MIAMI — The Center for Literature and Theater at Miami Dade College (MDC), formerly known as the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, has announced its new Spring Creative Writing Courses. Featuring a roster of talented authors as instructors, the courses run from Feb. 13 through April 5.

A sampling of the course offerings include:

Writing for Tweens and Teens: A Workshop for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction, with Marjetta Geerling, Mondays, Feb. 13-April 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m., registration $170. The workshop will explore the genre conventions with the specific goal of helping each writer tailor their characters, setting and plot to the juvenile market. Geerling, who lives in Miami, is the author of Fancy White Trash, which was selected as an American Library Association’s 2009 Best Books for Young Adults and for the 2009 Rainbow List.

The Next Level:  Revision Strategies for the Creative Writer, with Nick Garnett, Wednesdays, Feb. 15-April 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $170. Participants will sharpen their writing skills as they work towards refining and polishing their project. Garnett is an adjunct professor of creative writing at Florida International University.

Telling True Stories: Making Other People’s Voices (or Your Own) Be Heard, (Beginners) with Lily Prellezo, Thursdays, Feb. 16-April 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $170. Tools on how to interview, which research delivers the best results and how to write a query letter and a book proposal address the nuts and bolts of getting published. Prellezo is a freelance writer and sought-after editor for Miami business executives.

Stories that Sing: Creative Nonfiction (Advanced) with Lydia Martin, Tuesdays, Feb. 14-April 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $170. Explore aspects of creative nonfiction and the use of literary and narrative techniques in factual storytelling. Discussion topics include rhythm, texture, color and developing one’s own style. Lydia Martin is a longtime Miami Herald columnist whose work has appeared in books and in magazines such as Esquire, Oprah, People, Marie Claire, Out and Latina.

All Spring 2012 Creative Writing Courses will be held at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave. Discounted rates are available for MDC staff, as well as students currently enrolled in credit courses.

To register or to obtain more information call the center, 305-237-3940, or Nicole Swift at 305-237-3023, email or visit The Center at MDC website,