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

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Emma Trelles

Miami, May 24, 2010 - This summer, the renowned Florida Center for the Literary Arts (FCLA) at Miami Dade College (MDC) will offer three Creative Writing Courses covering fiction, non-fiction and character development taught by locally and internationally-renown authors. 

This year’s instructors include Zimbabwean author, poet, essayist, playwright, and human rights activist Chenjerai Hove, who in 1988 received one of the highest prizes in literature on the African Continent for his novel Bones. He is also the first Miami: City of Refuge writer-in-residence, hosted by FCLA.

Elaine Raco Chase is the author of 14 bestselling romance novels, two award-winning mystery novels, edited a book of mystery short stories and was nominated for the prestigious Agatha Christie Award for her bestselling book Amateur Detective.

Essayist, poet, journalist, and visual artist Emma Trelles is a two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize for poetry, among other recognitions. Her work has appeared in several publications, such as The Miami Herald, Gulf Stream, Newsday, Latina magazine, and Verse Daily, to name a few.

A complete list of FCLA’s Summer Creative Writing Courses:

Introduction to Fiction: Writing from Experience
Instructor: Chenjerai Hove
Tuesdays, June 1-July 6
 6:30-8:30 pm

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.

My Aim is True: How to Write Creative Nonfiction
Instructor: Emma Trelles
Saturdays, June 5- July 17
10 am-12 pm

The essay writer is an artist and a chronicler. This class considers how to write exceptional prose looking at the use of image, voice and language, as well as the juicy facts and details that give non-fiction power. Students will write their own prose pieces, and keep a notebook for the things that inspire their writing.

Creating Compelling Characters
Instructor: Elaine Raco Chase
Saturdays, June 5-July 17
10 am-12 pm

From Sherlock Holmes, who still gets mail daily, to Scarlett and Rhett, to Hannibal Lector and Nancy Drew- fictional characters often stay in the hearts and minds of readers. This intensive writing class will cover six steps to creating compelling characters, show how settings can be strong characters as well and how to create villains that people love to hate. 

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, or visit the FCLA website at


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