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!

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Online registration now open! Please visit workshop pages below to make your selection.
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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 at 305.237.3258 if you require clarification.

Upcoming Events

May 2018
All day event.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 12:00 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Manuscript Consultations with Liz Van Hoose

Various times, as appointed (Wed., May 2 – Fri., May 4) | Consultations are limited to 30 people. Genre preferences: Adult trade general fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. Please no thrillers/YA/sci-fi/erotica/romance. Manuscripts must be a max of 10 double-spaced pages, formatted as follows: Must include a single-spaced, one-page synopsis of the overall manuscript. 12-point font, Times New Roman, with 1-inch margins. Double-spaced, with page numbers and the author’s name and email in the header of each page. Files must be in .doc,…

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Ross-Gay

Investigating the Fissures: A Poetry Workshop with Ross Gay

4-Day Workshop Wednesday – Saturday, May 2 – 5 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. In this workshop we will be investigating the fissures and breaks, the cracks and impossibles in our poems, in order to discover if we might have deeper truths beneath the ones that have thus far offered themselves to us.  Bring poems you have questions about, and poems that have questions for you.  Also!  We will play at collaborative generative projects. Ross Gay is the author of three books: Against Which; …

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Mastering Narrative Non-Fiction with Samuel G. Freedman

3-Day Workshop Wednesday – Friday, May 2 – 4 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. In this workshop, participants will learn the principles of reporting and writing long-form narrative non-fiction, whether for magazine articles or books. They will also get detailed instruction in how to develop a book proposal, which is essential for an aspiring author to get a literary agent. And there will be discussion of the current state of the publishing industry. Samuel G.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Min-Jin-Lee

Fiction and Architecture with Min Jin Lee

4-Day Workshop Wednesday – Saturday, May 2 – 5 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. How do you furnish a room, build a house, populate a village, design a city, or make a nation? Let’s start with clumsy sketches and bold, intimidating plans. In this workshop, we will draft blueprints of our fictional worlds, giving ourselves plenty of room to err. As we revise our plans and dream up our foundations, we will write characters and scenes.…

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Making Fiction True: Adding Texture and Meaning with Lesley Nneka Arimah

3-Day Workshop Wednesday – Friday, May 2 – 4 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. In this workshop, we will learn how to add dimension to stories so that they become multifaceted. We will create layers within the narrative so that our characters move through authentic worlds, whether those worlds are realistic or fantastic. Every story has a central question, but around this central question is an entire narrative ecosystem. This workshop will consider how to craft this narrative ecosystem with authenticity and complexity.…

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Ada-Calhoun

Memoir Workshop: From Brainstorming to Final Edits with Ada Calhoun

4-Day Workshop Wednesday – Saturday, May 2 – 5 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. In this four-day workshop, author Ada Calhoun will lead discussions on each stage of the memoir process: writing, research, rewriting, and submitting work for publication. Class members will read and discuss one another’s drafts, as well as inspiring examples of the form. The focus of this workshop will be on finding your own unique way to interweave the personal and the universal.…

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Character Development Workshop: Get to Know Your People with Sara Benincasa

4-Day Workshop Wednesday – Saturday, May 3 – 6 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Blending in-class readings and lots of writing exercises, we’ll use the fiction workshop as a space to really get to know your characters. Come to class with no idea who you’ll create, or arrive with someone half-formed in your mind. We’ll find out what your characters want, what they need, how they move, whom they love. By the end of the workshop you may know your characters better than you know your best friend or yourself.…

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Publishing Seminar: Putting Your Best Book Forward with Liz Van Hoose 

1-Day Publishing Seminar Wednesday, May 2 | 7 – 9 p.m. Got a novel? A memoir? A great idea for a narrative nonfiction work on the secret history of butterflies? This seminar will cover the fundamentals of getting your manuscript published to its fullest potential. Pairing participant feedback with guidance from a book industry perspective, we’ll explore the publishing path from agent pitch to book launch. Topics Include: How do I pitch my book in 50 words or less?…

Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ 6:30 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Cómo contar para que la historia funcione. Un taller intensivo con Claudia Piñeiro

3, 4 y 5 de mayo (Curso de tres clases) Jueves 3 y viernes 4:  6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Sábado 5: De 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Estrategias del oficio de guionista y otras disciplinas al servicio de la literatura. ¿Dónde empezar? ¿Cómo crear la curva dramática de un personaje? ¿Qué estructura sostiene mejor la historia? Abismo, climax punto de giro y otras herramientas al servicio de lo literario. ​ Claudia Piñeiro es escritora, dramaturga y guionista.…

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Past Events

May 2017
Saturday, May 6
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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, United States

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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 United States

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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 United States

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.

Wednesday, May 3 @ 2:30 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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 United States

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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 United States

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 United States

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.

May 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Books & Books @ the Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, United States

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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 winner receives an introduction by Eckstut and Sterry to an agent or publisher that is appropriate for their work.…

All day event.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Miracle Theatre
280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States

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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 a spontaneous night like no other.…

Friday, May 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
Books & Books at the Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, United States

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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, United States

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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
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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.

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