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The Center for Literature and Theatre @ MDC Announces New Schedule for its Fall 2013 Creative Writing Courses & Miami Writers Institute Workshops during the 30th Edition of its Miami Book Fair International

Space is limited; early registration is encouraged

Writers' Workshops @ MDC's The Center

Miami, July 30, 2013 - Starting this fall, aspiring writers will have the opportunity to shift their right-brain into gear and brush up on their creative writing skills, as the prestigious Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC) presents its annual fall 2013 Creative Writing Courses, in English and Spanish. Taught by renowned poets, authors, editors, and educators, the courses will take place Thursday, Sept. 12 – Thursday, Nov. 7 at MDC's Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. The Center will also present its esteemed Miami Writers Institute from Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Friday, Nov. 22, during the 30th edition of its Miami Book Fair International, at the Wolfson Campus. One and three-day workshops will cover topics such as collaborative writing, structuring a novel, and writing for young adults, among other topics. 

Some of this year's Fall Creative Writing Courses include:
To better serve South Florida's community, courses will also be offered at two outreach locations: Books & Books in Coral Gables, and MDC's Koubek Center, in Miami.

Miami Noir: A Fiction Workshop with David Beaty
8 Thursdays, Sept. 12 – Nov. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $170
MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave, Miami

Clase Magistral de Análisis y Creatividad Literaria con Edmundo Paz-Soldan
1 Saturday, September 14, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., $60
MDC Koubek Center, 2705 SW Third St, Miami

Flash NON-Fiction with M.J. Fievre
8 Tuesdays, Sept. 17 – Nov. 5, 7-9 p.m., $170
MDC Wolfson Campus

Finish Your Novel – the TV Way! with Anjanette Delgado
8 Wednesdays, Sept. 18 – Nov. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $170
MDC Wolfson Campus

The Poet's Place with Adrian Castro
4 Saturdays, Sept. 21 – Oct. 12, 10 a.m.–noon, $100
Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

Some of this year's Miami Writers Institute workshops include: 

Three-day Workshops
Writing Someone Else's Story: Collaborative Writing with Patricia Mulcahy
Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Friday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m.–Noon, $225

The First 20 Pages:  Establishing Voice, Method and Narrative Stakes at the Beginning of Your Memoir with Bill Clegg and Jill Bialosky
Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Friday, Nov. 22, 2–5 p.m., $225

Writing Fiction with Esmeralda Santiago
Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Friday, Nov. 22, 2–5 p.m., $225

One-day Workshops
Writing YA: Spark, Structure and a Little Bit of Sparkle with Lauren Oliver
Friday, Nov. 22, 2–5 p.m., $110

Los Mecanismos Secretos de la Novela con Jorge Eduardo Benavides (Spanish)
Friday, Nov. 22, 2-5 p.m., $75

One-on-one manuscript consultations with literary agents are by appointment only. 

For information on the Center for Literature and Theatre @ MDC, the 2013 Fall Creative Writing Courses, and the Miami Writers Institute, including full descriptions, instructor bios, and registration deadlines, please visit or e-mail Nicole Swift at

The Miami Book Fair, one of Miami's flagship cultural events, will treat book lovers to eight days of cultural and educational activities, including the beloved Evenings With… series, the Ibero-American Authors program, literacy and learning activities for children and teens during Generation Genius Days, and The Kitchen, demos and panels for food enthusiasts in partnership with the College's Miami Culinary Institute. To celebrate the 30th anniversary, the Fair organizers have launched a campaign that celebrates Miami's love and involvement with their hometown jewel. Visit the Fair's social media platforms for vintage photos, author Q&As (Including with authors who are already confirmed for this year!) and a sampling of the many reasons why Miami loves Book Fair:

For more information on the 30th Miami Book Fair International, please visit, call 305-237-3528 or email


Miami Book Fair International, widely considered the largest and finest literary event in the U.S., is the premier event of The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College, a part of MDCulture, the Cultural Affairs Department of the College. The Center promotes reading, writing and theater at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to all. Its Generation Genius programs for children and teens promote literacy and learning. Its creative writing program has national appeal, and courses are taught by local and visiting authors. It is also home to Prometeo Theatre, the nation's leading Spanish language, conservatory-style program offering training for actors, and featuring performances throughout the year. In 2012, the Center celebrated its tenth year with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theater arts.

Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners.

Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, The Florida Center for the Literary Arts, The Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live Arts performing arts series, The MDC Tower Theater Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s seven campuses and two centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, Associate in Arts and Science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

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