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2nd Annual Brentwood Library Literacy Festival

May 20, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Friends of Brentwood Library celebrate James Weldon Johnson 151th  Birthday with the second annual James Weldon Johnson Young Writers Festival. Now Enrolling Students in Grades 3rd -12th. Free Registration Begins: May 4, 2022 – May 20, 2022. The Festival consists of:

  • Poetry Contest
  • Workshops With Authors
  • Visual & Performing Arts Clinics
  • Showcase Performances
  • Career Day
  • And Young Authors Awards Ceremony

Elementary Division (EM) Grades 3-5

1st Place $200, 2nd Place $150, 3rd Place $125, and three $50 Honorable Mention

Middle High (MH) Division Grades 6-8

1st Place $300, 2nd Place $250, 3rd Place $200, and three $75 Honorable Mention

Senior High (SH) Division Grades 9-12

1st Place $2000, 2nd Place $1,500, 3rd Place $1,000 and three $100 Honorable Mention

Entry Submission Due May 21, 2022

JWJ Young Writers Festival Dates

June 15-19, 2022, JPL Main Branch Conference Center/JWJ Park

June 15-17- Workshop 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (meals included)

June 18, 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Career Day/Young Authors Award Ceremony

June 18- JWJ Park: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Celebrating JWJ Birthday: Family

Fun: Students Poetry Jam Performances, Entertainment, Speakers,

Food/Vendors, June 19, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Celebrating Juneteenth

(Schedule is subject to changes)

Spaces are limited to 50 students per school range (division). Families must attend orientation and follow the course programming to stay eligible for the prizes. Students will be immersed in essentially a literary apprenticeship. Being coached and groomed during workshops with local authors, playwrights, and other professional writers.

“It is all about showing the children various careers that incorporate the literacy skills we develop at the Brentwood Library” says Board Secretary,  Vanessa Davis. “In light of the recent violence in the area, we owe these opportunities to the community.”

This festival is presented by The Friends of Brentwood Public Library, Inc., co-sponsored in part by the City of Jacksonville and presented with Full Service Schools, Jacksonville Public Library, Author’s Roundtable, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. The Friends of Brentwood Library aims to illuminate different paths to success through literacy, and to encourage children all across Duval County to express themselves through writing. Register your child now for a chance to win through reading!

Link for registrationhttps://friendsofbrentwoodlibrary.org/jwj-2022/

Questions about the Festival? Contact Info@friendsofbrentwoodlibrary.org

About the Friends of Brentwood Public Library, Inc.

The Friends of Brentwood Public Library, Inc. was formed by Matriarch Sharon Coon during the City of Jacksonville’s economic crisis in 2013. The 13.9 percent city-wide budget decrease threatened the closure of the Brentwood Public Library, an urban core library, and five other library branches as part of a $2.4M reduction in the library budget. Now thanks to the Friends of Brentwood Library, more than 560,319 customers benefit from the Brentwood Branch Library services and from the Friends of Brentwood Library’s literacy and community outreach events from 2013.

Press Contact:

Sharon Coon



Ms. Vanessa Davis
Board Secretary
The Friends of Brentwood Public Library, Inc.


May 20, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Brentwood Public Library
3725 N. Pearl St.
Jacksonville, United States
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