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The Center works with Miami Dade College professors from all of the College’s campuses to create credit classes that explore varied literary themes. Working together, the Center and the professors identify writers in all genres, as well as journalists, to come to the college and work with the students in these classes to enhance their understanding of the themes under discussion. While in residence, these authors also deliver a public lecture, allowing South Floridians to partake in all Center’s sponsored programs. When appropriate, the visiting authors also visit a Community Education non-credit creative writing workshop and lecture on craft according to his or her experience. A writer spends anywhere from three days to one week in residence.


Example of Residency
During the 2003-2004 season, the Center worked with English professors Ana Hernandez and Emily Sendin to create two credit classes—one at the InterAmerican Campus and the other at Wolfson Campus--titled, Giving Voice to Women. As a result 6 writers spent one week each in residence. Sandra Benitez, Nalo Hopkinson, Margot Livesay, Sonia Sanchez, Francine Prose, and Gail Tsukiyama.


One-Time Visit

Sometimes a writer comes to the College for a one-time visit. That happens when a College professor or Community Education creative writing instructor requests a specific writer to talk to his or her class, or if another community organization partners with the Center. From time-to-time writers on a book tour will present his or her work to the community during a public reading.


Examples of One-time Visits
This season the Center is working with the Kendall Campus library and other community partners to present a writer whose book has been chosen for the Jewish Literature reading/discussion series. The Center is also partnering with the Historical Museum of Southern Florida to present a writer who will lecture on the theme of the museum’s spring exhibition, Visions of the Caribbean.

Among many other writers, The Center has hosted:

Helene Atwan • Barbara Bottner • Jacqueline Deval • Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni • Alberto Fuguet • Gerald Hausman • Mark Kurlansky • Betsy Lerner • Roland Merullo • Mirta Ojito • Ilan Stavans • Antonio Skarmeta • George Soros

Want to be an author-in-residence?

Authors receive an honorarium in addition to lodging and travel expenses. Residences are three-days to one week long. The Center is also looking for writers interested in teaching creative writing, or publishing professionals who want to guide emerging writers during workshops. For more information or to express your interest, contact Lissette Mendez, program coordinator, by e-mail at or by phone at 305.237.3298.