Writing and Performance Workshops

FREE Writing and Performance Workshops


Bay Area writers (13-19 years old), put pen to paper with fellow poets at 1 of our 4 FREE after school writing and performance workshops every Thursday after school in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. Come to sharpen your craft, make new friends and get free.


After School Free Writing & Performance Workshops 2017-2018

September 14th, 2017 – May 31st, 2018
Open to ALL 13-19 year olds
with Open Enrollment all year round – Just Show Up!

Turn up the Volume! – facilitated by Frak
The Mix @ San Francisco Public Library (100 Larkin St, San Francisco)
Thursdays, Sept. 14th 2017 – May 31st 2018; 4:30-6:30pm

Participants explore their own identities and creativity through dynamic, Hip Hop centered writing and performance. Writers, artists, and musicians are encouraged to sign up for unique writing workshops, recording tutorials, and performance opportunities. This is a safe space for young people to freely express themselves while figuring out how to be change makers in their communities.

FREEDOM to [re]build – facilitated by Jeán “JT” Teodoro
City Crossroads (160 Sixth Street, San Francisco)
Thursdays, Sept. 14th 2017 – May 31st 2018; 4:00-6:00pm

Forever Reborn Eyes & Ears Deconstruct Oppressive Methods: What would it look like for us to rebuild our world, starting with our community? Which new things do we want to create, and which ones do we want to change? In FREEDOM to [re]build, we stroll through the South of Market in San Francisco to inspire, reflect, learn, and connect about the possibilities of our community. We also recognize that we are individual reflections of our community and the world we want to rebuild, so we will lean on each other for inspiration. What experiences shape your values? Which experiences do you want to leave behind orcarry? Let’s build fam–at the Crossroads.

Looking Left and Write – facilitated by Carmel Hammack
Berkeley Public Library (2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley)
Thursdays, Sept. 14th 2017 – May 31st 2018; 3:45-5:45pm

Map your lived, ancestral, cultural, and contextual experiences; write into existence intentions for your future. This workshop provides tools to reflect on your past through the lens of family history, surroundings, culture, as well as social and political circumstance. This is a brave space for self-observation, growth, and developing skill as a writer/ artist/ performer.

Queer is Lit – facilitated by Janae Johnson
Oakland LGBTQ Community Center
3207 Lakeshore Ave. (Entrance on Rand Ave.)
Oakland, CA 94610
Thursdays, Sept. 14th 2017 – May 31st 2018 4:30-6:30PM

This LGBTQIA+ centered writing workshop explores personal and historical narratives that (re)frame perceptions of language, sexuality & gender. First time and/or experienced writers are encouraged to attend. This is intended to be a space where your authentic self is not only welcomed- it’s celebrated.

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.

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