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February 2018
Tuesday, February 20 @ 7:00 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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,…

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

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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 –…

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

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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,…

March 2018
Saturday, March 3 @ 9:00 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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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.…

May 2018
All day event.
Wednesday, May 9 @ 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 9 – Fri., May 11) | 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 9 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Fiction and Architecture with Min Jin Lee

3-Day Workshop Wednesday – Friday, May 9 – 11 | 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 9 @ 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 9 – 11 | 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 9 @ 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 9 – 12 | 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 9 @ 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 9 – 12 | 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 9 @ 9:30 am
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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What the Poem Wants with Cornelius Eady

4-Day Workshop Wednesday – Saturday, May 9 – 12 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. What does the poem want? This is a question that we will ask and explore together—through exercises, examples and informed talk we will sort those drafts out. Eady reads a lot—some of the manuscripts he has read for contests have turned into National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners. He will bring that level of attention to your voice. Not to win prizes,…

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

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Craft Talk Series: Lesley Nneka Arimah & Min Jin Lee

Continue your immersive experience by hearing nationally renowned authors explore various elements of the craft of creative writing. World-Building: A Craft Talk by Lesley Nneka Arimah The best short stories render worlds that read as though they existed before the story started and continue after the story ends. How does one create the impression of a continuous world? This happens with the judicious use of details to create texture and meaning. In this craft talk, we’ll discuss how to build the world where your story is set while simultaneously advancing the narrative arc and building character.…

Wednesday, May 9 @ 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 9 | 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 10 @ 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

2-Day Workshop Thursday – Friday, May 10 – 11 | 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.

Thursday, May 10 @ 2:30 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Craft Talk Series: Samuel G. Freedman & Ada Calhoun

Continue your immersive experience by hearing nationally renowned authors explore various elements of the craft of creative writing. Reporting and Writing Family History: A Craft Talk by Samuel G. Freedman Craft Talk: How do we report, research, and write about the people closest to us — our family members. Drawing on his book about his mother’s life as a young woman, “Who She Was,” Samuel Freedman of Columbia Journalism School will teach and discuss some of the best practices for doing this biographically and emotionally intensive work.…

Thursday, May 10 @ 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

10, 11 y 12 de mayo (Curso de tres clases) Jueves 10 y viernes 11:  6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Sábado 12: 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.…

Friday, May 11 @ 2:30 pm
Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

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Craft Talk Series: Sara Benincasa and Cornelius Eady

Continue your immersive experience by hearing nationally renowned authors explore various elements of the craft of creative writing. When You’re Stuck: How to Move Again: A Craft Talk by Sara Benincasa As writers, we all know the feeling of being stuck on a project. With warmth and humor, this talk will cover ways to jog the brain, unblock oneself, and feel relief in place of shame and worry while writing. Try out different techniques in advance to have a toolkit of options available to you the next time writer’s block strikes.…

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