Creative Writing Workshops

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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

August 2017
Saturday, August 26 @ 9:00 am - Sunday, August 27 @ 4:00 pm
Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

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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,…

Saturday, August 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

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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…

September 2017
Tuesday, September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Character Development with Fabienne Josaphat

Tuesdays, September 19 - October 24 (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. Through a set…

Saturday, September 23 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Coral Gables Museum (Perrin International Hall)
285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

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

Saturday - Sunday, September 23 - 24 (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…

Past Events

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

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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…

Saturday, July 15 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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…

June 2017
Wednesday, June 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

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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,…

Saturday, June 24 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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…

April 2017
Wednesday, April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

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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…

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

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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…

February 2017
Saturday, February 25 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Various Locations

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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. Through vivid…

Thursday, February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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…

Wednesday, February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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…

Tuesday, February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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…

Tuesday, February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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…

Tuesday, February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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. How to…

Saturday, February 18 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

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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, 1977), a veces…

Wednesday, February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

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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…

October 2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

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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…

Saturday, October 1, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

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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…

September 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

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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…

Saturday, September 17, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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 17, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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…

Saturday, September 17, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

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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…

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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…

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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…

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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.

July 2016
Saturday, July 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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…

Saturday, July 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am - Saturday, July 30, 2016 @ 1:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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, as well as what is…

June 2016
Thursday, June 30, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - Thursday, July 28, 2016 @ 9:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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. How to…

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How to Tell True Stories, Out Loud

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - Tuesday, August 2, 2016 @ 9:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Saturday, June 11, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

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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…

Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

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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…

February 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 9:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

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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.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - Tuesday, April 12, 2016 @ 9:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - Tuesday, March 15, 2016 @ 8:30 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Fiction Through Time and Place with Fabienne Josaphat

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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.