Local Events

Storypalooza: The Big Read Edition

Come out for a storytelling open mic! This is how it works: you have 4 minutes to tell your story in front of a panel of editors from Lip Service, Miami’s own, home-grown, live (true) storytelling event. Get feedback from these pros before the submission period for May’s Lip Service show.

Theme: Family Stories
Editors: M.J. Fievre, Nick Garnett, Andrea Askowitz
March 26 at 7 p.m.
Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
Free: RSVP required

For more information, visit: https://mdcmarketing.wufoo.com/forms/z1o56lgr1h54upq/

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First Draft Literary Social

The Center for Writing and Literature at Miami Dade College presents First Draft, a series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories.

You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Swing by a First Draft event for a drink (the first one’s on the house) and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!

Theme: Out of Place
Where: Books and Books at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
When: Thursday, March 24 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Vanessa Garcia
Registration: FREE / RSVP required

For more information, visit: http://thecenteratmdc.org/site/programs/first_draft.html

First Draft Literary Social

The Center for Writing and Literature at Miami Dade College presents First Draft, a series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories.

You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Swing by a First Draft event for a drink (the first one’s on the house) and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!

Theme: Between the Sheets
Where: Books and Books at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
When: Thursday, February 11 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Nick Garnett
Registration: FREE / RSVP required

For more information, visit: http://thecenteratmdc.org/site/programs/first_draft.html

USpeak Flash Fiction & Poetry Performance Series

The USpeak Flash Fiction and Poetry Performance Open Mic Series, free and open to the public, is sponsored in part by the University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences and the English Department’s Creative Writing Program, Mangrove Literary Journal, and Books & Books.

The Creative Writing Program of the University of Miami welcomes Neil de la Flor for the first USpeak event for the 2016. Neil de la Flor is a writer, photographer, teacher and former fashion designer based in Miami. His first book, Almost Dorothy, won the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize. De la Flor’s second book, An Elephant’s Memory of Blizzards, examines his obsession with hope, the omnipresence of memory, and the consequences of sexual abuse. De la Flor’s stories and poems, solo and collaborative, have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, Best American Poetry Blog among other journals. Neil teaches composition and literature at Miami Dade College, Nova Southeastern University, and Barry University.

Monday, January 25th at 7:00PM
Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables

For more information, visit http://www.miami.edu/uspeak

Sleuthfest 2016

Mystery Writers of America’s premier conference for writers and fans includes sessions and workshops on:

* Agent Appointments to pitch your finished work
* Critiques of your 10 page manuscript submission
* Forensic track with current forensic techniques and hands-on forensic workshops
* Social events to mingle with agents, editors and your favorite authors
* Auction to purchase critiques of your work by bestselling authors
* Sessions on the craft of writing
* Sessions on marketing and promoting your work
* Practice your Pitch sessions with experienced authors

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: C. J. Box
FLORIDA GUEST OF HONOR: P.J. Parrish
FORENSIC GUEST OF HONOR: Valerie Plame

Doubletree by Hilton
100 Fairway Drive
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

February 25 – 28, 2016

For more information, visit: http://sleuthfest.com/

First Draft Literary Social

The Center for Writing and Literature at Miami Dade College presents First Draft, a series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories.

You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Swing by a First Draft event for a drink (the first one’s on the house) and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!

Theme: The Launching Pad (new beginnings)
Where: Books and Books at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
When: Thursday, January 14 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Vanessa Garcia
Registration: FREE / RSVP required

For more information, visit: http://thecenteratmdc.org/site/programs/first_draft.html

First Draft Literary Social

The Center for Writing and Literature at Miami Dade College presents First Draft, a series of informal writing events that turn happy hours into great stories.

You’re inspired. But you’re also thirsty. Swing by a First Draft event for a drink (the first one’s on the house) and a guided writing prompt. Share your writing. You never know what you might knock out as you knock one back!

Theme: Improvisations
Where: Radio Bar, 814 1st St, Miami Beach
When: Thursday, December 10 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dan Grech
Registration: FREE / RSVP required

For more information, visit: http://thecenteratmdc.org/site/programs/first_draft.html

Creative Mornings Miami

Per the site, “Shocks to the system do us good. They wake us up, they change the course of history, and they disrupt the norm. Unexpected moments open our minds to new ideas. Uncomfortable pieces of art challenge our perceptions of what we think is right.

“This October, we’re celebrating Shock in 128 cities around the world. The theme was chosen by our Jeju chapter and illustrated by Yeji Yun, who also hails from South Korea.

“Get ready to be rocked out of your comfort zone!”

The speaker for Miami is Salma Abdelrahman.

“Salma Abdelrahman, an Egyptian-American, is dedicated to sharing stories. Through her video project, Fabula Rasa, Salma aims to capture the power of storytelling and utilize it to create positive change. Fabula Rasa aims to invoke empathy through innovative storytelling, utilizing whiteboard animations and voice over in order to share the stories of marginalized and oppressed groups. Salma has created this platform in order to create a sense of understanding and compassion in her school and community. She hopes to attend Law School with a focus on Human Rights Law and work at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. after finishing grad school. In her free time, Salma enjoys reading the famous works of civil rights activists such as W.E.B Dubois and James Baldwin, and watching reruns of her favorite TV Shows, The Office and Parks and Recreation.”

Hosted at
YoungArts Campus
2100 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33137

When
October 23, 2015
8:30am – 10:00am

For more information and to register, visit: http://creativemornings.com/talks/salma-abdelrahman

USpeak

The Creative Writing Program of the University of Miami is thrilled to welcome Becka Mara McKay to read at USpeak Monday, October 26 at Books & Books, Coral Gables.

Becka Mara McKay directs the Creative Writing MFA at Florida Atlantic University, writes poetry, and translates Hebrew literature. Publications include a book of poetry: A Meteorologist in the Promised Land, three translations of Israeli fiction: Laundry, Blue Has No South, Lunar Savings Time; and a translation of Hebrew poetry in the book Kaleidoscope. She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has received grants from the Seattle Arts Council, the American Literary Translators Association, and the Santa Fe Arts Institute.

The University of Miami is happy to team up with co-sponsor Books & Books this year and all USpeak events will be held at Books & Books 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables at 7:00PM in order to bring the University of Miami out into the community.

The USpeak Flash Fiction and Poetry Performance Series, free and open to the public, is sponsored in part by the University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences and the English Department’s Creative Writing Program and Mangrove Literary Journal.

For more information about USpeak events, please visit http://www.miami.edu/uspeak.

Being a Multi-Lingual Writer in the 21st Century

This Friday, 16 October, Visiting Professor Ana Menendez will host a lecture and workshop on Being a Multi-Lingual Writer in the 21st Century from 2-3:30pm at the University of Miami CAS Gallery at 1210 Stanford Drive.

Everyone is welcome, and please bring a notebook so you can participate in the workshop.

What does it mean to live in more than one language? How do you work as a multi-lingual writer in a discipline that has traditionally been organized along national and linguistic lines? What does writing in multiple languages add, what does it subtract? This informal workshop will help you explore your own answers to these questions through a combination of lecture, discussion and writing exercises.

Ana Menéndez is the author of four books of fiction: Adios, Happy Homeland!, The Last War, Loving Che and In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd, whose title story won a Pushcart Prize. She has worked as a journalist in the United States and abroad, lastly as a prize-winning columnist for The Miami Herald.