The Laureate Lab | Youth Poetry Workshops

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

On February 9th: Make It Fresh - Breaking Patterns & Silences

Do you find yourself writing about the same thing, in the same way? In this workshop you will learn strategies for how to say it new.

Facilitator: Arisa White grew up in Brooklyn, New York, is an MFA graduate from UMass Amherst, a Cave Canem fellow, NAACP Image Award nominee and the author of four collections of poetry.

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 St.
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 238-3134