Middle School
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Middle School
Writing Bee

For Grades 6 and up

Jamal Joseph

American writer, filmmaker, poet, activist, educator, and member of The Black Panther Party

The Power of Spoken Word

This year’s theme will explore how spoken word can be a vehicle for students from all backgrounds to tell stories, express thoughts, emotions and convey levels of understanding of content and concepts while reaching their full writing potential.


November - January
Registration & Onboarding
February - May
Qualifying Rounds
The Writing Bee Finals

In Search Of
The 2019
Writing Bee

Any school or district can conduct its own Qualifying Writing Bee

Writers with winning entries (as voted for by the students) move forward into the Finals

The Finals are knockout style rounds to crown the 2019 Writing Bee Champions!

About the Author

About author jj

About the Author

Jamal is a Professor of Professional Practice, Film at Columbia University and is currently directing the adaptation of his memoir, Panther Baby (Algonquin Books) into a full length feature film.

In addition to being featured in countless television and print productions, Jamal is the author of Tupac, Legacy (Simon & Schuster). He has also written the script for a Broadway musical based on the life of Tupac Shakur. He is the founder and artistic director of IMPACT, a Harlem-based youth theatre company, and executive director of New Heritage Films, a not-for-profit organization that provides training and opportunities for minority filmmakers.


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