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

July 2020

Monday, July 27 @ 7:00 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Taller: “La brevedad, técnica y misterio” con Ana María Shua

SOLD OUT! Lamentablemente, ya no hay cupo para el taller. Para apuntarse a la lista de espera, por favor registre sus datos en esta página: https://forms.gle/1ne66rfC22bLHKUY8. Le informaremos si surge una oportunidad de que participe. Gracias por su interés.   Lunes 27 – viernes 31 de julio, 7 a 8:30 p.m. ¿Qué es un microrrelato? ¿Es una mariposa, un perfume, una brisa, un texto narrativo? Las fronteras de la nación del microrrelato y sus países limítrofes. El microrrelato ¿nace o se hace?…

Monday, July 27 @ 3:30 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

After, Before, and Outside an MFA with R.O. Kwon

5-Day Virtual Workshop Monday – Friday, July 27 – 31 | 3:30 – 5 p.m. EST This is a crash course on how to find time, money, and space to write after, before, and outside an MFA. How will you find fellowships, grants, and residencies, and what are best practices for applying? How helpful are writing conferences? Where can you participate in literary communities? What’s a key part of a magazine pitch? How might you think about revising?…

Monday, July 27 @ 2:00 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Teenage Rebels: How To Write Young Adult Fiction with Lilliam Rivera

5-Day Virtual Workshop Monday – Friday, July 27 – 31 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST The Outsiders. Harry Potter. The Hate You Give. Walk in to any bookstore and you will find an exciting array of young adult fiction that covers every genre—from contemporary stories tackling social justice themes to science fiction bringing other worlds to life. If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel through the perspective of a young person, this is the workshop for you.…

Monday, July 27 @ 12:30 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

The Art and Craft of Memoir with Boris Fishman

5-Day Virtual Workshop Monday – Friday, July 27 – 31 | 12:30 – 2 p.m. EST During our time together, we will read excerpts of exemplary memoirs (and peek at a couple of craft manuals); take them apart to figure out how they became so exemplary (and to remind ourselves that their authors were once staring at a blank page, too); do some craft exercises to practice those concepts; and then deploy them in short pieces of memoiristic writing that we will workshop as a group.…

Monday, July 27 @ 11:00 am
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Fiction: Subverting Timelines with Bryan Washington

5-Day Virtual Workshop Monday – Friday, July 27 – 31 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST We’ll work through intersecting structures, parallel timelines, elliptical narratives, and stories that forego chronology altogether as we parse the limits of structure, and the ways our forms dictate the content we turn to. Bryan Washington has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the BBC, …

Monday, July 27 @ 9:30 am
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Poetry: The Conscious/Subconscious with Richard Blanco

5-Day Virtual Workshop Monday – Friday, July 27 – 31 | 9:30 – 11 a.m. EST A poem is a conscious expression born out of the subconscious mind. Through interactive lectures and exercises, we will explore those techniques that we consciously employ in poetry, namely: the using specific, concrete imagery; the dynamics of line breaks; how to harness to power of figurative language; and the linguistics underlying musicality. Likewise, we will explore the equally important subconscious territory of memory,…

June 2020

Saturday, June 20 @ 2:00 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Telling Our Own Stories: A Making Comics Workshop with Jarod Roselló

Telling Our Own Stories: A Making Comics Workshop with Jarod Roselló, author of Red Panda & Moon Bear A family-friendly online workshop. Comics is a powerful literary and artistic medium for telling stories. Combining cartoon imagery and text in sequential art, cartooning allows us to weave together memories, experiences, and imaginings into complex visual narratives. These narratives can take any form and cover any content. In this workshop, attendees will learn the foundational principles behind cartooning and narrative structure,…

Thursday, June 4 @ 7:00 pm
Livestreamed via Crowdcast

Writing a Novel with Recklessness and Rigor, with Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Thursdays, June 4 – July 9 (6 weeks) In order to create a new universe, i.e., a novel, a writer needs a sense of recklessness and wildness. But in order to make sense out of this universe, to understand its logics and rules, to work toward its essence, a writer needs a practice that includes rigor, care, and discipline. In this workshop, we will explore these two elements of novel-writing. We will read and discuss the works of modern masters of fiction;…

April 2020

Saturday, April 25 @ 10:00 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Taller de escritura creativa: “La realidad en el cuento, el cuento de la realidad”, impartido por Ena Columbié

Estamos trabajando para ofrecerles este taller online muy pronto.  Cuando tengamos más detalles, actualizaremos esta página. ¡Gracias! 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.…

Saturday, April 4 @ 10:00 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Taller de escritura para niños: “A jugar con las palabras” con el escritor José Ignacio “Chascas” Valenzuela

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.…

Friday, April 3 @ 4:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

How to Order Your Award-Winning Poetry Manuscript with Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

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.…

March 2020

Saturday, March 14 @ 1:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Telling Our Own Stories: A Making Comics Workshop with Jarod Roselló

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.…

Saturday, March 7 @ 9:30 am
Iris PhotoCollective Art Space at the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance
225 NE 59th St, Miami, FL 33137 United States

Latin American and Caribbean Insights and (In)visibility

Latin American and Caribbean Insights and (In)visibility Saturday, March 7 @ 9:30 am Iris PhotoCollective Art Space at the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance 225 NE 59th St, Miami, FL 33137 United States Share on Facebook Tweet about this on Twitter Come Learn from the Greats!  Writers Anjanette Delgado, Patricia Engel, Marie-Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, and Donna Aza Weir-Soley will take you on an exhilarating writing journey. Join the provocative, unflinching, maybe uncomfortable,…

February 2020

Saturday, February 22 @ 10:00 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Taller de escritura creativa: “Quebrar los géneros: la poesía del relato”, impartido por Legna Rodríguez Iglesias

SOLD OUT! Lamentablemente, ya no hay cupo para el taller. Para apuntarse a la lista de espera, por favor registre sus datos en esta página: https://forms.gle/ZGzRXBRn6RVUTCan6. Le informaremos si surge una oportunidad de que participe. Gracias por su interés. Taller de 8 semanas, los sábados de 10:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. Del 22 de febrero al 11 de abril Durante las ocho semanas del curso llevaremos a cabo un proceso (transgénero) de escritura creativa. Tomaremos como punto de partida la poesía (lo poético) como recurso para narrar un relato que podría no serlo,…

Wednesday, February 12 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Writing the World with Thomas Swick

Wednesdays, February 12 – March 11 (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 8 @ 10:00 am
Books & Books – Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables , United States

Making Good Time: Story and the Map of Opportunity with Lynne Barrett

Saturday, February 8 (1 day) 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Books & Books, Coral Gables Come to Books & Books (itself a crossroads), where we’ll look at how writers use place, movement, territory, obstacles, access, boundary crossing, departures, returns, and other aspects of spatial movement to construct, shape, and give meaning to stories, whether true or invented. Short examples from published work will focus on South Florida, while participants can draw on locations anywhere, real, imagined, or somewhere in between,…

Wednesday, February 5 @ 7:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Workshop: How to Get Your Nonfiction Book Published with Ada Calhoun

Wednesday, February 5 (1 day) 7 – 9 p.m. | MDC Koubek Center Have a memoir you’re dying to sell? Wondering how the publishing industry works? Eager to see if you’re properly communicating your book idea? In this intensive two-hour workshop, prolific author Ada Calhoun will teach participants how to craft a nonfiction book proposal that gives them the best possible shot with agents and editors. Class members will present their book ideas to one another for critique.…

September 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Funny U: Humor Writing 101 with Roxanna Elden

Wednesdays, September 18 – October 23 (6 weeks) 7 – 9 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami Writing for a standup stage, a sitcom writers’ room, or the humor section of the bookstore requires a specific set of skills. Many of these are teachable, learnable techniques, and any writer can benefit from studying the elements that make writing funny. This course will begin with a short overview of humor theories, then move onto more concrete tricks,…

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Demystifying the Process: Artist Statements & Grant Proposals with Susan Caraballo

Class has been postponed due to Hurricane Dorian. The new dates are September 10, 17 and 24. Tuesdays, September 10 – 24 (3 weeks) 7 – 9 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami 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. The workshop will start with ways to write an effective and persuasive artist statement by taking participants through creative writing exercises as tools to describe and talk about their work.…

Saturday, September 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

De la imaginación a la palabra: taller de motivación a la escritura con Gabriel Goldberg y Hernán Vera Álvarez

SOLD OUT! Lamentablemente, ya no hay cupo para el taller. Para apuntarse a la lista de espera, por favor escriba a iflores2@mdc.edu. Le informaremos si surge una oportunidad. Gracias por su interés. Taller de 6 semanas, los sábados de 10:00 a.m. a 12:00 m. Del 7 de septiembre al 12 de octubre Un taller de creación literaria que responde a los principios del método levreriano de escritura, con la perspectiva innovadora de su creador, el escritor uruguayo Mario Levrero,…

July 2019

Saturday, July 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Teen Poetry Workshop with Darius Daughtry

Story and Power: Using Your Personal Narrative to Craft Powerful Poems One-day Teen Poetry Workshop: Saturday, July 27 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. We all have a story to tell. Our lives our full of experiences that shape us and contribute in crafting our outlook on the world. As writers, being able to excavate stories from our own experiences and utilize them to create art that explores the past, confronts the present, and imagines the future. This poetry workshop will involve participants in multiple exercises and collaborative writing sessions in an attempt to unlock and amplify each writer’s personal voice.…

June 2019

Thursday, June 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

How to Tell True Stories, Out Loud with Esther Martinez and Nicholas Garnett

Thursdays, June 6 – 27 (4 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 four-week course, presented by Lip Service co-producers Esther Martinez 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.…

March 2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Taller: “El cuento: el Frankenstein despierto” con Carlos Pintado

SOLD OUT! Lamentablemente, ya no hay cupo para el taller. Para apuntarse a la lista de espera, por favor escriba a iflores2@mdc.edu. Le informaremos si surge una oportunidad. Gracias por su interés. Taller de 8 semanas, los sábados de 10:00 am. a 12:00 pm. Del 16 de marzo al 4 de mayo Objetivo: Al final de las ocho semanas del taller, los participantes habrán escrito, al menos, un cuento que habrá sido analizado y debatido por el instructor y los demás integrantes del grupo.…

February 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
The Lightbox at Goldman Warehouse
404 NW 26 Street , Miami, 33127 United States

Teen Poetry Workshop with Rudi Goblen

Saturday, February 23 (1 day) 1 – 4 p.m. | The Light Box at the Goldman Warehouse This three-hour poetry workshop is just for teens. Start the new year inspired to write and perform your own poetry out loud with acclaimed B-Boy, performance artist, and published poet Rudi Goblen. Workshop in partnership with Miami Light Project Rudi Goblen (writer, dancer, actor, and music producer) was commissioned by Miami Light Project to create the solo dance theatre performances Insanity Isn’t,…

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Love Notes: The Craft of Writing Romance with Nadine Gonzalez

Thursdays, February 21 – March 14 (4 weeks) 7 – 9 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami A well-crafted romantic sub-plot can add dimension to any genre. A love interest can raise the stakes in a thriller, round out the character of a fantasy trilogy hero/heroine, or serve as the ultimate blind spot for an antihero. With that in mind, it’s worth it to master the romantic arc. In this workshop, we’ll work through the mandatory beats in romance (meet cute,…

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Writing the World with Thomas Swick

Wednesdays, February 20 – March 13 (4 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 9, 2019 @ 9:30 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Seminario “Cuentistas maestros: clásicos, modernos y posmodernos”, impartido por el profesor y narrador Pablo Brescia.

SOLD OUT!Lamentablemente, ya no hay cupo para el seminario. Para apuntarse a la lista de espera, por favor escriba a iflores2@mdc.edu. Le informaremos si surge una oportunidad. Gracias por su interés. Sábado 9 de febrero 2019 9.30 am- 2.00 pm Este curso de cuatro horas es una invitación a leer, estudiar y disfrutar de los grandes cuentistas de hoy y de siempre. Mediante la lectura, el análisis literario y la discusión grupal recorreremos ejemplos de la historia,…

October 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 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,…

Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 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,…

September 2018

Saturday, September 15, 2018 @ 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,…

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 @ 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.…

August 2018

Saturday, August 25, 2018 @ 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?…

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