Creative Writing Workshops

Creative Writing Workshops at Miami Book Fair are non-credit courses, offered throughout the year, that give aspiring writers the opportunity to receive critique and encouragement from published authors with extensive teaching experience.

*Creative Writing Workshops Refunds Policy
For courses that meet more than three times, full refunds will be given to participants who notify Miami Book Fair by e-mail or fax at least THREE BUSINESS DAYS before the first day of class that they wish to cancel. No refunds will be given once class begins. Allow at least two weeks for refunds to be processed. If a course must be canceled for any reason, you will receive a complete refund.

Past Events

February 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 @ 1:30 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Fiction Through Time and Place with Fabienne Josaphat

Sold Out Take a look at historical fiction using elements of place, time, and cultural, political and socio-economical context for developing characters and a plot narrative. Class will involve group discussions of setting, writing exercises and reading assignments, and workshop of short fiction and flash fiction.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Introduction to Screenwriting with Margaret Cardillo Fronefield and Luke Fronefield

Learn all the basics of writing a screenplay, and finish the class with a script that you can actually shoot, send to film festivals, and maybe even win awards. This course is an introduction to the techniques and elements of screenwriting, designed to provide you with skills that cultivate 1) an ability to create narrative story lines; 2) an understanding of the dramatic structure of screenplays; and 3) an ability to read and write in basic film script format.

Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Historia de la cultura. Espacio para explorar con Rosa Mary Lerner

Ocho encuentros interactivos para aprender, pensar y asomarse a la historia de la cultura. Un viaje a través del tiempo, tomando el asombro y el conocimiento como hilos conductores de la humanidad. Se requiere registración previa $105 This is a Community Education (non-credit) course. Want to register? Click here for instructions and registration form.…

June 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 6:00 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Taller de apreciación literaria con José Ignacio “Chascas” Valenzuela

Saber leer no siempre basta para saber leer. A veces, cuando queremos explorar las palabras de un cuento o de una novela, sentimos que no somos realmente capaces de identificar e interpretar a cabalidad lo que un autor quiso decir por medio de su prosa. En este taller aprenderemos a apreciar las palabras pero también a hurgar en sus significados, metáforas y personajes. ¿Qué quiso realmente decir el escritor? ¿Cuál es la verdadera interpretación de aquel párrafo que parece decirnos mucho más de lo que está escrito?…

Saturday, June 11, 2016 @ 6:00 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Taller Identidad y pertenencia: laboratorio de creación con Carina Barón y Cristina Keller

Una propuesta artística y literaria dirigida a la comunidad hispano parlante del condado Miami-Dade. En el taller se desarrollará una metodología que estimulará en los participantes del grupo la reflexión acerca de sus raíces, sus memorias y su integración a la sociedad norteamericana. Las coordinadoras Cristina Keller, artista plástica y Carina Barón, psicóloga y antropóloga, impartirán conceptos de escritura creativa y expresión plástica que permitirán a los integrantes del grupo expresar sus pensamientos, recuerdos y emociones. Se proveerá del material necesario para que cada participante del rupo elabore un libro de arte en donde experimentará un acercamiento a los materiales plásticos y expresará su experiencia a través de la escritura y la pintura.…

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Thursday, June 30, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

How to Tell True Stories, Out Loud

Thursdays, June 30 – July 28 (5 weeks) / 7 – 9 p.m. The stories presented at Lip Service—Miami’s showcase for true stories presented out loud—are personal, heartfelt, and honest. This five-week course, presented by Lip Service co-producers Esther Martinez-Kenniff and Nicholas Garnett, will show you how to identify, create, and present meaningful personal stories. You’ll learn: What qualifies as a story. How to identify which of your personal stories have what it takes to make a great story.…

July 2016

Saturday, July 9, 2016 @ 6:00 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

For High School Students / Flash Fiction: How to Tell a Compelling Story in 1,000 Words or Less

This class has been cancelled. Saturdays, July 9 – 30 (4 weeks) / 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For High School Students Only Flash fiction is a deceptively difficult, yet popular format for short fiction. It’s fun to read and it’s even more fun to write. This course will help you to pare down the elements of fiction—plot, characters, dialogue, pacing—to the barest of its bones. Flash is often about what is missing from the story,…

Saturday, July 9, 2016 @ 6:00 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

How to Conquer Writer’s Block: Attack the Blank Page Using Skills from the Stage

Saturday, July 9 (1 day) / 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. “My inner critic began piping up about how hopeless I was and how I didn’t know how to write.” Author Mary Garden Feeling intimidated by the blank page? Unsure where to start? All out of ideas? This innovative course is for you. We’ll borrow techniques developed by the masters of improvisational theater to obliterate writer’s block, uncork your creative juices, and conquer your doubts. You’ll spend part of this dynamic workshop on your feet,…

September 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Write Your Book (Draft) in Seven Weeks with M.J. Fievre

7 weeks, September 13 – October 25

This class is designed for writers who are serious about completing a book project that is marketable to agents, editors, and readers. Lominy Books and Sliver of Stone editor M.J. Fievre will teach different approaches to planning and structuring a book-length story, along with the advanced writing techniques needed to bring a plot into sharp focus, build dramatic tension, and evoke an authentic sense of place.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Fiction through Time and Place (Part II) with Fabienne Josaphat

CANCELED 6 weeks, September 15 – October 20 Take a look at historical fiction using elements of place, time, and cultural, political, and socio-economical context for developing fiction. Class will involve a discussion of setting, writing exercises and reading assignments, and workshop of novel chapters, short stories and or flash fiction. This six-week course focuses on writing and workshop of novels and short stories in the genre of historical fiction. The first week of the course will focus on understanding concepts of historical fiction,…

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Laugh About It: Humor in Autobiographical Writing with Dawn S. Davies

CANCELED 6 weeks, September 15 – October 20 Writing funny can be a challenge. Humor writer Erma Bombeck says, “Anybody can bring out your tears. That’s a piece of cake. It is twenty times—no, make that fifty times easier to make people cry rather than laugh.” Yet, humor is a healthy part of life and often can be the sugar that helps the bitter stuff go down, and in personal essays or memoir, humor can be both a refreshing and a startling honest way to connect with your readers.…

Saturday, September 17, 2016 @ 6:00 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Taller con Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez: Reflexiones sobre escrivivir in two lenguas

Parte del Festival Escribe Aquí, en colaboración con The Betsy Hotel y Suburbano La charla ofrece una serie de reflexiones sobre la literatura escrita en español desde los Estados Unidos por escritores latinoamericanos y US latinos. En particular, se pondrá énfasis en el contacto cultural, la mezcla de códigos lingüísticos y las posibilidades de crear en dos o más idiomas. Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez is an unrepentant border crosser, ex-dj, writer, painter, and academic. An Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico,…

Saturday, September 17, 2016 @ 6:00 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

What Editors Want: Understanding the Process of Submitting to Literary Magazines with Lynne Barrett

1 day workshop: Saturday, September 17 Are you writing stories, poems, or essays, and seeking publication in magazines? Just beginning? Or trying to move your work up a notch? This workshop aims to demystify an often-daunting process. Editor and author Lynne Barrett will help you to understand editors’ expectations and how authors research and evaluate markets appropriate for their work. You’ll get tips on helpful resources, organizing your process, following submission directions, what belongs (and doesn’t) in cover letters and bios,…

Saturday, September 17, 2016 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

How to Conquer Writer’s Block: Attack the Blank Page Using Skills from the Stage with Dan Grech

1 day workshop: Saturday, September 17

Feeling intimidated by the blank page? Unsure where to start? All out of ideas? This innovative course is for you. We'll borrow techniques developed by the masters of improvisational theater to obliterate writer’s block, uncork your creative juices, and conquer your doubts.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 6:00 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Taller con Cristian Proa: La responsabilidad de contar historias

Parte del Festival Escribe Aquí, en colaboración con The Betsy Hotel y Suburbano Este taller tendrá como objetivo entablar un diálogo enfocado en el guión cinematográfico y la adaptación de la novela literaria al séptimo arte. El estudiante conocerá lo que implica gestar, desde el script, una historia que trascienda, para poder realizar un proyecto que sea viable con los elementos disponibles, entendiendo sus limitaciones técnicas. Cristian Proa (México, 1982). Director de cine y escritor mexicano. Ha trabajado con maestros como Alejandro Jodorowsky,…

October 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016 @ 6:00 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Taller con Liliana Blum: La mujer en la cultura mexicana a través de Rosario Castellanos

Parte del Festival Escribe Aquí, en colaboración con The Betsy Hotel y Suburbano A través de un par de textos de Rosario Castellanos, “Lección de cocina” y “Cabecita blanca” del libro Álbum de familia (Ediciones del Volador, México, 1971), se analizará la crítica que hace la autora de algunos aspectos y estereotipos de la mujer mexicana de los años setentas y que persisten todavía, los cuales han impedido que las mujeres se asuman como sujetos plenos y autónomos. Al final se elaborará un escrito propio como fruto de la lectura y la reflexión.…

Saturday, October 8, 2016 @ 6:00 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Taller con Ana Cecilia Blum: Hacia el camino de la poesía. La conquista de la hoja en blanco entre el oficio y la vida

Debido a la amenaza de huracán Matthew, el vuelo de la autora Ana Cecilia Blum se ha cancelado, y por lo tanto el taller del sábado 8 de octubre en el Koubek Center queda cancelado.  Due to Hurricane Matthew’s possible impact to our area, Ana Cecilia Blum’s flight has been cancelled and therefore her workshop on Saturday Oct. 8 at the Koubek Center is cancelled. Parte del Festival Escribe Aquí, en colaboración con The Betsy Hotel y Suburbano Experimentando con un conjunto de estrategias creativas,…

February 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Escritura creativa con Hernán Vera Alvarez: Taller de autoficción (la escritura del yo)

8 semanas: los miércoles de 7 p.m. a 9 p.m., desde el 8 de febrero Taller de autoficción (escritura del yo): Todos llevamos historias en nuestra vida. A través de diferentes técnicas narrativas y obras de grandes autores, este taller brinda las herramientas adecuadas al estudiante para trabajar a partir de su propia memoria y experiencia, y así escribir textos literarios con una voz única, personal. Hernán Vera Álvarez (Buenos Aires, 1977), a veces simplemente Vera, es escritor, dibujante y editor.…

Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ 11:00 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Escritura creativa con Hernán Vera Alvarez: Taller de autoficción (la escritura del yo)

¡A pedido del público, nuevo grupo y horario! 8 semanas: los sábados de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m., desde el 18 de febrero Taller de autoficción (escritura del yo): Todos llevamos historias en nuestra vida. A través de diferentes técnicas narrativas y obras de grandes autores, este taller brinda las herramientas adecuadas al estudiante para trabajar a partir de su propia memoria y experiencia, y así escribir textos literarios con una voz única, personal. Hernán Vera Álvarez (Buenos Aires,…

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

How to Tell True Stories, Out Loud with Nick Garnett & Esther Martinez

7 weeks: Tuesdays, February 21 – April 5 / 7 – 9 p.m. The stories presented at Lip Service—Miami’s showcase for true stories presented out loud—are personal, heartfelt, and honest. This five-week course, presented by Lip Service co-producers Esther Martinez-Kenniff and Nicholas Garnett, will show you how to identify, create, and present meaningful personal stories. You’ll learn: What qualifies as a story. How to identify which of your personal stories have what it takes to make a great story.…

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Memoir Workshop with Nikki Moustaki

Tuesdays, February 21 – April 4 (6 weeks, no class on March 21) / 7 – 9 p.m. Take your memoir writing to the next level with this memoir writing workshop led by Nikki Moustaki, author of 46 works of book-length nonfiction, including the memoir The Bird Market of Paris. Whether you’ve just started writing or you’re experienced in creative nonfiction, you will find a place in this workshop, which aims to hone your current skills as well as offer new techniques.…

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Multicultural Approaches to Writing Prose with Vanessa Garcia

4 weeks: Tuesdays, February 21 – March 14 / 7 – 9 p.m. How does our background affect the way we write? Not just the material we bring to writing, but how we put it together. How can we take the most of our hyphenated, multi-layered, densely layered pasts and turn those roots into fruitful creative endeavors that are often genre-bending, and sometimes revolutionary. This class will explore what it means to be multicultural and how to be truthful to that core,…

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Writing the World with Thomas Swick

6 weeks: Wednesdays, February 22 – March 29 / 7 – 9 p.m.  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 – and creating a narrative arc and,…

Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Writing for the Ear with Alicia Zuckerman

4 weeks: Thursdays, February 23 – March 16 / 7 – 9 p.m. Writing for the ear is different than writing for the eye. The rhythm is different. Often the vocabulary is different. Sentences tend to be shorter. Like this. They aren’t even always complete sentences. And sometimes they start with conjunctions. Lots of writers who’ve spent time learning how to write for the ear say when their writing becomes more conversational, they become better writers overall. It’s one of the most useful things you can do to find your own voice.…

Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Various Locations

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.…

April 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

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 infantiles venezolana,…

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Escritura creativa con Hernán Vera Alvarez: Taller de autoficción II

Taller de 8 semanas, los miércoles de 7 a 9 pm. ¡A pedido del público, nuevo grupo! El Taller de autoficción II ofrece las herramientas adecuadas para que los estudiantes puedan trabajar a partir de su propia memoria y experiencia, y así escribir textos literarios con una voz única y personal, a través de diferentes técnicas narrativas y obras de grandes autores. Hernán Vera Álvarez (Buenos Aires, 1977), a veces simplemente Vera, es escritor, dibujante y editor. Ha publicado los libros de cuentos Grand Nocturno y Una extraña felicidad (llamada América),…

June 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Weaving Words into Pages: A Writing and Bookmaking Workshop with Mia Leonin & Nereida García Ferraz

Women: who were we before we became daughter, sister, mother, lover, wife, partner, student, employee, and citizen? This workshop, open to women and female-identifying individuals, will employ the art of bookmaking, poetry writing, and storytelling to reconnect each participant with the unique and authentic “I” that sometimes vanishes in the rush to become. Poet and writer Mia Leonin will guide participants through a series of writing exercises to unlock the unique language of self. Visual artist Nereida García Ferraz will teach bookmaking and drawing techniques to unite word and text.…

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Escritura creativa con Hernán Vera Álvarez: Taller de autoficción (III)

Taller de 5 semanas, los miércoles de 6:30 pm. a 9:30 pm. ¡A pedido del público, nuevo grupo! Taller de autoficción (la escritura del yo): Todos llevamos historias en nuestra vida. A través de diferentes técnicas narrativas y obras de grandes autores, este taller brinda las herramientas adecuadas al estudiante para trabajar a partir de su propia memoria y experiencia, y así escribir textos literarios con una voz única, personal. Hernán Vera Álvarez (Buenos Aires, 1977), a veces simplemente Vera,…

July 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

How to Sequence a Prizewinning Poetry Manuscript Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

Robert Frost said that the last poem you write for a manuscript is the book itself, expanding on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s belief that poetry is “the best words in the best order.” Great writers are intentional about everything, from syllable count to the order in which each poem is presented. Part lecture and part workshop, this class will give you a hands-on approach to finding the optimal order for your manuscript that maximizes each poem’s strengths to keep readers (and contest judges) hooked.…

Saturday, July 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Demystifying the Art of Proposal Writing with Susan Caraballo

Whether participants are in the midst of a fellowship application and want feedback or they want to delve into writing proposals, this workshop provides a hands-on approach to the process. Through a combination of discussions and a mock panel, participants will gain first-hand experience in the grant-writing and grant-making process. Workshop is limited to 20 participants. Participants are asked to fill out a mock artist fellowship application before the workshop. The application is emailed prior to the workshop. The application deadline is a few days prior to the workshop.…

August 2017

Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 9:00 am
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction Workshop with Sora Edwards-Thro

2 day workshop: Sat., August 26 – Sun., August 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Learn the special craft and genre concerns of science fiction/speculative fiction and the direction(s) the field is headed in this two-day workshop with Sora Edwards-Thro. A special emphasis is on the Caribbean, but the workshop is open to ALL writers, and accessible to French-Creole speakers. This workshop will focus on the poetics of the unreal, the conventions and tropes of the Black Fantastic, the Grotesque, the Afro-Surreal,…

Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Taller de escritura a cargo de José Ignacio “Chascas” Valenzuela. Invocando a las musas: escribe aunque no sepas qué escribir.

SOLD OUT! Taller de 4 semanas.  Los sábados de 10:00 am. a 1:00 pm., del 26 de agosto al 16 de septiembre. La premisa de este taller es escribir aunque no se quiera o no se sepa acerca de qué escribir. Va dirigido a todo tipo de personas con nociones de escritura, o con un marcado interés por la palabra. También a profesionales del medio que deseen perfeccionar sus conocimientos, y a iniciados que quieran adquirir las nociones básicas para poder desarrollar sus ideas.…

September 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
Imago Art in Action
165 Majorca Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

Curso: 50 años de Cien años de soledad, impartido por Luis Yslas

Del 26 al 29 de septiembre / 6:30 a 9:00 p.m. Para celebrar el quincuagésimo aniversario de la primera edición de Cien años de soledad, de Gabriel García Márquez. Obra maestra de la literatura. Emblema del boom narrativo latinoamericano. Fenómeno de ventas y lecturas inagotables. Cien años de soledad, de Gabriel García Márquez, parece haber contado siempre con un favorable reconocimiento mundial. El aniversario de los 50 años de su publicación es motivo para hacer una revisión que permita ponderar los efectos que provoca hoy esta novela entre los lectores y la crítica especializada,…

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Character Development with Fabienne Josaphat

Tuesdays, September 26 – October 31 (6 weeks) | 7 – 9 p.m.  This six-week course focuses on writing and developing compelling, three-dimensional characters. A good novel or short story calls for authentic, dynamic characters, and you, writer, must learn to think outside the box. We are called to create a world with characters so real, they will live with our readers forever, and even haunt them. In this course, you will practice the creation of such characters.…

October 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Coral Gables Museum (Perrin International Hall)
285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

Writing Bootcamp: Formats, Genres and Storytelling Devices with Anjanette Delgado

Saturday – Sunday, October 7 – October 8 (2 days) | 12 – 5 p.m.   In an advanced spin-off to her acclaimed course, “Finish Your Novel the TV Way,” Anjanette Delgado has put together a bootcamp course about the unsung heroes of getting our work finished: formats, genres, and storytelling devices. How many times have you struggled with your novel, only to realize it wants to be a lyric essay? Or with a short story, only to realize it should be a novel after months of struggling with word count?…

February 2018

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

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,…

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

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

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

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,…

March 2018

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

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.…

April 2018

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

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 18 @ 7:00 pm

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June 2018

Wednesday, June 6 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Anatomy of the Novel with Fabienne Josaphat

Wednesdays, June 6 – July 18 (6 weeks – skipping July 4) 7 – 9 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami You’ve been wanting to write a novel forever, but the task seems daunting. Mostly because writing a novel is a scary thought. But also, you’re not sure how to write a novel. After all, it isn’t an easy task, otherwise we’d all do it. If those symptoms are familiar, ANATOMY OF THE NOVEL is for you. …

Wednesday, June 6 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

The Personal Essay: Connecting Through Spots of Time with Vanessa Garcia

Wednesdays, June 6 – 27 (4 weeks) 7 – 9 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami Sometimes a short moment in time (or short essay) is a gem, holding the greatest power of connection – the universal always being in the specific. In this class, you will write four personal essays between 500 and 1,000 words, all capturing personal spots of time recollected, as Wordsworth would say, “in tranquility.” These will capture the extraordinary in the ordinary,…

Wednesday, June 27 @ 5:00 pm
The Lightbox at Goldman Warehouse
404 NW 26 Street , Miami, 33127 United States

Poetry Workshop for Teens with Aja Monet

Wednesday, June 27 (1 day) 5 – 8 p.m. | The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26 Street) This three-hour poetry workshop is just for teens. Start your summer getting inspired to write and perform your own poetry out loud with internationally acclaimed poet Aja Monet, the youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam Championship at the age of 19. Workshop in partnership with Miami Light Project SCHOLARSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE! Miami Poetry Collective is generously sponsoring scholarships for five teens to attend the workshop 100% free!…

August 2018

Saturday, August 25 @ 9:00 am
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

A Map to Wakanda: Creating (Diverse) Comic Books – A Workshop for Writers (& Artists, Too!)

Presented by #ReadCaribbean 2-day workshop: Sat., August 25 – Sun., August 26 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. How do we write comics that celebrate diversity and cultural dynamism so that our stories are both universal and specific? How do we translate our skills as writers into the graphic medium and include fully realized characters of different backgrounds, with flaws and challenges they must overcome and learn to cope with, characters who possess their own hopes, dreams and agency and are not merely defined by one or two characteristics?…

September 2018

Tuesday, September 11 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

How to Tell True Stories, Out Loud with Nicholas Garnett & Esther Martinez-Kenniff

September 11 – October 30 (8 weeks) 7 – 9 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami The stories presented at Lip Service—Miami’s showcase for true stories presented out loud—are personal, heartfelt, and honest. This eight-week course, presented by Lip Service co-producers Esther Martinez-Kenniff and Nicholas Garnett, will show you how to identify, create, and present meaningful personal stories. You’ll learn: What qualifies as a story. How to identify which of your personal stories have what it takes to make a great story.…

Saturday, September 15 @ 12:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Finish Your Novel the TV Way! with Anjanette Delgado

Saturday – Sunday, September 15 – 16 (2 days) 12 – 5 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami Using techniques of television series head writers or show runners who must create entire worlds from top to bottom under strict ($$$) deadline pressure, this course will teach you how to organize it all, how to know what to keep and what to toss, and how to keep your inspiration level high throughout the long-form story process. Anjanette Delgado is an award-winning novelist,…

October 2018

Saturday, October 20 @ 12:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Writing the Middle-Grade Novel with Ruth Behar

Saturday – Sunday, October 20 – 21 (2 days) 12– 3 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami The middle-grade novel is perhaps the most exciting genre in young people’s literature today. There has been a boom in writing about characters between the ages of nine and twelve, which has led to innovative and even monumental work. The wide range of writing for and about tweens includes Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas,…

Saturday, October 20 @ 1:00 pm
The Lightbox at Goldman Warehouse
404 NW 26 Street , Miami, 33127 United States

Teen Poetry Workshop with Cecily Schuler

Saturday, October 20 (1 day) 1 – 4 p.m. | Light Box at the Goldman Warehouse This three-hour poetry workshop is just for teens. Kick off your fall season with considering and reconsidering when and how (and what even is) form when writing and performing your poetry. Cecily Schuler is a genderqueer writer and spoken word artist, raised and based in South Florida. Their work is featured in Jai Alai Magazine, Winter Tangerine, the Offing,…

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