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The Center for Literature and Theater at MDC Announces Schedule for Its Spring 2012 Miami Writers Institute

Space is limited so early registration is encouraged
2010 Writers Institute - Connie May Fowler-alt

Writers Institute instructor Connie May Fowler teaches participants how to write great scenes for fiction and non-fiction during the 2010 workshop.

Miami, February 13, 2012 - This spring, aspiring writers will have the opportunity to learn techniques and get publishing advice when The Center of Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC), (formerly known as the Florida Center for the Literary Arts), presents its prestigious Miami Writers Institute from Wednesday, May 2 through Saturday, May 5, at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

This year the Writer’s Institute will offer a variety of workshops for both beginners and advanced writers, which include two-, three- and four-day workshops with authors, as well as one-on-one manuscript consultations with literary agents. 

The comprehensive set of workshops will focus on craft, exploring different genres such as fiction, including crime, non-fiction, including memoir, and poetry, as well as the business of publishing. All courses are taught by accomplished authors or publishing professionals with extensive teaching experience. The Writers Institute offers flexible packages; participants may attend just one workshop if their time is limited take advantage of the full creative writing program for a deep discount. 

Since space in most workshops is limited to 15 students, The Center encourages everyone who is interested to register now at Also, there are early deadlines for participation in some workshops. Visit the website for more information. 

One workshop will be taught in Spanish, but all others, as well as manuscript consultations, will be conducted entirely in English. Visit for specific details on the Spanish workshops. 

Workshops offered at the 2012 Spring Miami Writers Institute: 

Three-day Workshops | Wednesday, May 2 through Friday, May 4; 2 - 5 p.m. | Cost $250 each:
*Building a Story: A Fiction Workshop with Ann Hood
*Writing Crime Fiction with SJ Rozan
*Writing for Book Deals: From Pitch to Proposal with Ryan D. Harbage

Four-day Workshops | Wednesday, May 2 - Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. - 12 noon | Cost $300 each:
*The Masked Poet: A Poetry Workshop with Marilyn Nelson
*Telling It True: Writing About Place, People and the World with Dinty W. Moore
*Master Workshop on Writing Memoir with Da Chen
*Taller Sobre la Ficción con Homero Aridjis (Spanish)

Two-day Workshops | Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4 | 6-8 p.m. | Cost $100
*How to Get Published Successfully with Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry

Other Programs of the 2012 Spring Miami Writers Institute 

Manuscript Consultations: Get Feedback From the Pros with Ryan D. Harbage, Erin Hosier or Melissa Sarver
Cost $80
Literary professionals Ryan D. Harbage, Erin Hosier or Melissa Sarver will read participants work samples then meet one-on-one for a 15-minute consultation. Dates vary as participants must first register online then wait for email confirmation of their appointment date and time. The last day to submit a manuscript for consultation with a literary agent is April 16. To learn how to prepare for this one-on-one manuscript consultation, visit

Lunchtime Reads
Each day, gather for lunch and hear Writers Institute faculty read from their work. The cost of lunch is included for participants registered for at least one Institute workshop. A limited number of lunches will be available for purchase on site that same day. The general public is invited to attend and purchase lunch.
Wednesday, May 2, 12:30-1:30 p.m. with David Henry Sterry and Dinty W. Moore
Thursday, May 3, 12:30-1:30 p.m. with Da Chen and SJ Rozan
Friday, May 4, 12:30-1:30 p.m. with Marilyn Nelson and Ann Hood
Saturday, May 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m. with Homero Aridjis followed by open mic for Writers Institute participants.

Pitch-o-Rama 2012
The Writers Institute will culminate with the popular Pitch-o-rama on Saturday, May 5 from 2-5 p.m. Pitch-o-rama is an American Idol-style program for writers during which audience members will have the opportunity pitch their book idea in front of a panel of literary agents and other book industry professionals. Pitch-o-rama is the only part of the Writers Institute that is free and open to the general public. Pitches are only 1-minute long. The sign-up desk will open at 1 p.m. for the general public. Writers Institute registrants will be able to sign-up from noon on. For tips to prepare, visit

*The Writers Institute Refund Policy
Please note that because enrollment in most workshops is limited to 15 students, The Center must have ample time to seek and register a replacement should a participant be forced to cancel his/her attendance to the Writers Institute. For that reason, the deadline to cancel registration for any workshop or lecture and receive a full refund is Monday, April 2, 2012. After that date, The Center will not be able to offer any refunds. 

All 2012 Writers Institute workshops 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 the Center’s main line, 305-237-3940, or Nicole Swift at 305-237-3023,, or visit The Center at MDC website at

About The Center
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.

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