Professor Elizabeth Nunez. News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 16, 2016: The Caribbean’s excellent literary tradition remains in good hands with several Caribbean-born authors keeping the strong institution alive. Here are five you should know:
Presented and produced by Miami Dade College. Miami, July 28, 2016 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Book Fair, the nation’s finest and largest literary gathering, will celebrate its 33rd edition this year Nov. 13 – 20 at MDC Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. More than 200 exhibitors from around the country will participate during the weekend Street Fair, Nov. 18 – 20.
What Editors Want: Understanding the Process of Submitting to Literary Magazines. Demystify editors’ expectations and streamline your process from rejection to acceptance to publication. One day | Saturday, September 17 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | $60. Instructor: Lynne Barrett
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. July 28, 2016: The Caribbean has long been known for its excellence in literature and the arts and several Caribbean-born writers and poets are keeping that flag aloft. Here are three you should know:
We Are Charleston – an essential, multi-layered exploration of the tragic events experienced by South Carolina’s famed Mother Emanuel Church last summer – has been released through the W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson. The book, written by South Carolina-based writers Herb Frazier (award-winning journalist and childhood member of Mother Emanuel), Dr. Bernard Edward Powers (AME Church member and professor of history at the College of Charleston) and Majory Wentworth (South Carolina’s Poet Laureate), is based on extensive interviews with family and friends of “The Emanuel Nine” – the church members who lost their lives on June 17, 2015, when a young white man opened fire on a prayer meeting at the church.
Kelley Armstrong is well-known for her 33 fantasy novels, beginning with the marvellous Bitten. She has now written a thriller, City of the Lost (Minotaur Books), and we asked her why she changed tack. She explained, "With the Otherworld, I saw my style as a fantasy and thriller mash-up. In the Cainsville series, I increased the mystery and decreased the fantasy, and realized that was the direction I wanted to head.
Miami Book Fair (MBF) produced by Miami Dade College (MDC), in partnership with Imagineart Media Productions, will present Mr. Michel Joseph Martelly, former President of Haiti. Martelly will discuss his new book, Michel Martelly Autobiographie, at 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus.
As Mother’s Day approaches, it can be a difficult time for women who have lost their mothers to death. Author L.K. Alexander-Bedford wrote Straight from the Heart and Spirit of a Mother to bring comfort, strength and faith to all women in need but especially to those like her, the motherless. During this Mother’s Day weekend, she hopes to encourage young women who miss that very important bond.
Wednesday, May 4 - Saturday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 4-Day Workshop. This workshop will offer concrete strategies for writing when the only teacher available is a book. We will explore the ways “reading to write” can result in new poems. During the week we will look at how an assortment of poems “shadow,” imitate, and are in conversation with other poems and other forms (music, film, journalism). Most importantly, inventive imitations and transformations will be generated in response to the reading.
Wednesday, May 4 - Saturday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 4-Day Workshop. Are your characters falling flat? Has your plot soured and curdled? This workshop proposes the cure: conflict through character, or the bottom-up approach. While many writers start with an idea of a plot or even a theme, this workshop starts with the proposition that when we let our characters do what they will, we end up with conflicts that soar, plots that dazzle. We will visit with your old characters and your new ones: all you need to bring are their thoughts and voices, a pen and paper (or a laptop), and your creative willingness.
Wednesday, May 4 - Friday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 3-Day Workshop. Writing is complicated. Character, plot, imagery, metaphor, voice…there is so much to master in order to make a piece of fiction. But all of the story’s effects are built out of words, out of simple sentences. A good sentence can reveal the hidden meaning of the story, be the key to unlocking a character, or set the tone for the entire piece. In this class we will discover how the act of simply focusing on the sentence, one after another, is the fundamental tool in every phase of writing. From first draft to deep revision to final polish, finding the right sentence is your only task.
Wednesday, May 4 - Friday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 3-Day Workshop. Life often presents itself as one damned thing after another. When we set out to write about some aspect of our lives, paralysis may set in. Why this moment and not that one? Why this detail and not that other one? Given the seemingly endless array of choices, a writer might throw up her hands in confusion or despair, or fall victim to the “kitchen sink” approach. But not everything belongs, and — as V.S. Pritchettonce said — It’s all in the art. You don’t get credit for living.
Wednesday, May 4 - Thursday, May 5, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. 2-Day Publishing Seminar. 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 take you through the entire publishing process. This step- by -step, soups- to -nuts workshop will remove the smoke and mirrors from the murky world of publishing and give writers a compass and map to a successfully published book.