“To stand in front of young people and tell a story was a much needed reminder that oral tradition, and face-to-face human connectivity is not only still cool, but also still necessary.”
— Jason Reynolds, author, All American Boys, SpeakTogether performer
Student Storytelling WorkshopStudent Storytelling Workshops feature writers and performers offering a sustained, month-long series of workshops for small groups of students identified by their teachers and school administrators. Students are exposed to multiple methods of story composition as well as instruction on storytelling technique and spoken word art. Throughout, students develop and hone their storytelling skills, through direct instruction from the writers themselves. The program culminates in a final event in which students get to perform their stories in front of an audience of their peers and teachers.
Summer Writing WorkshopsSince 2015, House of SpeakEasy has partnered with Talent Unlimited High School to lead summer writing workshops for rising juniors and seniors. SpeakEasy coordinated visits throughout the summer months featuring a variety of award-winning novelists, poets, and journalists, including David Ebershoff, Nicole Dennis-Benn, and Mitchell S. Jackson. Each writer leads a unique workshop and helps prepare students to write their personal essays for college applications. In 2019, we expanded and enhanced the program to feature a single writer across all six-weeks of the workshop, with students meeting bi-weekly for a range of craft workshops, discussions, and peer-review sessions to help students write and revise college essays, compose poems, and learn interviewing skills.
To learn more about our bookmobile initiative, or to get involved, please get in touch by contacting us.
A full list of participating authors in the SpeakTogether program:
Aimé Donna Kelly
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Daniel José Older
Mahogany L. Browne
Iris Martin Cohen
Tanwi Nandini Islam
Dennis Norris II
Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Mitchell S. Jackson
David Tomas Martinez