Speak Up

Speak Up is a teen creative writing and performance program supporting the artistic, creative, and professional growth of teens (13-19), though writing and spoken word performance.

The program partners experienced teaching artists and spoken-word performers with teenagers to boost literacy and empower youth in Miami through a community-based writing and performance practice, including weekly after-school creative writing workshops for teens, open mics, student showcase readings, an annual anthology of student work, with opportunities to compete in regional poetry slam competitions.

For more information and to apply, visit miamibookfair.com/speakup.

Upcoming Events

February 2020

Monday, February 24 @ 4:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Speak Up After-school Creative Writing Workshop with Aja Monet

Join us Speak Up after-school creative writing workshops are taught by nationally-recognized and experienced teaching artists at MDC’s Koubek Center on Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. The focus of these workshops is to cultivate the creative writing process in spoken word and performance poetry, from drafting to performance to publishing to slam competitions, to empower participants, equip them for success, and build a lasting literary community in South Florida. For more information and to apply, visit miamibookfair.com/speakup. Guest Speaker: Aja Monet  …

March 2020

Monday, March 2 @ 4:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Speak Up After-school Creative Writing Workshop

Join us Speak Up after-school creative writing workshops are taught by nationally-recognized and experienced teaching artists at MDC’s Koubek Center on Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. The focus of these workshops is to cultivate the creative writing process in spoken word and performance poetry, from drafting to performance to publishing to slam competitions, to empower participants, equip them for success, and build a lasting literary community in South Florida. For more information and to apply, visit miamibookfair.com/speakup. The main workshop facilitator is Cecily Schuler,…

Monday, March 9 @ 4:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Speak Up After-school Creative Writing Workshop with Kyandreia Jones

Join us Speak Up after-school creative writing workshops are taught by nationally-recognized and experienced teaching artists at MDC’s Koubek Center on Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. The focus of these workshops is to cultivate the creative writing process in spoken word and performance poetry, from drafting to performance to publishing to slam competitions, to empower participants, equip them for success, and build a lasting literary community in South Florida. For more information and to apply, visit miamibookfair.com/speakup. Choose Your Own Adventure: Poetry Edition with Local Author Kyandreia Jones BEWARE and WARNING!…

Saturday, March 14 @ 1:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Speak Up After-school Creative Writing Workshop with Jarod Roselló

Telling Our Own Stories: A Making Comics Workshop with Jarod Roselló, author of Red Panda & Moon Bear Comics is a powerful literary and artistic medium for telling stories. Combining cartoon imagery and text in sequential art, cartooning allows us to weave together memories, experiences, and imaginings into complex visual narratives. These narratives can take any form and cover any content. In this workshop, attendees will learn the foundational principles behind cartooning and narrative structure, and create their own short comics.…

Monday, March 16 @ 4:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Speak Up After-school Creative Writing Workshop

Join us Speak Up after-school creative writing workshops are taught by nationally-recognized and experienced teaching artists at MDC’s Koubek Center on Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. The focus of these workshops is to cultivate the creative writing process in spoken word and performance poetry, from drafting to performance to publishing to slam competitions, to empower participants, equip them for success, and build a lasting literary community in South Florida. For more information and to apply, visit miamibookfair.com/speakup. The main workshop facilitator is Cecily Schuler,…

Monday, March 30 @ 4:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Speak Up After-school Creative Writing Workshop

Join us Speak Up after-school creative writing workshops are taught by nationally-recognized and experienced teaching artists at MDC’s Koubek Center on Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. The focus of these workshops is to cultivate the creative writing process in spoken word and performance poetry, from drafting to performance to publishing to slam competitions, to empower participants, equip them for success, and build a lasting literary community in South Florida. For more information and to apply, visit miamibookfair.com/speakup. The main workshop facilitator is Cecily Schuler,…

April 2020

Monday, April 6 @ 4:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Speak Up After-school Creative Writing Workshop

Join us Speak Up after-school creative writing workshops are taught by nationally-recognized and experienced teaching artists at MDC’s Koubek Center on Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. The focus of these workshops is to cultivate the creative writing process in spoken word and performance poetry, from drafting to performance to publishing to slam competitions, to empower participants, equip them for success, and build a lasting literary community in South Florida. For more information and to apply, visit miamibookfair.com/speakup. The main workshop facilitator is Cecily Schuler,…

Monday, April 13 @ 4:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Speak Up After-school Creative Writing Workshop

Join us Speak Up after-school creative writing workshops are taught by nationally-recognized and experienced teaching artists at MDC’s Koubek Center on Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. The focus of these workshops is to cultivate the creative writing process in spoken word and performance poetry, from drafting to performance to publishing to slam competitions, to empower participants, equip them for success, and build a lasting literary community in South Florida. For more information and to apply, visit miamibookfair.com/speakup. The main workshop facilitator is Cecily Schuler,…

Monday, April 20 @ 4:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Speak Up After-school Creative Writing Workshop

Join us Speak Up after-school creative writing workshops are taught by nationally-recognized and experienced teaching artists at MDC’s Koubek Center on Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. The focus of these workshops is to cultivate the creative writing process in spoken word and performance poetry, from drafting to performance to publishing to slam competitions, to empower participants, equip them for success, and build a lasting literary community in South Florida. For more information and to apply, visit miamibookfair.com/speakup. The main workshop facilitator is Cecily Schuler,…

Monday, April 27 @ 4:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Speak Up After-school Creative Writing Workshop

Join us Speak Up after-school creative writing workshops are taught by nationally-recognized and experienced teaching artists at MDC’s Koubek Center on Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. The focus of these workshops is to cultivate the creative writing process in spoken word and performance poetry, from drafting to performance to publishing to slam competitions, to empower participants, equip them for success, and build a lasting literary community in South Florida. For more information and to apply, visit miamibookfair.com/speakup. The main workshop facilitator is Cecily Schuler,…

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Past Events

February 2020

Monday, February 10 @ 4:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Speak Up After-school Creative Writing Workshop with Mahogany L. Browne

Join us Speak Up after-school creative writing workshops are taught by nationally-recognized and experienced teaching artists at MDC’s Koubek Center on Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. The focus of these workshops is to cultivate the creative writing process in spoken word and performance poetry, from drafting to performance to publishing to slam competitions, to empower participants, equip them for success, and build a lasting literary community in South Florida. For more information and to apply, visit miamibookfair.com/speakup. Poems to Power,

Monday, February 3 @ 4:00 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Speak Up After-school Creative Writing Workshop

Join us Speak Up after-school creative writing workshops are taught by nationally-recognized and experienced teaching artists at MDC’s Koubek Center on Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. The focus of these workshops is to cultivate the creative writing process in spoken word and performance poetry, from drafting to performance to publishing to slam competitions, to empower participants, equip them for success, and build a lasting literary community in South Florida. For more information and to apply, visit miamibookfair.com/speakup. The main workshop facilitator is Cecily Schuler,…

December 2019

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Speak Up! Teen Creative Writing and Performance Program Fall Showcase

This fall, Miami Book Fair launched Speak Up!, an after-school poetry and performance program that supports the artistic, personal, and professional growth of high school students in Miami-Dade County. Each week, our students studied with experienced teaching artists to generate, edit, and perform brand-new work, strengthening their writing and speaking skills with confidence, and forming new friendships along the way. Please join us to celebrate their dedication and hard work this semester at this special one-of-a-kind Fall Showcase. Featured students include: Maria Arango,…

Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Teen Haiku Death Match

The writing and sharing of haiku is a deeply entrenched cultural practice in the poetry slam community, and the participants of the Haiku Death Match have been historically celebrated for their wit and use of well-crafted images. Haiku is a short poetic form popularized by a Japanese poet named Matsuo Bashō. In the early 1670s, Bashō and his students devised an event called “the seashell game”: poets competed head-to-head with their original haiku and a winner was selected by a judge.…

September 2019

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 3:30 pm
Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135 United States

Speak Up: Teen Poetry and Performance Program

Classes begin Wednesday, September 25. By application only. Visit miamibookfair.com/speakup for more information. Speak Up after-school creative writing workshops are taught by nationally-recognized and experienced teaching artists at MDC’s Koubek Center on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. The focus of these workshops is to cultivate the creative writing process in spoken word and performance poetry, from drafting to performance to publishing to slam competitions, to empower participants, equip them for success, and build a lasting literary community in South Florida.…

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