Registration Deadline: May 31st, 2017
Manuscript Submission Deadline: August 21st, 2017
Winner’s Announcement: Friday, November 3rd, 2017
Award Ceremony & Book Signing: Saturday, December 2nd at 5PM at the Miami Conservatory of Music Hall.

Directions and Parking

2018 CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS for all the 2017 winners and finalists:

Dates:                                                                                                                                                 Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The levels are the ones the winners and finalists were rewarded for last year.

4:00 – 5:00PM: Elementary level
5:00 – 6:00PM: Middle School level
6:00 – 7:00PM: : High School level

Location:                                                                                                                                                    Miami Conservatory of Music
2911 grand avenue, Suite 400A (ground floor, next to the fountain of the Mayfair Promenade)
coconut grove, fl  33133  Directions and Parking


 12313712_1037580929597485_7159633701447460870_n5661e886a134e.png  Workshop MS  Workshop La Plume HS

Laurie Friedman is an author of many award-winning picture books, chapter book, and novels for children and Tweens. Laurie writes the popular Mallory McDonald chapter book series for 7-10 year olds. Published by Lerner Publishing Group, the series currently includes 20 titles. Laurie has a new journal format series for older readers entitled, The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair. Laurie has also written many rhyming picture books.

Laurie Friedman says that growing up she always liked reading realistic fiction and still does. “It makes me feel better when I read about a character going through something similar to what I’m going through, and seeing how that character handles the situation.” As an author, nothing makes her happier than when she receives letters from fans telling her that they can really identify with her characters. Growing up, she always kept a journal and often writes about the things that happened to her when she was younger. She also likes to write about things that happened to her own children when they were the ages of her characters.

2017 Award Ceremony invitation