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.
• Visiting Writers: Established and emerging writers from Florida and elsewhere help Miami Dade College students, pupils in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools System and diverse members of the community deepen their understanding of literature and sharpen their creative writing abilities.
• Classroom Collaborations give the Center the opportunity to work alongside Miami Dade College professors to choose authors whose books are appropriate for special topics classes. The Center then brings those authors into the classrooms.
• The Center’s open-to-the-public reading series, Write Out Loud and Café Bohemio, present visiting and local authors and musicians in English and Spanish.
• Creative Writing Courses offer everyone in our community the chance to share their work with a supportive yet critical community of writers whose goal is continual development.
• The Center’s literacy-focused initiatives, One Book, One Community; One Picture Book, One Community; El Club de Lectores; and The Big Read, encourage an appreciation for books with the goal of fostering dialogue in the community and enhancing the reading skills of children and adults. The Big Read is a nationwide reading initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. Miami Dade College students participating in the First Year in College initiative read the semester’s featured title then participate in events that encourage them to exchange ideas with their peers and professors.
• Miami Book Fair International features readings by more than 400 authors from all over the world, book-centered fun for children and the chance to explore many cultures at the International Village. In 2008, the Fair celebrated its 25th anniversary.
• The close relationship between theatre and literature prompted the Center to embrace Prometeo, a community theatre with the mission of preserving the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. Prometeo Theatre enjoys the distinction of being the only one of its kind in the nation to offer a quality theatre program in Spanish. Courses and workshops are offered throughout the year.
• The Writers Institute offers four days of intensive workshops on poetry, fiction, nonfiction, publishing and more. These are complemented by readings and festive gatherings.
A multi-campus, state-supported college, with eight campuses and numerous outreach centers, Miami Dade College is nationally recognized as one of the largest and best colleges in America, serving more than 160,000 students each year in both credit and noncredit courses. The College plays a very active role in the cultural climate of our dynamic, multi-ethnic community and is well known for top quality artistic initiatives. The Florida Center for the Literary Arts, Miami Book Fair International and Prometeo Theatre are prime examples of the college’s commitment to the arts.