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The Center for Literature and Theater at MDC Announces 2011 Fall Creative Writing Courses

Andrea Askowitz

Author Andrea Askowitz will teach a memoir writing class.

Miami, September 8, 2011 - The Center for Literature and Theater at Miami Dade College (MDC), formerly known as the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, has announced its new  Fall Creative Writing Courses. Featuring a roster of talented authors as instructors, the courses run from Sept. 19 through Nov. 18. Which one is right for you? Check the list of courses below to learn more:  

Mondays, September 19 - November 7 
6:30-8:30 p.m. | Registration $170
Writing the World with Tom Swick

In this course travel writer Thomas Swick will cover the three steps in writing a travel story: research before the trip, legwork while on site, and writing when back home. He will discuss not only what to read but what to watch and listen to. He will give tips on going beyond observation to participation, getting beneath the surface of a place. And he will show how to use personal voice, point of view, narrative flow, imagination, humor and insight to create an evocative travel story.

Tuesdays, September 20 - November 8 
6:30-8:30 p.m. | Registration $170
What’s Your Story? Writing Memoir with Andrea Askowitz

If a memory has lingered, there is a story behind it. Each week we will excavate these stories with in-class writing exercises. We will also discuss and explore aspects of storytelling found in professional writing, which we will then practice in our in-class exercises and homework assignments.  All writing will be read out loud and work-shopped within the group.  Students will also be encouraged to bring in stories they are working on outside of class. 

Tuesdays, September 20 - November 8 
6:30-8:30 p.m. | Registration $170
Introduction to Fiction Writing with George Tucker

Fascinated by plot, character and conflict? Introduction to Fiction Writing is an entry-level class suitable for novice writers. Topics will cover common writing mistakes, the secrets of compelling storytelling, and how to develop great ideas for your stories. Students will be expected to compose character sketches, scenes and a completed story by the end of the course.  

Wednesdays, September 21 - November 9

6:30-8:30 p.m. | Registration $170

KidLit: The World of Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult Fiction with Marjetta Geerling

Explore the multi-layered, multi-genre world of children's literature through a mix of discussion, writing activities, and writing workshop. From the theoretical to nitty-gritty, hands-on craft techniques, we’ll tackle how to construct and revise a picture book, middle grade, or young adult novel, and what to do with it once you’re done.

Thursdays, September 22 - November 10
6:30-8:30 p.m. | Registration $170
Talking Plot: Structuring Fiction and Nonfiction with David Beaty 

In the first part of this course, we'll take a close look at plot and narrative design in the stories of Anton Chekhov, Isaac Babel, D. H. Lawrence, Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway and others. In the second part, students will bring in their own fiction and nonfiction to be read and discussed by the class, with particular emphasis on structure and plot. 

Saturdays, September 24 – November 12

10 a.m. – noon | Registration $170

La Ventana Infinita: Taller de Literature Infantil con Andres Pi
(Creative Writing Workshop in SPANISH)

Saturdays, September 24 – November 12

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Registration $170

Construcción de Personajes Inolvidables: Taller Especializado de Narrativa con Chely Lima 

(Creative Writing Workshop in SPANISH)

Don’t miss the 2011 Fall Writers Institute!

Wednesday, November 16 - Friday, November 18, 2011

Three days of intensive workshops on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, publishing, and more! All of them taught by respected visiting authors and agents in the heart of downtown. Workshops will include Keeping Fiction Wild with Pablo Medina; Oulipo Tricks with Ana Menendez, Secrets of Publishing with Amy Rennert, workshops in Spanish, and more! For more information, visit

*Creative Writing Courses Refunds Policy

For courses that meet more than three times, full refunds will be given to participants who notify the Florida Center for the Literary Arts by e-mail or fax at least THREE BUSINESS DAYS before the first day of class that they wish to cancel. No refunds will be given once class begins. Allow at least two weeks for refunds to be processed. If a course must be canceled for any reason, you will receive a complete refund. (The Writers Institute has its own refund policy. Please refer to that Web page/brochure for more information).

All Fall Creative Writing Courses will be held at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave. Discounted rates are available for MDC staff, as well as students currently enrolled in credit courses. To register, or to obtain more information, please call 305-237-3940, or visit The Center at MDC website at


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