MDC’s Miami Book Fair Offers Free Online Creative Writing + Performance Workshops for Teens

Miami, Feb. 3, 2024 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Book Fair is offering a workshop series to help teens shape their unique writing and spoken voice. Register now for the 2024 Speak Up creative writing workshop series, Feb. 10 – March 23, designed for Miami-Dade County teens in grades 6 – 12. The seven-week virtual program is free of charge.

The series kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 10, with Ebony LaDelle, the author of Love Radio—which was People magazine’s best book of the summer, a 2023 Audie Award Finalist, a 2023 Michigan Notable Book, Apple Books’ best book of 2022, an Amazon’s Editor Pick and was featured on The Today Show.

Teens (ages 13-19) will engage in brainstorming activities, craft exercises and writing workshops, working closely with professional writers and teaching artists to develop their skills through interactive sessions focused on different genres. Established poets, graphic novelists, fiction authors and other professionals will encourage students through the creative writing process. No previous writing experience necessary.

From drafting to performance to publishing, the workshops provide an invaluable opportunity to empower youths through community-based writing activities.

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About Miami Book Fair
Founded in 1984 by Miami Dade College and partners, Miami Book Fair engages the community through inclusive, accessible programs that promote reading and support writers year-round. The annual eight-day festival has grown into the largest and most comprehensive community-rooted literary gathering in the United States generating discourse on contemporary literature and current issues of international importance. Throughout the rest of the year, Miami Book Fair responds hosts an ongoing schedule of activities, including The Little Haiti Book Festival; creative writing and publishing workshops; author presentations; reading campaigns; and Read to Learn Books for Free, a partnership with The Children’s Trust that distributes more than 150,000 free books a year to children in Miami-Dade County.  Miami Book Fair programming is made possible through generous support from the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; Miami Downtown Development Authority; and Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners. Miami Book Fair: Building community, one reader at a time.

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Miami Book Fair contact: Lisa Palley, Palley Promotes, 305-642-3132,