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Miami Book Fair International Presents Innovative Programming for Teachers, Librarians, Other Educators

Miami Bookfair International

Miami, October 12, 2012 - This year’s Miami Book Fair International, presented by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC), includes Teacher Fun Day!, a program designed to help teachers, librarians and other educators, such as homeschooling parents, perfect their craft and inspire creativity. Participants can expect tips, lesson plans and ideas that will inspire students to write, draw and channel their creativity. It will take place Thursday, November 15, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Registration is required and costs $30. To register, visit

The complete schedule for Teacher Fun Day! is as follows:

Intro and Welcome: 10 a.m.

Carol Fitzgerald, founder,, and

Session 1: 10:05 - 10:55 a.m.

"YES... AND!“ Using the Rules of Improv Comedy in Writing and the Classroom with Chris Grabenstein, author of  books for middle school students and frequent workshop leader.

Session 2: 11 - 11:50 a.m.

Pop-up Books and Paper Engineering with Matthew Reinhart, creator of pop-up books whose workshops on creating simple pop-ups are popular with people of all ages.

Lunch 11:50-12:50pm

Session 3: 1-1:50pm

Teaching Creative Writing with Scott Hutchins, novelist and professor of creative writing who leads a mentoring program for creative writing teachers-in-training at Berkeley.

Session 4:  2-2:50 p.m.

Keynote Presentation by Raina Telgemeier, multiple award winner and author of graphic novels for middle schoolers with experience teaching workshops all around the country.

The 29th edition of the Book Fair, the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, will take place November 11 – 18, 2012, at Miami Dade MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., in downtown Miami. The always-popular Street Fair runs Friday through Sunday, November 16 – 18, with more than 200 exhibitors from around the country selling books in a festive atmosphere.

Teacher Fun Day! Is made possible in part with the support of, and 


Miami Book Fair International is the largest and finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College. The Centerpromotes 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 celebrates 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 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 Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live Performing Arts Series, the Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 170,000 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.

For updates on Miami Book Fair International, please visit, call 305-237-3528, or email

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
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Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
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