

“ABHIPSAA: A Seeking” With Classical Indian Dancer Bijayini Satpathy

$29-$39 | Free for MDC students with code MDCSTU (limited availability; first-come, first-served)  
Considered one of the foremost masters of Odissi in the world, BIJAYINI SATPATHY is renowned the world over for her grace and she embodies the spirit and profound storytelling of classical Indian dance in a way few others have achieved. Now, in the prime of her artistic life, …

First Draft: A Virtual Literary Social with Margot Kahn

Community, craft, and rapid-fire creativity meet at our First Draft workshop series, monthly virtual salons where writers get social, share their work, and leave with great stories.
Theme: Wanting: Women Writing About Desire
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What do women want? How do we communicate our desires? And who, ultimately, is listening? In this free, freewheeling workshop, you’ll get several writing prompts to explore these questions for yourself. …

Creative Writing Workshop: Family Stories We (Tell Ourselves We) Can’t Tell with Maud Newton

Saturday, March 16, 2024 – 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (2 hours)
MDC Wolfson Campus
Registration: $30
When writing about family, many of us come up against stories we believe we can’t tell. Maybe we worry it’s disloyal to tell difficult secrets. Maybe we’re afraid of embarrassing ourselves. Maybe our family history seems like a jumble, …

Speak Up: Creative Writing + Performance (Spring 2024)

Saturdays, February 10 — March 23, 2024, from 3:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. EST
Speak Up: Teen Creative Writing + Performance program is Miami Book Fair’s free virtual workshop series for teens ages 13-19 in grades 6-12 that was designed to power the creative process in community with other teens. As free of charge as it is free of homework, no previous experience necessary to participate. …

Partner Event: FIU Science & Fiction Confab

A trio of award-winning science/speculative fiction writers who have worked in STEM will discuss the intersections of science and fiction writing. Moderating will be RHONA TRAUVITCH, FIU’s Science & Fiction Lab founding director. 
KEN LIU is a former software engineer turned American author of speculative fiction. Known for the Dandelion Dynasty, Liu’s writing touches on themes of futurism, machine-augmented creativity, …

2024 NEA Big Read Keynote: Madeline Miller in conversation with George O’Connor

Author MADELINE MILLER will deliver the 2024 NEA Big Read Miami keynote address, followed by a conversation with author and illustrator GEORGE O’CONNOR on the themes found in the book, including the retelling of myths and the persistence of thousand-year old tales. 
Miller has been a force in bringing mythology to the masses with her bestselling novels Song of Achilles and Circe. …

First Draft: A Virtual Literary Social with Tamiko Beyer

Community, craft, and rapid-fire creativity meet at our First Draft workshop series, monthly virtual salons where writers get social, share their work, and leave with great stories.
Theme: Poetry as Spellcasting
This workshop will lead you through the process of creating a poem-spell for protection and liberation. Through simple rituals of breath and writing, we will access our creativity and intuition in order to send our protective energies and liberatory intentions to the beloveds in our lives. …

Picnic de Libros: ¡Monstruos y Mitologia!/Storybook Picnic: Monsters and Mythologies!

Miami Book Fair presents the 2024 NEA Big Read Miami Family Day featuring myths from around the world – come dressed as your favorite god or monster for a special mythological edition of Cuatrogatos’ Picnic de Libros/Storybook Picnic! Bring the whole family together for a day of multicultural mythological explorations as you create your very own Greek god or monster with an arts and crafts activity with GOGO MOAD; …