MIAMI — The Miami-Dade Public Library System is seeking a dynamic young adult author to be its 2012 Young Adult Writer-in-Residence. The program is designed to encourage teens, 12-18, in the creative writing process during a three-month residency from September through November 2012.  The program is made possible with the support of the Knight Foundation.

The selected author will mentor 20 teens and develop and present workshops to help them develop their writing skills and provide critique and feedback on short stories, poems, plays and novels which will be submitted online.

To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, have professionally published at least two young adult fiction books, have experience in teaching, writing, mentoring or as a manuscript evaluator or editor. The selected author will be subject to an official background check.

To apply, submit a resume (include a list of literary publications and experience in conducting writing courses, workshops, editing, etc.),  a statement of personal mentoring philosophy, a description of a personal writing project that may be worked on during the residency and a 2-3 minute video introduction to the teens who may be participating in the program.

Applications must be submitted by e-mail to by the deadline, Friday, March 30, 2012.

For more information contact Cynthia Bermudez at 305-667-6121.