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MDC’s Florida Center for the Literary Arts Rolls Out Summer Creative Writing Courses

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Miami City of Refuge/FCLA Resident Author Chenjerai Hove

Miami, June 13, 2011 - Summertime is sharpen-your-writing-skills time at the Florida Center for the Literary Arts (FCLA) at Miami Dade College (MDC). Starting on Tuesday, June 14, the FCLA will begin offering its six-week Summer Creative Writing Courses, available for all levels, from beginners to published authors. Below is a complete list of classes:  

Tuesdays, June 14 - July 19
Introduction to Fiction: Writing from Experience with Chenjerai Hove
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

$125 (Current MDC faculty and credit students: $100)

In this introductory creative writing workshop, FCLA resident author, Chenjerai Hove, will discuss how to transform personal experience into works of fiction. Through the use of inspirational examples, informal question-and-answer sessions and writing exercises, Hove will guide students who are beginning their journeys as fiction writers.

Tuesdays, June 14 - July 19
Subject U: Memoir and First-Person Narratives with Cecilia Fernandez
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

$125 (Current MDC faculty and credit students: $100)

This course will explore the basics of writing first-person narratives and examine the differences between the personal essay, memoir, and creative or literary nonfiction. Participants will write five short pieces, including opinion or personal essays, slice-of-life pieces, childhood memoir, stories about other people, reported stories in the first person. Work will be read and discussed in class.

Thursdays, June 16 - July 21
A Novel Approach: From Idea to Publication with Kristi Cook
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. $125 (Current MDC faculty and credit students: $100)

This course will explore the development of a novel, from the seed of an idea through the writing and publication process. Topics covered include setting, plotting, characterization, conflict, dialogue, pacing, and revising, as well as writing an effective query letter, seeking representation, and topics related to current publishing options. By the end of the term, participants will have a fully formed idea, a clean synopsis and, in many cases, the first three chapters (a proposal) and the tools necessary to complete a first draft they can work on in subsequent workshops. They will also learn what to do with it (i.e. query literary agents and/or pursue publication options) when they do finish the book.

The Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College promotes reading and writing throughout the year by consistently presenting high-quality literary activities open to all in South Florida. FCLA’s Creative Writing Courses offer writers in the community the chance to share their work with a supportive, yet critical community of writers whose goal is continual development. All workshops are non-credit and open to everyone in the community. It also coordinates the college’s world renowned Miami Book Fair International every fall.

All Summer Creative Writing Courses will be held at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave. To register, or to obtain more information, please call 305-237-3940 / 305-237-3633, or visit the FCLA website at


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