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Polish Your Creative Writing Skills In 2009

Miami Dade College’s Florida Center for Literary Arts Offers Workshops Starting Feb. 2
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Miami, January 6, 2009 - The Florida Center for Literary Arts at Miami Dade College (MDC) makes it easy to keep those creative writing resolutions this year with a new slate of classes. From “Capturing the Immigrant Experience” for fiction and nonfiction writers, to poetry, magazine writing and more, registration is now open for eight workshops in English and Spanish. Here’s a complete list of creative writing workshops offered this spring.

  • Capturing the Muted Voice- Mondays, Feb. 2 – Mar. 23, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Artist Alexis Caputo uses literary and interpretive arts (theatre), activist theatre techniques (theatre games and practices), media images, performance and presentation to stimulate and feed creativity for the seasoned and emerging writer.
  • Mining Your Life for Fiction- Mondays, Feb. 2 – Mar. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    You’ve always wanted to write about it, but your mother (sister/best friend/ex-spouse/rich uncle) would kill you. Memoirist Norma Watkins teaches how to turn the untellable truth into fiction.
  • Breaking into Magazines...and Staying In- Wednesdays, Feb. 3 – Mar. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Writing for magazines is not just good for your wallet—it’s great for your resume, especially if you are trying to sell a book-length work. Magazine writer Claudia Forestieri will impart break-in tactics and strategies for maintaining a freelance career.
  • Poetry-Wednesdays, Feb. 4 – Mar. 25, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Award-winning poet Emma Trelles introduces writers to contemporary poetry through the framework of chapbooks, mini-collections of poems valued for their tight focus on subject, detail, and voice.
  • Writing and Publishing Bilingual Picture Books- Wednesdays, Feb. 4 – Mar. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Bilingual picture books have their own niche and are in great demand because they reflect our diverse society. Award-winning children’s author Lucia Gonzalez introduces students to writing, publishing, and marketing bilingual picture books.   
  • Diaspora Tales: Capturing the Immigrant Experience-Saturdays, Feb. 7 – Mar. 28, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Liz Balmaseda, author of the upcoming Sweet Mary, will lead this class for fiction and nonfiction writers seeking to explore the common threads of the immigrant experience.
  • Writing Your Novel the TV Way- Saturdays, Feb. 7 – Mar. 28, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
    The next time you’re wondering how you’ll ever get through the writing of a novel, think about the creators of TV shows. Emmy Award-winning TV producer and author Anjanette Delgado will show students how to think like the TV executive who sees it, feels it and believes in it–and get your novel written!

Creative Writing Workshops in Spanish:

  • Desarollo de los Personajes Literarios (Developing Characters in Literature) – Saturdays, Feb. 7 – Mar. 28, 10 a.m. a 12 p.m.
    Dr. Emilio de Armas will lead this workshop in Spanish with a focus on creating characters and believable character interaction. All writing levels welcome.
  • Misterios y claves del oficio de escribir—Taller especializado de narrative (Mysteries and Secrets about the craft of writing) – Saturdays, Feb. 7 – Mar. 28, 10 a.m. a 12 p.m.
    Author Chely Lima helps writers deepen their understanding of the craft of creating narratives through this advanced workshop in Spanish.

All workshops will take place at the Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., in downtown Miami.  Tuition for each eight-week workshop is $170. Discounted rates are available for MDC staff and students currently enrolled in credit courses. To register, please visit, e-mail Claudia Forestieri at or Lissette Mendez at, or call 305.237.3940.

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 Workshops offer writers in our 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.

For more information, including instructor bios, please visit the FCLA website at

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