Writing and Performance Workshops

We make life new by re-telling it.
Life. Stories. Life stories. Life is story.

Every year, Youth Speaks presents over 500 hours of free, after-school workshops to hundreds of teenagers in safe spaces across the Bay Area. A place for artistic and critical growth, the after-school workshops focus on different aspects of writing, from fiction, playwriting, and poetry, to performance, desktop publishing, and poetry slam. Workshops are taught by leading poets, writers, spoken word artists, and cultural activists, and typically run in 5 to 10-week blocks. Each workshop is open to any youth 13 – 19 years old.

All workshops are FREE and no registration is necessary.


Hold the Mirror
Thursdays from 4 – 6pm
With Gabriel Cortez
@ Berkeley Public Library
2090 Kittredge Street, near Downtown Berkeley BART


Life as Primary Text
Wednesdays from 4 – 6pm
With Dennis Kim
@ Youth Speaks’ Office
1663 Mission Street, # 604, San Francisco


Rhythm and Poetry
Thursdays from 4 – 6pm
With M.C. K~Swift
@ African American Arts and Culture Complex
762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
In Collaboration with Project Level (www.projectlevel.org)

Generously funded by the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and their Families, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, the San Francisco Foundation, the Kimball Foundation, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Walter and Elise Haas Fund, The Lia Fund, the Clorox Company Foundation, the Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation, the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, and individuals who believe in the power of the word when it is in the hands of young people.