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.

Upcoming Events

July 2019

Saturday, July 27 @ 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.…

September 2019

Saturday, September 7 @ 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,…

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Past Events

June 2019

Thursday, June 6 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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?…

June 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 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!…

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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,…

April 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 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.…

March 2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018 @ 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.…

February 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 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,…

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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 –…

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 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,…

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?…

September 2017

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.…

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,…

August 2017

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.…

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,…

July 2017

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.…

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