The Florida Center for the Literary Arts: Spring Writing Courses


Make your dream of being a writer come true with help from the Florida Center for the Literary Arts (FCLA) at Miami Dade College, now offering Spring 2011 Creative Writing Courses. The Center has been helping novice writers put words into action for nearly a decade, as well as been instrumental in the careers of local, published authors.

FCLA Spring Courses are non-credit and begin the week of Monday, Feb. 7. Seating is limited, so please register early!

View a complete schedule of the courses offered below:

Making the Scene with Nick Garnett

No matter what genre – literary fiction, memoir, or creative nonfiction – the scene is the building block of great stories. Scenes are essential because they show, rather than tell. Through a combination of in-class exercises, critical analysis and workshop, students will learn to dissect the key elements of the scene: characterization, dialogue, interior monologue, description and action. Together, the class will analyze great writers representing many styles and genres, such as Ernest Hemmingway, Gay Talese, Annie Proulx, Elmore Leonard, Michael Cunningham, and others. Students will also get the chance to write own scenes and/or revise those already written.

Mondays, Feb. 7 – Mar. 28. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $170

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Explorations in Non-fiction with Tom Swick

Whether going cross-country or just taking a walk to a new farmer’s market, it doesn’t matter. Travel writing uses the same techniques to capture both far and nearby places. This workshop shows students how to turn their explorations into evocative narratives by following three steps: research before setting out, research while on site and then putting it all down on paper with a unique voice and flow. 

Tuesdays, Feb. 8 – Mar. 29. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $170

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Memoir I: Mining Your Past with Jeannie DeQuine

Ready to put those life experiences into writing? Now is the time to learn. The class will works by memoirists, such as Isabel Allende, Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, and James Baldwin. Also, students will receive suggestions and feedback on their own writing in a supportive, non–threatening environment with time for revisions.
Tuesdays, Feb. 8 – Mar. 29. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $170

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A Blog with a Platform: Creative Writing for New Media with Alex Perez

In this New Media world, it’s never been easier for a writer to reach an audience, which is what this class is all about—How do we, as writers, cultivate and sustain a readership when the possibilities are endless? The class will study popular blogs and read short fiction, looking for ways to improve their own work. Next, with the help of social networking sites—Twitter and Facebook—students will expand said readership, building a brand.

Thursdays, Feb. 10 – Mar. 31. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $170


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The Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College promotes reading and writing throughout the year by consistently presenting high-quality literary activities open to all in South Florida. FCLA’s Creative Writing Courses offer writers in the community the chance to share their work with a supportive, yet critical community of writers whose goal is continual development. All workshops are non-credit and open to everyone in the community. It also coordinates the college’s world renowned Miami Book Fair International every fall.

All Fall Creative Writing Courses 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 call305-237-3023, or visit the FCLA website at www.flcenterlitarts.com.

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