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.
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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.

Upcoming Events

May 2017
Wednesday, May 3 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,
Matejka

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.

Wednesday, May 3 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,
Yanique

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,
turner

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 @ 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 @ 2:30 pm
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,
Pierce

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.

Thursday, May 4 @ 6:00 pm
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,
montero

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.

Thursday, May 4 @ 7:30 pm
Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, 33132,
marr-1

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.

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.