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Promoting reading, writing and theatre throughout the year by presenting high-quality events open to all.


Reading Current Voices in Literature

Year-round reading campaign in partnership with MDC faculty. The Center distributes thousands of free books to MDC students.

The Big Read

Month-long reading campaign to entice reluctant readers. Powered by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Teatro Prometeo Performances

Staged productions and dramatic readings performed year-round by Prometeo students.

Acting Classes

Continuing education courses on various aspects of the craft taught once a week over 12 weeks. Three sessions scheduled per year.

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Reads

Reading campaign encouraging literacy in pre-k, kindergarten and first-grade children. The Center distributes thousands of free books quarterly to schools and Head Start centers, as well as directly to families through the GGR Book Club.

A non-credit, intensive, program that features a rigorous, well-rounded, curriculum of study. The actor’s unique potential is cultivated and encouraged. Audition required for admittance.

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StoryArts

A literacy project for children that bridges art-making and reading and takes place in afterschool programs. The Center distributes free books to participants.

Read to Learn Books For Free

A literacy program that encourages children to read by making free books available in Miami-Dade County’s most under-resourced neighborhoods. Shelves are located in public health clinics, neighborhood assistance centers, public housing and elsewhere. More than 3,000 books are given away monthly. In partnership with The Children’s Trust.

Los Prometeítos, the youngest members of Teatro Prometeo, explore the world of dance, acting and singing, and participate in fun activities that develop creativity.


Miami Book Fair International

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Festival of Authors

Creative Writing Program

From newbies to Nobel prize winners, and in half a dozen languages, these readings and discussions are the heart of the Fair.

Street Fair

Three days, a million books, two hundred thousand readers, plus music and delicious food — a celebration unequaled.

Destination Comics

Miami Book Fair’s own comic con! Featuring creator panels, comics-making workshops, publishers and comic shops.

Featured Country

Miami Book Fair honors its home city — one of the most international places in the world — by featuring one country each year and showcasing its literature and culture.

Continuing education creative writing courses and workshops scheduled during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Miami Writers Institute

Twice-yearly creative writing conference featuring workshops with bestselling and award-winning authors and publishing professionals.

Visiting Authors

Readings, lectures and signings open to the public, plus residencies and workshops in MDC classrooms and public schools.

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Children's Alley

Stories come to life during Miami Book Fair's Street Fair with authors, storytellers and puppeteers, plus theatre, dance and more!

Creative writing workshops for children and teens in locations throughout Miami, as well as in their schools. Taught by local and visiting authors.


Ongoing Paz Prize for Poetry 2014-2015 Submissions: May 1 - June 1, 2014 The Center established The Paz Prize for Poetry in partnership with The National Poetry Series in Spring 2012 to celebrate The Center’s 10th anniversary. The award honors a poet writing in Spanish, living in the United States. The first winner of the award was Dinapiera Di Donato for her collection, Colaterales, chosen by the prize’s inaugural judge, Victor Hernández Cruz. The second Paz Prize winner will be chosen by acclaimed poet, Richard Blanco. Submission guidelines: TheCenteratMDC.org or NationalPoetrySeries.org.

Read to Learn Books for Free Kids living in under-resourced Miami neighborhoods have little access to books outside of school. Nearly half of Miami-Dade County third graders fail to read even at basic grade level, and only onethird read proficiently. Studies show that children with greater access to books are more likely to read well and succeed academically. The Center is meeting this challenge in partnership with The Children’s Trust. So far, the Center has placed more than 21 shelves full of children’s books, free for the taking, in locations throughout the County where children visit with their caretakers, including public health clinics, community service centers, public housing and others. The Center is actively looking for donations of new or gently used books to keep the shelves full. For more information: TheCenteratMDC.org

Current Voices in Literature The Center will distribute hundreds of books to students at Miami Dade College. Titles chosen in partnership with Miami Dade College faculty include: · The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (The Big Read 2014 Official Selection) · We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo · Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart · Magpies by Lynne Barrett · Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins · The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Generation Genius StoryArts! Afterschool literacy program begins at community centers in Little Haiti at Little Haiti Park and Legion Memorial Park. Children read along with artist/literacy educator, Bess Perry, then create artworks inspired by the selected titles.

Generation Genius Reads Book Club Made possible with the support of the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Generation Genius Reads (formerly One Picture Book, One Community) proudly continues the Generation Genius Reads Book Club. Registration is free to parents of pre-k, kindergarten and first grade students. Books will be mailed quarterly to registered parents, along with an activity guide to supplement their reading. Book Club family meet-ups to take place monthly throughout Miami. Selected titles for Spring/ Summer 2014: · Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean · Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers · Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett · Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells · Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld · Ish by Peter Reynolds Register at www.thecenteratmdc.org

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Friday, January 31 8 p.m. | Teatro Prometeo, MDC Wolfson Campus

Teatro Prometeo presents

Electra

Adapted and directed by Fernando Calzadilla Love, revenge, and betrayal all come into play in a collaborative new interpretation of this classical Greek tragedy. Performed by Teatro Prometeo Advanced Theater Lab.

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Additional performances February 1, 7, and 8 Free admission

(These performances will be in Spanish.) Saturday, February 1 7 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Downtown Miami, Chapman (Bldg. 3, 2nd floor)

Isabel Allende

on Ripper in conversation with Miami writer, Anjanette Delgado, copresented with Books & Books I Tickets required. Visit www.booksandbooks.com

Monday, February 3 10 a.m. | MDC North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27th Avenue, Miami, Lehman Theatre

Clifton Taulbert

presents Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values That Build Strong Communities and Families as part of the eighth annual African-American Read-In @ MDC, in collaboration with Miami Dade College’s North Campus. The goal of the African American Read-In is to help make literacy, education and community a significant part of Black History Month. The Center @ MDC will provide free copies of Eight Habits of the Heart. Books will be distributed to participants.

Thursday, February 20 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami

Structuring Fiction and Nonfiction with David Beaty

What makes a good beginning? How can we develop a story? How can we bring our stories

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to an effective end? There will be short writing exercises in class; most importantly, students will be expected to bring in their own stories or nonfiction pieces to be read and discussed by the class.

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8 weeks. February 20 - April 10 Registration $170 (www.thecenteratmdc.org)

Saturday, February 22

Generation Genius Reads Book Club meet-up for families. Children and parents read along with arts educator, Gigi Shaheen, then create artworks inspired by Oliver by Birgitta Sif.

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Monday, February 24 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami

Memoir with MJ Fievre

This workshop will help writers develop specific skills to tell their personal stories with a crafted sensibility. Participants will learn to focus their narrative voice, find a story’s arc, and use scene, characterization, and dialogue to organize the raw material of their lives.

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8 weeks. February 24 - April 14 Registration $170 (www.thecenteratmdc.org)

Saturday, March 1 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables

Finish Your Novel- the TV way! with Anjanette Delgado

Using techniques of television series head writers or show runners who must create entire worlds from top to bottom under strict ($$$) deadline pressure, this course will teach you how to organize it all, how to know what to keep and what to toss, and how to keep your inspiration level high throughout the long-form story process.

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6 weeks. March 1 - April 5 Registration $125 (www.thecenteratmdc.org)

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Monday, March 3 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami

Writing for Kids and YA with Lauren Wohl

Many people think of writing for children and teens as “writing light.” It is not. The demands children make on books – the reading and rereading – require care and excellence in creating the work. Workshop participants will · gain an understanding of the publishing process including the genres, forms, and age-groupings that structure the field · read and discuss selected books as examples of the variety of kinds of books available for children and teens to discover what makes the best books · discuss ideas for each participant’s work · write sections of their books; share them with other participants; critique each other’s work.

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4 weeks. March 3 - 24 Registration $100 (www.thecenteratmdc.org)

Tuesday, March 4 7 p.m. MDC Wolfson Campus, Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Downtown Miami

Thursday, March 20 through Saturday, March 29 8 p.m. | Teatro Prometeo, MDC Wolfson Campus

Teatro Prometeo presents

Lección para señoritas Adapted and directed by Neher Jacqueline Briceño A French comedy of errors that redefines the role of women. Performed by Teatro Prometeo Graduate Actors.

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Additional performances March 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29 Tickets $20 (www.teatroprometeo.org)

(In Spanish with English supertitles) Saturday, March 29 3 – 4 p.m. | Miami Dade Public Library, International Mall Branch, 10315 NW 12th Street, Miami

Generation Genius Reads

Book Club meet-up for families. Children and parents read along with arts educator, Gigi Shaheen, then create artworks inspired by Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk.

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Former Colombian President

Wednesday, April 2

on his memoir, Andres Pastrana, Memorias olvidadas (Andres Pastrana: Forgotten Memories)

8 p.m. | Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center, 2705 S.W 3rd Street, Miami

Andrés Pastrana

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(This event will be in Spanish.) Saturday, March 15

The Big Read The Center celebrates reading in 2014 with The Big Read, featuring events and activities inspired by The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, including a Bhangra dance party, film screenings, book discussions, author presentations, Indian cooking demo and tasting, and more!

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The Big Read activities continue through April 15. See pages 16 - 21 for full schedule.

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Chely Lima Book Launch

Chely Lima reads from her newest book, Memorias del tiempo circular, (Memories of Recurrent Events) followed by a discussion with editor Marlene Moleon. Presented in partnership with Fundación Cuatrogatos and Eriginal Books.

(This event will be in Spanish.) Saturday, April 5 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

The Poets’ Place with Adrian Castro Celebrating National Poetry Month In this workshop, we will examine poems both from workshop participants and other poets that exemplify the use of place. We will also

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Lecci贸n para se帽oritas March 20 - 29

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Miami Writers Institute May 7 - 10

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ask where is that place? Where is that physical place, that geographical place, and also where is that mental place? Is that place real, nostalgic, dreamt, etc.? Participants will bring to the workshop poems with these themes.

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4 weeks. April 5 – April 26 Registration $100 (www.thecenteratmdc.org)

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Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26 8 p.m. | Teatro Prometeo, MDC Wolfson Campus

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our mailing list to find out where The Center will distribute World Book Night books. For more information on World Book Night, visit worldbooknight.org

Additional dates April 8 or by appointment For more information, visit www.teatroprometeo.org

Exorcismo

Directed by Cristina Rebull Classical monologues brought to life in an evening of passion and reverence Performed by Prometeo Conservatory Actors.

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Additional performances April 25 and 26 Free Admission

(These performances will be in Spanish.)

Friday, April 11 7:30 p.m. | Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center, 2705 S.W. 3rd Street, Miami

Otra Vez Rebambaramba

Saturday, April 26

Poets, musicians, and visual and performance artists create new works inspired by words chosen by luck of the draw. Join us for an evening of fellowship and creative exuberance.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Miami Dade Public Library, Shenandoah Branch, 2111 SW 19th Street, Miami

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(This event will be in Spanish.) Friday, April 11 8:30 p.m. | Teatro Prometeo, MDC Wolfson Campus

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Staged reading directed by Beatriz Rizk. An Argentinian comedy about the conflict between change and tradition. By Eduardo Rovner. Performed by Prometeo Conservatory Actors. I Free Admission

Generation Genius Reads

Book Club meet-up for families. Children and parents read along with arts educator, Gigi Shaheen, then create artworks inspired by Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean.

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Monday, May 5 Teatro Prometeo, MDC Wolfson Campus

Teatro Prometeo’s Summer Theatre Classes begin

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(This performance will be in Spanish.)

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Visit www.teatroprometeo.org to register or for more information

(These courses will be in Spanish.) Wednesday, April 23 7 - 8 p.m. | The Center for Literature and Theatre, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Downtown Miami

World Book Night @ ?

Where will The Center pop up with its stash of free books? What title will be chosen? “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and join

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Wednesday, May 7 MDC Wolfson Campus, Downtown Miami

Miami Writers Institute

Creative writing and publishing workshops with renowned authors Jill Bialosky, Richard Blanco, Robert Olen Butler, Bill Clegg, Andres Miami Book Fair

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Correa, Judy Sternlight, Amy Stewart and others. See pages 22 - 26 for more information and registration instructions.

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Continues through Saturday, May 10 Registration and information thecenteratmdc.org

Staged reading directed by Beatriz Rizk. An Argentinian comedy about the conflicts between change and tradition. Performed by Prometeo Conservatory Actors. I Free admission.

(This performance will be in Spanish.) Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 17

Tuesday, July 15

8 p.m. | Teatro Prometeo, MDC Wolfson Campus

8:30 p.m. | Teatro Prometeo, MDC Wolfson Campus

Tres Marias

By H茅ctor Pino An intimate portrayal of three women and how their sense of cultural identity is challenged, questioned, defended and celebrated.

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Additional performances May 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 Tickets $20 (www.teatroprometeo.org)

(These performances will be in Spanish.) Saturday, May 24

Generation Genius Reads Book Club meet-up for families. Children and parents read along with arts educator, Gigi Shaheen, then create artworks inspired by Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.

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For location and time, contact nswift@mdc.edu or visit www.thecenteratmdc.org

Saturday, June 28 3 - 4 p.m. | Miami Dade Public Library, International Mall Branch, 10315 NW 12th Street, Miami

Generation Genius Reads

Book Club Meet-up for families. Children and parents read along with arts educator, Gigi Shaheen, then create artworks inspired by Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett.

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For more information and for registration, contact nswift@mdc.edu or visit www.thecenteratmdc.org

Monday, July 14 8:30 p.m. | Teatro Prometeo, MDC Wolfson Campus

Volvi贸 una noche by Eduardo Rovner

Querido San Antonio by Eduardo Rovner

Part of the International Hispanic Theatre Festival Educational Component Staged reading directed by Beatriz Rizk. A comedy about the women of Pompeya and Buenos Aires during WWI, who pray to San Antonio to bring them eligible bachelors. I Free admission.

(This performance will be in Spanish.) Saturday, July 26 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Miami Dade Public Library, Shenandoah Branch, 2111 SW 19th Street, Miami

Generation Genius Reads

Book Club meet-up for families. Children and parents read along with arts educator, Gigi Shaheen, then create artworks inspired by Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld.

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For more information and for registration, contact nswift@mdc.edu or visit www.thecenteratmdc.org

Saturday, August 23

Generation Genius Reads Book Club meet-up for families. Children and parents read along with arts educator, Gigi Shaheen, then create artworks inspired by Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells.

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Part of the International Hispanic Theatre Festival Educational Component

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The Big Read: March 15 - April 15 The Center celebrates reading in 2014 with The Big Read, featuring events and activities inspired by The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, including a flash mob-style Bhangra dance party, film screenings, book discussions, author presentations, Indian cooking demos and tastings, and more! In The Namesake, Lahiri addresses the themes that have made her books international bestsellers: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture. Visit thecenteratmdc.org or call 305.237.3258 for a full list of events and to request a free book.

Event Highlights Sunday, March 16 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach & Aventura

Big Read Kick Off!

Bhangra Time! Flash Performance of Indian Dance with Ranjana Warier to celebrate the Big Read. Join us for a random act of Indian culture with dancer Ranjana Warier and her troupe from the Rhythms School of Dance, as they present a colorful, unique blend of traditional and contemporary Indian dancing, including Bhangra. Join the dancers, or just enjoy the spectacle and get a free copy of the Big Read 2014 title, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. Bhangra is a folk dance originating in the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent. The earliest developed of these was conducted to celebrate the harvest. Extremely popular in North America, Bhangra is known for it’s exuberant passion and energy. It is sometimes referred to colloquially as “Bollywood Dancing.”

Ranjana Warier was introduced to Indian Classical dance at the age of six and has performed at several festivals in India. Her efforts to educate children on Indian culture and history using dance as a medium have received wide recognition. In 2012, she received a Knight Foundation Arts Challenge grant to promote Indian art and culture.

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Wednesday, March 26 Noon – 1 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, Student Life Patio

Celebrating Women’s History Month at MDC

World Music by DJ Rekha

Come join DJ Rehka as she spins her unique blend of Indian music. British-born DJ Rekha is a DJ, curator, record label owner and educator. Called the “Ambassador of Bhangra” by the New York Times and named one of the most influential South Asians by Newsweek, Rekha is among the first DJs to merge classic Bhangra and Bollywood sounds into the language of contemporary electronic dance music. Her label, Beat Bazaar


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Big Read Kick Off March 16

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Music, launched in November of 2011 with its first release, Pyar Baile.

and Newsweek, and has been featured on NPR’s “Fresh Air” and “All Things Considered.”

DJ Rehka will also visit Miami Dade College classes reading The Namesake.

Mehta is an Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University. He was born in Calcutta and raised in Bombay and New York. He is a graduate of New York University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Tuesday, April 1 6:30 p.m. | MDC Wolfson Campus, Miami Culinary Institute, 415 N.E. 2nd Ave., Downtown Miami

Passage to India: Gourmet Cooking and Eating with Master Cooking Teacher Ayesha

Saturday, April 5

Ayesha joins The Big Read and offers her legendary cooking class, followed by a feast, in the state-of-the-art wine theater at the Miami Culinary Institute.

Kids can join The Big Read, too. At this special StoryArts meet-up, children will learn about Indian culture as they read along with an artist/ literacy educator then create artworks inspired by the chosen books, Rangoli: Discovering the Art of Indian Decoration by Anuradha Ananth, Indian Tales: A Barefoot Collection by Shenaaz Nanji and Elephant Dance: A Journey to India by Theresa Heine and Sheila Moxley.

“Ayesha’s Kitchen offers so much more than just the know-how of how to put together a delicious Indian meal, it takes you on a mystical journey through the legacy of authentic Indian traditional cuisine translating into a rich experience where every meal can be a grand celebration.” For more information about Ayesha, visit ayeshaskitchen.com.

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1 – 2 p.m. | Miami Children’s Museum, 980 Macarthur Causeway, Miami

The Big Read, for Kids!

Adults attending with children will receive a free copy of The Namesake.

$20 Limited seating (www.thecenteratmdc.org) Registrants will receive a copy of The Namesake.

Wednesday, April 9 8 p.m. | Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

Big Read Keynote

Journalist Suketo Mehta on Maximum Cities: Bombay/New York Suketu Mehta is the New York-based author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. Mehta’s work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, Time,

Ongoing Big Read Events March 15 - April 15 Follow us on Pinterest and check out our Big Read boards! We’ll be celebrating all things India and much more. On Twitter you can also be a part of our Big Read Twitter chats and get up-to-date info on all of our upcoming events. You can also join in on the fun on Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr too! Hashtag #NEABigRead

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The Big Read Tumblr: Miami Stories Blog What’s your Miami immigrant story? Your culture clash tale? Share it with The Center in writing and HistoryMiami (historymiami.org/research-miami/ miamistories) will place it in its archives, along with the thousands of other Miami-related stories archived at the museum “as a way to illuminate the past and enlighten the future.” Submitted stories will also be published in The Center’s blog, thecenteratmdc.tumblr.com and may be published online and in the “Neighbors” section of Sunday’s Miami Herald. Select stories may also be published in el Nuevo Herald or broadcast on radio at WLRN-Miami Herald News. So tell us your story of coming to Miami, culture clashes you’ve experienced or how you live or experience the various cultures represented in our city. All entrants will receive a free copy of The Namesake. Guidelines: · 800-1000 words, typed and e-mailed to thecenter@mdc.edu. · Please attach a family photo or photo of yourself. · In the subject line, please type: Miami Stories: The Big Read. · Submission period: Now-April 15 · You will be asked to sign a release allowing publication and archiving. Please note stories might be edited for length and grammar.

Want to tell your story in a medium other than writing? The Center will accept your Miami stories as represented through the visual arts, including photography, painting and film. Please e-mail The Center with questions or attach a scan or copy of your work. Digitized oral histories will also be accepted, on a case-by-case basis. These submissions will not be archived by HistoryMiami. (The Center and HistoryMiami reserve the right to not publish/archive submissions.)

The Big Read: Book Discussions Discussions on The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri will take place at various branches of the MiamiDade Public Library System.

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The Big Read: Bollywood Film Series Screenings throughout the city will explore cultural identity and generational clashes, all set in India or about Indian-American families. Films include Bride and Prejudice, The Namesake (the film adaptation of the Big Read 2014 book selection) and Darjeeling Limited.

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The Big Read Big Book Giveaway Want to join The Big Read? The Center will give away copies of The Namesake throughout the month. Come to our Big Read events, “like” us on Facebook or Tweet us, or sign up for our newsletter.


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Four-day Workshop: Meets daily: Wed., May 7 – Sat., May 10, 9 a.m. - Noon

Creating Fictional Art with Robert Olen Butler

The workshop will focus on the creative process for beginning or advanced writers. We will address such issues as what is art; what is distinctive about the way the artist addresses the world, the inner self, and the objects to be created; and what are the essential characteristics of fiction. These essentials are best explored — especially in short workshops — by my proposing an aesthetic theory of the short short story, both as a distinct art form and as a paradigm for the crucial beginning pages of any effective work of fiction. During the workshop, the students will write exclusively in the short short form. Students must read my book, From Where You Dream, before the workshop. I will administer writing exercises to spur students’ daily output.

Four-day Workshop: Meets daily: Wed., May 7 – Sat., May 10, 9 a.m. - Noon

Nonfiction and the Craft of Storytelling with Amy Stewart

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Registration $300 (www.thecenteratmdc.org) Deadline to register: April 28, 2014

The best nonfiction reads like a novel. Even when we’re reporting the facts, our writing is stronger when we understand how characters, conflict, drama, plot, and setting come together to create a story. This class borrows storytelling techniques from novelists and applies them to memoir, creative nonfiction, reported journalism, history, and other forms. We’ll study examples tailored to the participants’ projects and do in-class exercises to help shape their work into a compelling narrative. Please submit a one-page synopsis of a current writing project by email to Nicole Swift at nswift@mdc.edu no later than April 21.

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Registration $300 (www.thecenteratmdc.org) Deadline to register: April 21, 2014

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Three-day Workshop: Meets daily: Wed., May 7 – Fri., May 9, 2 - 5 p.m.

The Spirit and Craft of Poetry with Richard Blanco

The writing of the inaugural poem, “One Today” reconfirmed for me that the creative process is as much about craft as it is about spirit. Through readings and class discussions, we will first focus on some of the essential elements of crafting a poem, namely: imagery, construction of the line and stanzas, rhythm, and poetic closure. However, we will also discuss the manner in which poetry is also a spiritual journey to reach oneself and others. As such, we’ll explore how a poem’s emotional center and spiritual reason for being affect its relative success or failure, and discuss matters relating to creative process, inspiration, and writing practices. In this dynamic and interactive workshop setting we will critique each other’s work with a balanced focus on both the spirit and craft of our poems. For begginers and advanced writers.

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Registration $250 (www.thecenteratmdc.org) Deadline to register: April 28, 2014

Three-day Workshop: Meets daily: Wed., May 7 – Fri., May 9, 2 - 5 p.m.

Prepping Your Novel for Prime Time with Judy Sternlight Completing a draft of your novel is a major accomplishment, but no book is finished without revision. What are the areas to refine before showing your work to agents, editors, publishers or the general public? Drawing on participants’ manuscript samples and brief synopses, this interactive class will touch on the importance of the opening pages, narrative tension, pacing, dialogue, descriptive language, and more. This workshop will provide you with tools to finetune your manuscript. Participants should submit the first ten pages of their novels as well as a 100 word description of the novel (in the style of copy that appears on the back of a paperback cover) by April 18 to Nicole Swift at nswift@mdc.edu.

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Registration $250 (www.thecenteratmdc.org) Deadline to register: April 18, 2014

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Three-day Workshop: Meets daily: Thurs., May 8 – Fri., May 9, 2 - 5 p.m. and Sat, May 10, 9 a.m. - Noon

The First 20 Pages: Establishing Voice, Method and Narrative Stakes at the Beginning of Your Memoir with Bill Clegg and Jill Bialosky The adage goes: You only get one chance to make a first impression. For your manuscript, it’s the same. This workshop will focus on the opening pages of a memoir, with a focus on establishing voice, method and narrative stakes. The workshop will include a combination of manuscript feedback with examination of how other writers have started their memoirs. Participants should submit the first 20 pages of their memoirs by April 18 to Nicole Swift at nswift@mdc.edu

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Registration $250 (www.thecenteratmdc.org) Deadline to register: April 18, 2014

Four-day Workshop (IN Spanish.): Miércoles 7 al viernes 9 de mayo, 6 - 9 p.m. y sábado 10 de mayo, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Taller de Creatividad Periodística: El Arte de Preguntar con Andrés Correa Guatarasma Aparte de ser la herramienta más típica del trabajo reporteril, la entrevista es un género periodístico en sí mismo. Pero no es exclusiva del periodismo. Un mundo inmediatista, informativamente saturado y pleno de canales comunicativos accesibles para la mayoría, implica un alto compromiso de actualización y formación constantes. La entrevista es una herramienta en toda profesión que implique búsqueda e intercambio informativo. En general, la entrevista es una actividad humana de convivencia diaria, basada en la comunicación, en todas sus formas. Este Taller se concibe para encaminar a cualquier persona en “el arte de preguntar”, es decir, cómo acceder a la información de manera eficiente y ética a través de la interacción humana, en sus diversas modalidades.

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Registration $300 (www.thecenteratmdc.org) Deadline to register: April 28, 2014

(This workshop will be conducted entirely in Spanish.)

Reading

Teatro Prometeo

Miami Book Fair

Writing


Manuscript Consultations:

Registration Information:

Scheduled by appointment only.

2014 Miami Writers Institute Registration now open online!

Get Feedback from the Pros Literary agent Emmanuelle Morgen of Stonesong will read a sample of your work, then meet with you for a one-on-one, 15-minute consultation. SPACE IS LIMITED. Via e-mail, forward a 10-page sample of your manuscript (preferably the first 10 pages) as a Microsoft Word attachment to nswift@mdc. edu. Samples should have page numbers, be double-spaced, have 1.5 inch margins, and 12 point type set in Times New Roman. In order to give your consultant time to review your work, submissions must be received NO LATER THAN 5 p.m. on April 18. Visit thecenteratmdc.org for full submission instructions.

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$80 (www.thecenteratmdc.org) Deadline to register: April 18, 2014

* Manuscript consultation fees are not reading fees and do not go to the agent; rather they support the programs and initiatives of The Center for Literature and Theatre @ MDC.

Register at www.thecenteratmdc.org 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.

Deadlines April 2: Early-bird Registration – Register by this date and enter a drawing to win a FREE manuscript consultation (an $80 value)! April 18: Deadline to submit a manuscript for workshop with Judy Sternlight or Jill Bialosky and Bill Clegg. April 18: Last day to submit a manuscript for consultation with a literary agent. April 21: Last day to submit one page synopsis for Amy Stewart workshop. April 28: 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 Friday) • Any two workshops: $450 • Manuscript consultation: $80* *Manuscript consultation fees are not reading fees and do not go to the agent; rather they support the programs and initiatives of The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College.

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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.

Miami Dade College District Board of Trustees Helen Aguirre Ferré, Chair • Armando J. Bucelo Jr., Vice Chair Marili Cancio • Jose K. Fuentes • Benjamín León III • Armando J. Olivera • Marielena A. Villamil Eduardo J. Padrón, President, Miami Dade College

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