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Save the Date! May 7 - 10, 2014


Four days of intensive workshops on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, publishing, and more! All of them taught by respected visiting authors and agents in the heart of downtown Miami at the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College.


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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 Emmanuelle Morgen. Space is limited.
Lunchtime Reads – Each day, gather for lunch and hear Writers Institute faculty read from their work.
Pitch-o-Rama 2014! – On Saturday, May 10, practice the art of the one-minute pitch before a panel of industry pros. Get feedback on your book idea and free advice.  


How to register (includes link to registration forms, fees and submission instructions)

2014 Workshops:

• One-Day Publishing Lectures:
Writing Nonfiction That Sells: The Art of the Book Proposal with Rachel Vogel
How to Land the Right Agent: Selecting an Agency and Crafting the Near-Perfect Pitch with Emmanuelle Morgen

• Three-Day Workshops:
The Spirit and Craft of Poetry with Richard Blanco - SOLD OUT!

Prepping Your Novel for Prime Time with Judy Sternlight - SOLD OUT!
The First 20 Pages: Establishing Voice, Method and Narrative Stakes at the Beginning of Your Memoir with Bill Clegg and Jill Bialosky - SOLD OUT!

• Four-Day Workshops:
Nonfiction and the Craft of Storytelling with Amy Stewart
Creating Fictional Art with Robert Olen Butler

Taller de Creatividad Periodística: El Arte de Preguntar con Andrés Correa Guatarasma (workshop in Spanish) - ¡Matrícula cerrada!

- Agent Manuscript Consultations:

Agent Manuscript Consultations with Emmanuelle Morgen or Rachel Vogel



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 registrations staff if you require clarification.


*The Writers Institute Refund Policy

Please note that because enrollment in most workshops is limited to 15 students, we must have ample time to seek and register a replacement should you be forced to cancel your attendance to the Writers Institute. For that reason, the deadline to cancel your registration for any workshop or lecture and receive a full refund is Tuesday, April 1, 2014. After that date, we will not be able to offer any refunds.