Speak Up: Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How much does it cost?
    It’s free! Even the parking!
  • Are snacks allowed?
    There are water fountains across the campus, so bring a reusable water bottle. We will provide some light snacks, but of course, you are welcome to bring your own, or purchase snacks from the vending machines.
  • How do I get there? 
    Bus route 27 every 20 minutes (SW 27th Ave and SW 2nd St or SW 4th St)
    Bus route 8 every 30 minutes (SW 27th Ave and SW 8th St)
    Bus route 11 and 51 every 20 minutes (corner of W 27th Ave and W Flagler). Bus route 51 can be accessed from the Government Center Metro Train Station at NW 1st Ave and NW 1st St.
    There is free parking available at the Koubek Center.
  • Is the venue accessible?
    The Koubek Center is a Miami-Dade College venue, which is fully ADA compliant.
  • Do I have to attend all of the workshops and open mics?
    Both workshop and open mic attendance is optional. However, we hope that Speak Up writers attend and participate fully in all workshops, open mics and special events to the extent that they are able.
  • Can I get school credit for attending workshops and/or open mics?
    Upon request, Miami Book Fair can provide a letter at the end of the semester stating a student attendance record, but these events cannot, at this time, be utilized for school credit.
  • Can I invite my friends to workshop and/or open mics?
    Yes! All workshops and open mics are open to all teens between the ages of 13 and 18.
  • Can 8th graders register?
    Students under the 9th grade level and/or under the age of 13 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Marci at mcanciob@mdc.edu or 305.237.3258.