Maitland Public Library regularly sponsors writing and poetry programs.

Poetry Coffeehouse

Join us online for an open-mic night. You are invited to read an original poem of your own or just sit back and enjoy.

Poetry during the first hour is typically suitable for poets of all ages. After the midpoint, some poems may have adult themes not suitable for all listeners.

Upcoming Poetry Coffeehouse Nights:  June 30 at 7:00 pm (Theme TBD)

Annual Poetry Contest & Coffeehouse Awards Night:

  • The annual Poetry Contest is held each year, with entries collected in March and the winners announced at the April Poetry Coffeehouse Night.
    • April 28, 2023 at 7pm – Theme: “After the Rain”

Link to enter Annual Poetry Contest

Writing Workshopsquill-175980_640

Elaine Person leads an adult writing workshop to improve your poetry and prose. The workshop is held monthly on the third Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with additional sessions throughout the year. Upcoming workshop dates can be found on our calendar.

Maitland Writers Group (subsidiary of the Florida Writers Association)

As the local chapter for the Florida Writers Association, the MWG meets monthly so that writers can help writers. Meetings often feature a presenter as well as the opportunity for members to improve their writing. Meets on second Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 pm. This program is presented by a community group and is not sponsored or endorsed by MPL.

Florida State Poets Association

The Orlando Chapter of the Florida State Poets Association meets monthly on the third Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your poetry for some peer criticism and become both a better and more involved poet! This program is presented by a community group and is neither sponsored nor endorsed by MPL.