Youth Speaks Writing Workshops


Our Writing and Performance Workshops are the heart of Youth Speaks. Young people come together weekly with an amazing poet mentor to imagine, write, share and rehearse. Want to know what happens in the room? Sign up for our Writing and Performance Workshops today.

After School Writing Workshops

September 2021 – May 2022

Our free weekly writing and performance workshops are taught throughout the school year by leading artists in the field. Students will complete a generative process each week, using prompts in response to the world around them. Workshop enrollment is open to all skill levels, age 13-19. Bring a pen, bring a friend—we got the rest.

Every Wednesday, 4:30 pm PST on Zoom
Open to youth 13 – 19-years-old only

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Rhyme & Reason

An Online Workshop Series on Hip-Hop, Lyricism, and Black Oral Tradition with EJ Walls aka Sin Q

Participants are invited to develop skills in writing and performing rap, and to learn about the history of great orators and performers who have pioneered rap or hip-hop. These workshops serve as a space to strengthen and refine these skills while studying and honoring the contributions of “emcees” past and present. Workshop enrollment is open to all skill levels, age 13-19 with a priority for San Francisco Youth.

Every Thursday, 4:30 pm PST on Zoom — until December 2021
Open to youth 13 – 19-years-old only

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Spread the Fire

An Online Publishing Workshop with Hieu Minh Nguyen

The fire you spit on stage can also scorch the page. In this workshop, poets will refine and prepare their poems for publication by burning down the borders between the page and the stage. Participants will build a work sample and prepare submissions to literary journals with guidance on formatting poems and preparing manuscripts. Workshop enrollment is open to all skill levels age 13-19.

Every Saturday, 1 pm PST on Zoom — until December 2021
Open to youth 13 – 19-years-old only

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