Miami Writers Institute

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The Miami Writers Institute is an annual creative writing conference, produced by the Miami Book Fair Year-Round and takes place over four days every May.

The conference features intensive writing workshops with bestselling authors, craft talks, publishing seminars, manuscript consultations with a literary agent and happy hour events. Writing workshops are all limited to 15 students each, to allow for individualized attention. Come to Miami to enjoy the sunny atmosphere and write (or rewrite!) your next great work!

How to Register:

Online registration now open! Please visit workshop pages below to make your selection.
Registration deadlines and fees
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Let’s write (and by write we mean party!) at FREE craft talks, readings and our special lunchtime edition of First Draft writing social with performance poet Aja Monet.

The Writers Institute is more than just workshops. Spend some time with your fellow writers at events including craft talks, 5 Under 35 and more! Click here for more information.

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Note: Space in workshops is limited. Register as soon as possible to secure your space. Payment must be received at time of registration and must have cleared at least five business days prior to the first day of class. Please note registration deadlines for each course. Please speak to a member of our registration staff if you require clarification.

Past Events

May 2017
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.

Thursday, May 4 @ 7:30 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami,
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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.

Thursday, May 4 @ 6:30 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.

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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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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.

May 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami,
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Pitchapalooza with The Book Doctors!

Pitchapalooza, aka the American Idol for books (only without Simon) works like this: Anyone with an idea for a book has the chance to pitch it to a panel of judges. But they get only one minute. All attendees come away with concrete advice on how to improve their pitch as well as a greater understanding of the ins and outs of the publishing industry. At the end of each Pitchapalooza, the judges come together to pick a winner. The…

All day event.
Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL, 33134,
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Lip Service: True Stories Out Loud

Tickets: $15 (scroll down to purchase!) Close out the Writers Institute with a night of LIP SERVICE: True Stories Out Loud, the smartest, hottest, and most honest storytelling event in South Florida. A blend of theater, storytelling, and literature, Lip Service features eight true stories presented before a live audience. The stories presented at Lip Service shows are hilarious, heartbreaking, poignant, embarrassing, inspiring—and all true! Though Lip Service stories are edited and rehearsed, the setting and the live audience guarantee…

Friday, May 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami,
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FIRST DRAFT: A Literary Social (Special Miami Writers Institute Edition!)

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

Theme: Special Miami Writers Institute Edition!
Instructor: Aja Monet

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Books & Books at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami,
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¡Tómate una copa y escribe mejor! (mayo 2016)

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.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 @ 10:30 am - Friday, May 6, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,
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MANUSCRIPT CONSULTATIONS with Literary Agent Allison Devereux

By appointment only

Literary agent Allison Devereux will read a sample of your work, then meet with you for a one – on -one, 15-minute consultation.