Workshop for writers to be hosted at Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina in April

Hemingway fishing. PHOTO COURTESY of Bimini Big Game Club.
Hemingway fishing. PHOTO COURTESY of Bimini Big Game Club.

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his tiny island in the stream, which has attracted its share of acclaimed authors looking for inspiration (not to mention some world class fishing), is reaching out to aspiring and experienced writers to participate in a three-day workshop this spring hosted by the historic Big Game Club Resort & Marina in Alice Town.

To be held in the resort’s Gulfstream Conference Center and adjoining Hemingway’s Rum Bar and Social Lounge, the Writer’s Workshop is scheduled for April 23-26, 2015. Leading the workshop will be Miami-based novelist, playwright and screenwriter Rafael Lima, a professor in the School of Communications at the University of Miami. A well-known literary agent will join Lima, who conducts writing seminars and workshops around the country.

Workshop topics will include:

  • Generating your fiction and nonfiction book outline.
  • Work-shopping scenes from existing materials.
  • Re-writing techniques that work.
  • Writing convincing dialogue.
  • Writing sharp, elegant prose.
  • Dramatic structure for fiction and nonfiction.
  • The new publishing realities—independent or traditional—do I really need an agent?

The cost, (excluding travel) is $750, which includes the workshop, room and taxes. For more information on the Writer’s Workshop contact

Currently, the Big Game Club has introduced a Writer in Residence Program, available to one writer each week. The program, which runs from January to April 2015, provides a writer with complimentary lodging Sunday through Thursday, except holidays. Transportation, food and beverage, government fees and other related costs are the responsibility of the writer.

“In addition to the Writer in Residence Program we wanted to craft a formal workshop where writers can not only share their ideas and writings, but can pick up some very valuable, professional information as to how to be commercially successful,” said Sales and Marketing Director Diana Weber.

It was Ernest Hemingway, who lived, fished and wrote in Bimini for two seasons in the 1930s, who is credited for putting Bimini on the international stage. For Hemingway, western author Zane Grey, retail store magnate Michael Lerner and many others, Bimini was the place to land record fish in the 30s, 40s, 50s and early 60s.

While in Bimini, Papa wrote To Have and Have Not and Bimini was the backdrop for Hemingway’s posthumously published work Islands in the Stream.