May 022010

The Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College is bringing some top authors into town this week as part of its Writers Institute.

Even if you’re not participating in the institute, you can hear authors speak for free at the Lunchtime Reads series on the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. (Lunch is $10 or bring your own.)

There are a few other free presentations, too including a chance to pitch your masterpiece to agents. Here is the schedule:

  • CHENJERAI HOVE: One of Africa’s leading literary voices presents “The Literature of Social Justice,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, Room 3210, Bldg. 3, secondd floor
  • Dorothy Allison and Connie May Fowler: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5,  Room 3210, Bldg. 3, second floor.
  • Rick Bragg, Samuel G. Freedman and Carolina Garcia-Aguilera: 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, Room 3210, Bldg. 3, second floor.
  • Carolyn Forché, Mark Siegel and Teresa Dovalpage: 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, Room 3210, Bldg. 3, second floor.
  • Pitch-O-Rama: Literary agents and industry professionals will hear one-minute pitches on your book ideas. Preregistration required; details here. 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 8, Room 2106, Bldg. 2, first floor.
May 052009

bookreadersAs part of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts Writers’ Institute, Andrea Askowitz and Anjanette Delgado will give a free presentation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, entitled “You’ve Written a Book, Now What?” at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, Room 3313-14, on the third floor of Building 3.

Askowitz is the author of the memoir My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy (Cleis Press) and an adjunct professor at Florida International University. She produces and writes for Lip Service, a true-stories reading series. I’ve heard her speak, and she is really funny.

Delgado is an Emmy-winning writer and multimedia producer. Her first novel, The Heartbreak Pill (Atria), is the story of a jilted scientist who invents a reverse love potion to erase her pain.

The Writers Institute also is presenting a free Pitch-o-Rama open to all writers, with sign-up starting at 1 p.m Saturday, May 9, in Room 2106 at Miami Dade College. Participatings can give 30-second pitches for their books and get feedback.