Gabriela Garcia Medina
Gabriela Garcia Medina
- 2016 Hedgebrook Screenwriting Fellow
- Nominated Poet Laureate 2015
- Performer of the Year APCA 2010/2011
Gabriela Garcia Medina is a spoken word poet, and filmmaker who utilizes the mediums of Film, Poetry, and Spoken Word, to address issues of identity and social injustice (often through the use of humor, comedy and light-heartedness). A 2013, Poet Laureate Nominee, Gabriela has performed her spoken word poetry at over 1000 Colleges and Universities across the United States. Internationally, she’s performed her spoken word at the Havana Jazz Festival (2003), the World Social Forum, Brazil (2005), Her one-woman show was the best-selling act on the US National College circuit from 2007-2011, and has had a run at the REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles, the Yale Peabody Museum, and Casa 0101 Theater. Her poems have appeared on commercials for Dove, Coca Cola and Toyota, and Gabriela has opened the stage for artists and influential figures such as Black Eyed Peas (Cesar Chavez March 2006), Pitbull (NCLR Conference, Miami), Kamala Harris (Sony Studios, 2010), Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton (NCLR Conference, Miami), Mayor Villaraigosa, Deepak Chopra (2007), and Thich Nhat Hahn (2007). She has taught Poetry, Spoken Word and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta, GA (2016).
The Art of Spoken Word
The purpose of this workshop is for students to write one complete rough draft of a spoken word poem. We will explore poetry structure, developing a creative voice, finding a story through unconventional means (such as newspaper clippings, current events, Facebook, music, art. etc.) Students will learn editing skills through workshopping their poems in class, and offering creative constructive feedback to one another.
Identity and Self Awareness through Poetry
The purpose of this workshop is for students to use poetry as a medium for self-awareness. We will explore creative writing activities to delve deep into personal questions about identity. Although students will be encouraged to share their writing with one another, it is not a requirement, they only requirement is honesty, openness, and a willingness to participate. This workshop has been taught for College students, High School students, Social Entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, etc. It’s great for community and team building as well as bringing self-awareness.
Students will learn screenwriting fundamentals. The technical format of a screenplay, and will develop short 5-10 page short films/scenes (these can be original scenes, or spec scripts for existing shows). Students will critique each other’s work and offer creative feedback, and ideas for edits and revisions. Students should leave this workshop with ‘sellable’ short scripts that adhere to industry standards. This class will not only be fun, and creative, but will also introduce students to the mechanics of a powerful and marketable skill.
Short Story Workshop
This is an intensive creative writing workshop. Student will write a complete rough draft of a short story by the end of the hour. We will have in class writing activities to develop structure, character, awaken the subconscious, and construct plot. We will create a skeleton using the three Act structure. We will share our work, and offer creative constructive criticism to our peers, that can help further edit and polish our stories.
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
What our clients have to say...
Gabriela’s performance was incredible. We had a big crowd and her poems got a lot of positive feedback. She was a pleasure to work with and I really appreciate everything you both put into the event!
- Quinnipiac University
I still receive rave reviews from faculty, students and staff who attended the event. Gabriela selected very relevant and powerful poems from her repertoire that really resonated with our students and faculty alike. She was personable as she introduced herself and her work, which made the audience very receptive to her from the start. Moreover, Gabriela was the consummate professional and I know that our aspiring poets walked away from her performance inspired by her delivery and message. As one of the coordinators for the event, I worked with Gabriela behind the scenes and she couldn’t have been more easygoing and pleasant to work with.
- St Leo University
It was great! I've heard really great feedback from a lot of students on campus saying that they loved how open and honest she was. She talked about a lot of things that have been very prevalent on campus and I think because of that she connected with a lot of our students!
- Augustana College