The Laureate Lab | Youth Poetry Workshops

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Join us for FREE writing workshops for youth (age 13-18) leading up to the annual Oakland Youth Poet Laureate contest.

On March 9th: Show, Don't Tell

What brings writing to life? How do you link images and take your writing to the next level? How can you take your audience on a journey with you? This workshop will help you avoid abstractions and get down to concrete storytelling.

Facilitator: Mg Roberts is a good speller. She is a Kundiman Fellow, Kelsey Street Press member, and MFA graduate of New College of California, where strange tricks were added to her bag. Her first full-length poetry book, not so, sea, is forthcoming from Durga Press.

The Laureate Lab pairs award-winning local authors with young poets (age 13-18) for a very special workshop series. Unleash your voice, take risks and develop your best work – just in time for the city’s premier poetry contest this April. Come write the best poems of your life, meet fellow writers and get ready to become Oakland’s next Youth Poet Laureate. Contest entry not required to attend workshops. Just come write!

Learn more about the Youth Poet Laureate program and $5000 scholarship here.


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Main Library

Bradley Walters Community Room
125 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 238-3134