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Annual Miami Writers Institute Registration Is Open; Renowned Authors and Experts to Hold Intensive Writing, Publishing Workshops


Annual Writers Institute, held from May 8-11, Miami, FL.

Miami, March 15, 2013 - Each year the Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College holds a well-attended Miami Writers Institute to help writers put their creative talents in motion and successfully publish their works. The event, held this year from Wednesday, May 8 to Saturday, May 11 at MDC’s downtown Wolfson Campus, features the biggest names among authors and other literary experts, who lead intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, memoir, pitching book ideas and publishing, including an in-depth look at publishing opportunities for Spanish-language authors. Registration is now open. Seating is very limited, so please register early!

 The Writers Institute will also sessions that are open to the public, such as Pitch-o-Rama on May 11, and  the daily Lunchtime Reads, from Wednesday to Friday. Lunch will be served free of charge for those registered for at least one Institute workshop. Others may purchase lunch for $10.  

 The free Pitch-o-Rama held Saturday, May 11, 2-4 p.m. at Books & Books in Coral Gables, provides a unique opportunity to practice the art of the one-minute pitch before a panel of literary agents and other industry professionals. Participation is free. Those not registered for the workshops may sign up starting at 1 p.m. on May 11. Books & Books is located at 265 Aragon Avenue.

 Publishing Seminar with Literary Agent David Hale Smith
2-days: Thursday, May 9 - Friday, May 10, 6 - 8 p.m.
The seminar covers the publishing process, from submissions, finding an agent and contract negotiations, to subsidiary rights and book marketing after publication. The cost is $100 (does not include lunch).

 Manuscript Consultations will be available to the public as well. Get feedback on your manuscript in one-on-one, 15-minute sessions with literary agents Kim Perel and David Hale Smith. The cost is $80. Space is limited and registration is required. 

Fees for the workshops:
One three-day workshop: $250 (includes lunch through Friday)
One four-day workshop: $300 (includes lunch through Friday)
Any two workshops: $450

The Whole Enchilada – includes any two workshops, publishing seminar, plus one manuscript consultation: $600

Writing Fiction and Nonfiction: The Truth About Structure with Jacquelyn Mitchard
4-days: Wednesday, May 8 -Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m. - noon.

New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard uses a simple but profound exercise to reveal the truth of your story to the one who needs to understand it best – you. You'll learn a new way to think of the structure of your narrative, even in its newborn stages. You'll see how every story, in fiction or creative nonfiction, can be distilled to interlocking events. You'll want to keep the outcome of this workshop above your desk, and refer to it again and again as you write.

 Building the Novel with Novelist Mat Johnson 
3-days: Wednesday, May 8.-Friday, May 10, 2-5 p.m.

This course will analyze the structure of the novel, engaging in participants' novel-length manuscripts of fiction to identify and build on their strengths. Writers will exchange their works, share narrative strategies, and conduct the discussions vital to craft and the practice of fiction writing. Registrants should submit he first chapter of their novel by April 19 via e-mail to Visit for further instructions.

 Writing Poetry: Exploring Dickinson and Whitman with Campbell McGrath   
3 days:  Wednesday, May 8-Friday, May 10, 2 - 5 p.m.

In this workshop we will use the writing of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman as a starting point to explore the dazzling range of poetic possibility pioneered by those illustrious and complex literary writers. Participants will write and workshop their own poems.

Writing Memoir with Rosecrans Baldwin
4 days: Wednesday, May 8 - Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.- noon..
Over the course of four days, students will learn and practice narrative techniques to add dimension and persuasive power to their memoir writing. We'll specifically focus on how to create scenes; develop themes; establish characters; write vivid, realistic dialogue; research and use news sources; interview subjects; learn how to edit yourself; and develop structure, particularly for longer works.
 El Mercado Editorial y Tú (IN SPANISH ONLY) with Teresa Mlawyer  
2 días: miércoles 8 al jueves 9 de mayo, 6 - 8 p.m.
Si tu escribes en español y quieres publicar tu libro, Teresa Mlawer, líder veterana en el mercado editorial Hispano te proveerá una visión general comprensiva del mercado de editoriales en español en los Estados Unidos, España y Latino América.

  • WHEN: Wednesday, May 8, 8:00 AM - Saturday, May 11, 12:00 PM

For more information about the Miami Writers Institute, visit or call 305.237.3023 or 305.237.3940.

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