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Memoir writing workshop with Raphael Lima at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (January 15, 2016)

The Deering Estate presents A Memoir Writing Workshop with Raphael Lima on Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Deering Estate Theatre and grounds located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue. The workshop, led by Raphael Lima, University of Miami Professor, as well as a published novelist, screenwriter, playwright and journalist, will teach techniques and strategies for those interested in creating a contemporary memoir by translating their personal life stories into compelling narratives.

The one day workshop is offered at an introductory program price of $40 per person, for ages 18 and older, and can be purchased by calling 305-235-1668 ext. 233, onsite at the visitor center ticket office (daily, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm), or online.

About the Workshop:
Every life holds many stories. Whether your life is wildly unconventional or relatively normal, there’s bound to be something fascinating about it. In this workshop, based on creating a contemporary memoir, you will learn the techniques of focusing your life stories into compelling narratives. Whether you seek to write essay-length pieces or a full length memoir, we’ll show you how to best tell the stories from your life and how to get them published. The workshop will be equally helpful for writers who are just beginning the journey of telling their story as for those seasoned writers who want to be inspired in a group setting.

Workshop schedule:
• Introductions, aspirations, read out loud and discuss readings
• Generating your fiction and nonfiction book outline and work-shopping scenes from existing materials
• Re-writing techniques that work
• Lunch Break
• Writing convincing dialogue and writing sharp, elegant prose
• Dramatic structure for fiction and nonfiction
• The new publishing realities—independent or traditional—Do I really need an agent? Q&A

About Rafael Lima:
Lima is a University of Miami Professor as well as a published novelist, screenwriter, playwright and journalist. He has been writing since his teens becoming a general assignment reporter for a local paper and moving through the ranks becoming a stringer TV reporter for CNN.

Based on his experience as a stringer reporter during the civil war in El Salvador, Rafael Lima's first full length play, "El Salvador," was developed and staged at the Circle Repertory Theater in New York and published by Samuel French and Applause books. After an extended run in New York City to rave reviews El Salvador was translated, published and produced internationally in seven languages and went on to productions at the prestigious Steppenwolf theatre as well as the New Theatre in Los Angeles where the play garnished Lima the L.A. Drama Critic's Circle award, a Dramalogue Award as well as a Rockefeller Grant for excellence in dramatic writing. Five more of Mr. Lima's plays were produced at the prestigious Circle Repertory Theatre in New York City and were later produced in theatres across the country.

After a successful career as a playwright Lima moved to Los Angeles where he wrote feature screenplays for Paramount, Disney, Castle Rock and Desi-Lu productions. Mr. Lima has also written for several T.V. series including China Beach, Wiseguy; Teleplay Pilots for Fox, Spelling Entertainment, Warner Brothers, HBO, ABC, and was the original writer of the Andy Garcia/HBO produced TV movie "For God and Country." Additionally Rafael Lima has written numerous documentary projects for PBS and the Discovery Channel which have garnered him an Emmy nomination, three Telly awards, Aurora broadcasting awards as well as Communicator awards.

Lima has also written feature articles for national publications including Tropic magazine, Smithsonian Air and Space, Florida Travel, Caribbean Travel and Life, Surfer magazine, Sport Diver as well as the Washington Post, and Huffington Post.
Rafael teaches journalism at the University of Miami and conducts writing seminars and workshops all over the country. Events may contain mature content and is recommended for audiences 14 and older with parental discretion advised.
Arts Programming at the Deering Estate is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the South Florida Theatre League, and the Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided nature hikes, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.

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