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The Center @ Miami Dade College and Books & Books Announce Creative Writing Workshops

Books and Books writing classes

Miami, February 22, 2012 - The Center @ Miami Dade College (MDC) is reaching out. The Center has partnered with local independent bookseller Books & Books to offer a series of workshops for writers starting March 3. The workshops of varying length will cover issues of craft as well as publishing, and will take place at Books & Books’ Coral Gables store, located at 265 Aragon Ave. The Center will advise students and process registrations.

Below is a complete list of workshops available:

Teen Writer's Boot Camp with Author Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Four Saturdays: March 3, 10, 17 and 31 (Please note class will not meet on Mar. 24)

From 10 a.m. – noon


Get that book or short story into shape. Aspiring teen authors will work on improving each of the key elements of character development, plot, setting and dialogue making their stories richer and more layered. All classes will blend discussion, hands-on exercises and critiques of the writer's current work-in-progress. The final class will cover a revision process to help turn the manuscript in to a final draft.

This workshop is designed to foster creativity and self-expression in a supportive atmosphere. There are no grades, exams, or wrong answers, just creative writing. Students will develop critical thinking and writing skills that will prove valuable in school and beyond. Better writers produce stronger college applications, and an extracurricular writing workshop is an impressive addition to any profile.

Social Networking for Writers with Communications Consultant Jami Reyes

Four Tuesdays: March 20 & 27, April 3 & 10

From 6 – 8 p.m.


Do you want to use social media to build a platform and connect with other writers and readers? Are you ready to promote yourself and your writing? Want to maximize your exposure on Twitter and Facebook? This workshop shows you how to create an online profile; determine which social networks are right for you (including the ones specifically created for authors); engage with others effectively; build connections; and manage your online presence.

Book Publicity 101 with Book Publicist Jessica Jonap

Thursday, Mar. 29, and Thursday, Apr. 5

From 6 – 8 p.m.


Book Publicist Jessica Jonap will offer an overview of the publicity process and tips for determining the most effective ways to promote your book. Whether you're a published author, or working on your first book, this workshop can help evaluate the manuscript, set realistic publicity goals and create a plan for achieving them. Learn the importance of drafting a persuasive book description for use in interviews and press materials, defining their key audience and identifying appropriate media outlets. Different techniques will be discussed fiction, non-fiction, self-published, and commercially published works.

Writing Your Novel the TV Way with Author Anjanette Delgado

Six Saturdays: April 21 – May 26, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


The next time you’re wondering how you’ll ever get through writing a novel, think about TV producers and writers of original series, even non-fiction shows. They have to visualize the whole thing in their heads, and process it all into a readable “series bible” before even receiving the green light from a studio. Learn to think like TV executives who see it, feel it and believe in it, and get your novel written!

The Center for Literature and Theater @ MDC promotes reading, writing and theater at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to all. Literacy projects target children and teens, as well as college students and adults. Its creative writing program has national appeal, and courses are taught by local and visiting authors. The Center produces the annual Miami Book Fair International, regarded as the largest and finest literary gathering in the U.S. 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 celebrates its 10th year with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theater arts.


To register and for more information, please visit, or contact Nicole.Swift at 305-237-3023,, or Lissette Mendez at 305-237-3940,


Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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