First Draft

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

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!

This is how it goes: Write a story. Have a drink. Write a better story. This is how it goes: participants are led in a short, themed writing prompt, then everyone gets some time to write their stories. Those who want to, will read their work aloud. We’ll take a break to drink and socialize (your first drink is on the house!), then we start the whole process over again.

Upcoming Events

May 2021

Wednesday, May 12 @ 6:30 pm
Livestreamed

First Draft: A Literary Social with Katia D. Ulysse

A guided writing prompt with a twist. Because writing is thirsty work. Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. 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. Bring your own drink and log in for a First Draft event and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!…

July 2021

Wednesday, July 14 @ 6:30 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

First Draft: A Literary Social with ‘Pemi Aguda

A guided writing prompt with a twist. Because writing is thirsty work. Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. 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. Bring your own drink and log in for a First Draft event and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!…

August 2021

Wednesday, August 11 @ 6:30 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

First Draft: A Literary Social with Joseph Earl Thomas

A guided writing prompt with a twist. Because writing is thirsty work. Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. 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. Bring your own drink and log in for a First Draft event 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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Past Events

April 2021

Wednesday, April 14 @ 6:30 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

First Draft: A Literary Social with Gabriel Ramirez

A guided writing prompt with a twist. Because writing is thirsty work. Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. 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. Bring your own drink and log in for a First Draft event and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!…

March 2021

Wednesday, March 10 @ 6:30 pm
Livestreamed

First Draft: A Literary Social with Laurel Nakanishi

A guided writing prompt with a twist. Because writing is thirsty work. Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. 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. Bring your own drink and log in for a First Draft event and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!…

May 2020

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

FIRST DRAFT: An Online Literary Social (May 2020)

A guided writing prompt with a twist. Because writing is thirsty work. This event is livestreamed via Crowdcast Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. 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.…

April 2020

Thursday, April 23, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

FIRST DRAFT: An Online Literary Social (April 2020)

A guided writing prompt with a twist. Because writing is thirsty work. This event is livestreamed via Crowdcast Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. 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.…

March 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, United States

FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (March 2020)

In an abundance of caution, following recommendations from the Governor of Florida, Miami Dade College is canceling all cultural events. In line with other cultural institutions and centers, the Miami Book Fair will close/cancel all events until further notice. This decision is made with your comfort and safety in mind and that of our generous patrons, students, and guests. As part of Miami Dade College, Miami Book Fair will continue to closely monitor COVID-19. MDC is coordinating efforts with the appropriate state and local authorities.…

February 2020

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, United States

FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (February 2020)

A guided writing prompt with a twist. Because writing is thirsty work. Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Miami Book Fair presents First Draft, a series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories. Instructor: Nick Garnett Theme: Just Sayin’: Tips on Writing Good Dialogue 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.…

October 2019

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, United States

FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (October 2019)

A guided writing prompt with a twist. Because writing is thirsty work. Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Instructor: Lynne Barrett Theme: Making Good Time 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.…

September 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books at the Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, United States

FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (September 2019)

Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Instructor: Jen Karetnick Theme: Writing from Animated Perspectives 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!…

August 2019

Thursday, August 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books at the Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, United States

FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (August 2019)

A guided writing prompt with a twist. Because writing is thirsty work. Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Instructor: Dana De Greff Theme: Infinity 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.…

July 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books at the Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, United States

FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (July 2019)

A guided writing prompt with a twist. Because writing is thirsty work. Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Instructor: Roxanna Elden Theme: Microscope vs. Telescope 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.…

June 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books at the Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, United States

FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (June 2019)

A guided writing prompt with a twist. Because writing is thirsty work. Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Instructor: Fabienne Josaphat Theme: TBA 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.…

May 2019

Thursday, May 9, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Books & Books – Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables , United States

FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (2019 Writers Institute Edition)

Have a drink. Write a story. Have another drink. Write a better story. Writers Institute Edition Instructor: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (followed by A Night With the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 featuring Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Hanah Lillith Assadi, Akwaeke Emezi, Lydia Kiesling, and Moriel Rothman-Zecher) 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.…

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