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Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution which does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, disability, national origin, marital status, religion, age or veteran’s status. Contact the office of equal opportunity programs/ADA coordinator at 305-237.0269 for more information.

Eduardo J. Padrón, President, Miami Dade College Madeline Pumariega, Campus President, Wolfson Campus

Miami Dade College District Board of Trustees Helen Aguirre Ferré, Chair • Armando J. Bucelo Jr., Vice Chair Mariana “Marili” L. Cancio • Robert H. Fernández Jose K. Fuentes • Benjamín León III • Marielena A. Villamil

With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Supporters of The Center @ MDC include:

The Center @ Miami Dade College promotes reading, writing and theatre throughout the year by consistently presenting high-quality activities open to all in South Florida.

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Four days of intensive workshops on fiction, nonfiction, poetry and more! Taught by respected visiting writers in the heart of downtown Miami. Quality workshops? Of course. But the Writers Institute is so much more: · Manuscript Consultations – Get feedback on your manuscript in one-on-one sessions with literary agents Ryan D. Harbage, Erin Hosier and Melissa Sarver. Space is limited. For more information, see page 3. · Publishing Seminar – How To Get Published Successfully
 with Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry. For more information, see page 4. · Lunchtime Reads – Each day, gather for lunch and hear Writers Institute faculty read from their work. For more information, see page 8. · Pitch-O-Rama 2012! – On Saturday, May 5, practice the art of the one-minute pitch before a panel of industry pros. Get feedback on your book idea and free advice. For more information, see page 8.

Ready to register? Want to learn more? Visit us on the Web at www.theCenteratMDC.org and click on Writers Institute. Follow the instructions to register online. Deadlines, fees and more information on the following pages. For expanded workshop descriptions and biographical information on workshop facilitators, please visit our website, www.theCenteratMDC.org.

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Deadlines March 30: Early-bird Registration – Register by this date and enter a drawing to win a FREE manuscript consultation (an $80 value)! April 2: Deadline to submit a manuscript for workshop with Da Chen or Ann Hood April 16: Last day to submit a manuscript for consultation with a literary agent April 23: Registration deadline Note: Space in workshops is limited. Register as soon as possible to secure your space. Payment must be received at time of registration and must have cleared at least five business days prior to the first day of class. Please note registration deadlines for each course. Please speak to a member of our registration staff if you require clarification.

Registration Fees • One three-day workshop: $250 (includes lunch Wednesday to Friday) • One four-day workshop: $300 (includes lunch Wednesday to Saturday) • Any two workshops: $450 • Publishing Seminar: $100 (does not include lunch) • Manuscript consultation: $80* • The whole enchilada: $600 (any two workshops, Publishing Seminar, plus one manuscript consultation - a $730 value!) *Manuscript consultation fees are not reading fees and do not go to the agent; rather they support the programs and initiatives of The Center @ MDC.

Workshops, deadlines and other information at time of printing. For updates, please visit www.theCenteratMDC.org.

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Manuscript Consultations Get Feedback from the Pros:

Ryan D. Harbage, Erin Hosier and Melissa Sarver By appointment only. Literary professionals Ryan D. Harbage, Erin Hosier or Melissa Sarver will read a sample of your work, then meet with you for a one-on-one, 15-minute consultation. SPACE IS LIMITED.

Erin Hosier has been agenting since 2001. She got her start at The Gernert Company, and moved to Dunow, Carlson & Lerner in 2007. Recent projects include the biography of 1970, Fire & Rain by David Browne (Da Capo), the memoir,The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure (Riverhead), and Flatscreen, a debut novel from Adam Wilson (Harper Perennial). She primarily works with nonfiction authors and has a special interest in popular culture, music, sociology and memoir.

ERIN HOSIER

Ryan D. Harbage is founder of The FischerHarbage Agency. He represents several bestselling authors, including Frank Calabrese Jr., Bill Eppridge, Aliya S. King, Robert Graysmith and Edward Klein. He has placed books with all major publishers in the U.S. and the U.K. Prior to being recruited to work as an agent, Harbage was an editor at Simon Spotlight Entertainment, Little, Brown & Company and Dutton/ Viking/Plume at The Penguin Group (USA). Ryan teaches nonfiction writing at The New School, Pratt and Mediabistro.

RYAN D. HARBAGE

Via e-mail, forward a 10-page sample of your manuscript (preferably the first 10 pages) as a Microsoft Word attachment to nicole.swift@mdc.edu. In the subject line, type “Manuscript Consultation� and your last name. Samples should have page numbers, be double-spaced, have 1.5 inch margins, and 12 point type set in Times New Roman. Your name, phone number and e-mail address should appear on the first page. Also, attach a ONE PAGE synopsis of your manuscript in the same format. In order to give your consultant time to review your work, submissions must be received NO LATER THAN 5 p.m. April 16.

Literary Agency in 2006. In fiction she is interested in adult, YA and middle grade, and is looking for literary and commercial projects. She especially enjoys family sagas, multicultural stories and similarly emotional stories with dystopian themes. In nonfiction, she is looking for voice-driven narrative nonfiction, memoir, lifestyle, business, travel writing, pop culture, cookbooks and food writing.

MELISSA SARVER

Melissa Sarver joined The Elizabeth Kaplan

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Arielle Eckstut & David Henry Sterry 2-day publishing seminar

How To Get Published Successfully Meets daily: Thurs., May 3 - Fri., May 4, 6 - 8 p.m.. It is the greatest time in history to be a writer. The barrier to publishing has been torn down and now anyone can get published. But to get published successfully is a whole other matter. Eckstut and Sterry, authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, take you through the entire publishing process. Topics covered include choosing the right idea; creating a blockbuster title; crafting an attention-getting pitch; putting together a selling proposal/manuscript; finding the right agent/publisher; self-publishing effectively with ebooks, print-on-demand or traditional printing; developing sales, marketing and publicity savvy; producing a video book trailer and helping it go viral; building a following through social media; and more. Together, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, have appeared everywhere from NPR's "Morning Edition" to The New York Times to USA Today. They have taught writers about publishing everywhere, from Stanford University to the Miami Book Fair, to the granddaddy of American bookstores, Strand Books in New York City. Their book, The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, is the go-to book on the subject, and contains all the information you'll ever need, taking you through the entire process of conceiving, writing, selling, marketing and promoting your book. For information on Eckstut's and Sterry's individual accomplishments, visit our website.

Ryan D. Harbage 3-day workshop

Writing for Book Deals: From Pitch to Proposal Meets daily: Wed., May 2 - Fri., May 4, 2 - 5 p.m. This workshop is ideal for nonfiction writers, from authors of memoir to practical nonfiction, although novelists will benefit too. Just as television writers need a spec script and musicians need a demo to get agents and deals, authors of memoir and nonfiction need a book proposal — and novelists need a pitch, overview and query letter. Lectures include a thorough description of each component of a book proposal, a concise breakdown of how agents and publishers work, how to find and secure an agent and how writers are compensated.

Ryan D. Harbage is founder of The Fischer-Harbage Agency. For complete biographical information, please see page 3.

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SJ Rozan 3-day workshop

Writing Crime Fiction Meets daily: Wed., May 2 - Fri., May 4, 2 - 5 p.m. Character, setting, plot, theme and voice are the tools all writers use to create good and enduring fiction. Crime writers, in addition, must ask and answer high-stakes story questions: Why this death? Who else is in danger? What will "justice" mean in this situation? This workshop will discuss these points, focusing on examples from a variety of crime fiction. Participants will do in-class exercises designed to enable them to employ these tools in individual ways. Time will be allowed for discussion, ranging from issues of style to questions about publishing.

SJ Rozan, a life-long New Yorker, is the author of thirteen novels and three-dozen short stories. She's an Edgar, Shamus, Anthony, Nero and Macavity winner, as well as a recipient of the Japanese Maltese Falcon award. SJ has been guest of honor at a number of fan conventions, and in 2003, was an invited speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos. She's served on the boards of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and as president of Private Eye Writers of America. She leads writing workshops and lectures widely. Her latest book is Ghost Hero.

Ann Hood 3-day workshop

Building a Story: A Fiction Workshop Meets daily: Wed., May 2 - Fri., May 4, 2 - 5 p.m. For a short story or novel to work, it must have a strong, solid beginning. On the first day, we will look at your opening and discuss its strengths and weaknesses, as well as how to improve it. You will rewrite with those suggestions in mind for the second day. With a polished opening, bring in what comes next on the final day. When you leave, you will have a polished beginning and what that will lead into. Five pages from your first chapter or opening scenes must be submitted by April 2 via e-mail to nicole.swift@mdc.edu. Use page numbers and double space. Visit www.theCenteratMDC.org for further instructions.

Ann Hood is the award-winning author of Somewhere Off The Coast Of Maine, the

bestselling novel, The Knitting Circle, and the memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly and was a New York Times Editor's Choice. She is the author of eight other books, including one on the craft of writing, Creating Character Emotions.

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Marilyn Nelson 4-day workshop

The Masked Poet: A Poetry Workshop Meets daily: Wed., May 2 - Sat., May 5, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This workshop will tackle the persona poem and the dramatic monologue, and begins with directed readings of several master poets, seeking to understand their methods for inventing speaker and voice in a complexly-articulated, "believable" world. We will outline a sequence of poetic assignments, and then review poems from the workshop, considering them in light of our models.

Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of fourteen books and five chapbooks. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN Winship Award, the Lenore Marshall Prize and Los Angeles Times Book Award, and has won the 2001 Boston Globe/Hornbook Award, the Annisfield-Wolf Award and the Poets' Prize among others. Fortune's Bones was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Other honors include a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship and a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Da Chen 4-day workshop

Master Workshop on Writing Memoir Meets daily: Wed., May 2 - Sat., May 5, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This workshop will examine all elements of memoir writing in great detail, befitting a master class Chen teaches at NYU and Fairfield University. This course aims to teach writers how to build theme; develop pearl strings of scenes and storylines from memory; find voice and point of view; develop dialogue; define settings and establish narrative moments and suitable tone. A ten-page sample of memoir writing must be submitted by April 2 via e-mail to nicole.swift@mdc.edu. Please use page numbers and double space. Visit www.theCenteratMDC.org for further instructions.

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Da Chen is a leading memoirist and literary novelist. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoirs, Colors of the Mountain and Sounds of the River, and the novel, Brothers. His books have been widely translated and are used as textbooks in Yale, Vassar, Wellesley, in the New York State University system, and in high schools and middle schools. Chen is the recipient of the NCSS 2010 Spirit of America Award and the 2007 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature by the American Librarians Association.


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Dinty W. Moore 4-day workshop

Writing for Book Deals: From Pitch to Proposal Meets daily: Wed., May 2 - Sat., May 5, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Creative nonfiction focuses on the human desire to tell — and be told — compelling stories, but the form includes more than childhood memoir. This course will explore the flexibility and power of the creative nonfiction form, examining the ways in which writers combine the personal voice with journalistic observation to transform place, people, food, travel, and nature into gripping prose. We will employ in-class writing and exercises to explore various topics and try our hand at multiple forms.

Dinty W. Moore is author of The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life, as well as the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize in 2009. Moore has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Gettysburg Review, Utne Reader, and Crazyhorse, among numerous other venues. He is a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship winner.

Homero Aridjis 4-day workshop IN SPANISH

Taller sobre la ficción 4 días: miércoles 2 al viernes 4 de mayo, 6 - 9 p.m.; sábado 5 de mayo, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

El taller se enfocará en ficción, especialmente en cuento corto. Previamente al taller, se les proporcionará a los participantes una lista de cuentos breves emblemáticos de la literatura hispanoamericana, que se discutirán en la primera clase. En las clases restantes cada estudiante deberá presentar un breve relato suyo, cuyo estilo y contenido serán comentados y discutidos de manera propositiva por los participantes y el profesor, tomando en cuenta aspectos narrativos tales como la presentación de los personajes, el desarrollo temático, el punto de vista del narrador y el ambiente de la historia.

Homero Aridjis es autor de 41 libros de poesía y prosa. Su obra ha sido traducida a 15 idiomas y reconocida con premios literarios en México, Italia, Francia, Serbia y los Estados Unidos. Fundador del Grupo de los Cien, su labor como ambientalista ha sido reconocido con el Global 500 del PNUMA, el John Hay Award de la Orion Society, y el Premio del Milenio Mikhail Gorbachev para Liderazgo Internacional en el Medio Ambiente. Ha sido profesor en las universidades de New York, Columbia y California. Su última novela es Los invisibles (2010).

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Lunchtime Readings

Lunchtime Readings are open to the public. 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. Wednesday, May 2, 12:30 -1:30 p.m. David Henry Sterry and Dinty

W. Moore

Thursday, May 3, 12:30 -1:30 p.m. Da Chen and SJ Rozan Friday, May 4, 12:30 -1:30 p.m. Marilyn Nelson and Ann

Hood

Saturday, May, 5, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Homero Aridjis followed by open mic for Miami Writers Institute Participants

Pitch-O-Rama

Saturday, May 5, 2012, 2 - 4 p.m. Room 2106 (Bldg. 2, 1st Floor) FREE!

Pitch-O-Rama: Practice the art of the one-minute pitch before a panel of literary agents and other industry professionals. A tight, effective verbal pitch can help you sell your idea and, just as importantly, force you to keep your project focused and on track. Think of it this way: You’re in an elevator with the agent or editor of your dreams and you have one minute to pitch your book idea. What do you say? Get instant feedback on your book idea and some free advice. Best pitch gets a prize! Participation in the Pitch-O-Rama is free and open to everyone by signing up, first come, first served, in Room 2106 on Saturday, May 5. Writers Institute registrants may sign up beginning at Noon on Saturday, May 5. Non-registrants may sign up beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. Visit www.theCenteratMDC.org for details.

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Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution which does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, disability, national origin, marital status, religion, age or veteran’s status. Contact the office of equal opportunity programs/ADA coordinator at 305-237.0269 for more information.

Eduardo J. Padrón, President, Miami Dade College Madeline Pumariega, Campus President, Wolfson Campus

Miami Dade College District Board of Trustees Helen Aguirre Ferré, Chair • Armando J. Bucelo Jr., Vice Chair Mariana “Marili” L. Cancio • Robert H. Fernández Jose K. Fuentes • Benjamín León III • Marielena A. Villamil

With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Supporters of The Center @ MDC include:

The Center @ Miami Dade College promotes reading, writing and theatre throughout the year by consistently presenting high-quality activities open to all in South Florida.

300 N.E. Second Ave. Miami, Florida 33132-2296

Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Miami, FL Permit No. 313


2012 Miami Writers Institute