Workshops & More

All Summer 2018 workshops are full. Check back in August 2018 for information on fall workshops.

Summer 2018 Workshops

Learn to make beats using software in the Crosstown Arts digital lab. Workshop will end with a final concert in collaboration with Voices Up, a spoken word showcase on Monday, June 11.
June 4-8, 12-4 pm; high school only
Taught by Sunny Dizzle

Explore drawing and watercolor painting techniques. Learn to use your hands as eyes to visually render the world around you, developing your unique style of drawing and painting.
June 11-15, 10 am-1 pm; ages 12 and older
Taught by Terri Phillips

Learn hip hop dance techniques from a professional dancer and choreographer. Workshop will end with a final performance in the West Atrium of Crosstown Concourse.
June 18-22, 10 am-12 pm; ages 12 and older
Taught by Travis Butler

Learn to make plant-based dishes with Crosstown Arts’ head chef.
June 25, 1 pm-3:30 pm; middle school only
June 27, 1 pm-3:30 pm; high school only
Taught by Raymond Jackson

Learn how to make handmade, hardcover-bound books that can be used as notebooks, sketchbooks, journals, etc. In the tradition of bookmaking, young artists in this workshop will also create their own hand-marbled paper to be used as end sheets.
July 9-13, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm; ages 13 and older
Taught by Ariella Gibson

Make your own book in the form of a “zine.” We will provide everything you need, including an overview and supplies. Student may sell their finished products at Memphis Zine Fest on July 20 at Crosstown Concourse on the Theater Stair.
July 16-20, 2 pm-4:30 pm; ages 12 and older
Zine Fest, Friday, July 20 from 4-7pm
Taught by Erica Qualy

Script, shoot, edit, and screen your own independent, original film — all in one week. We will make use of the Crosstown Arts digital lab to edit and premiere all films in a mini-film festival on the last Friday of the workshop.  
July 23-27, 1 pm-4 pm; ages 13 and older
Taught by Justin Thompson

To sign up for workshops, please email

Workshops vary in maximum capacity. If a workshop becomes full, a waiting list will be kept in the event that a space becomes available.

Afternoon Workshops

These collaborations with professional artists and trained volunteers help our participants see projects from inspiration to finished works and public recognition. We believe young people write and create with enthusiasm and increasing confidence when they see the steps of a particular artistic process lead to a final product, so each of our workshops is specifically designed to result in a finished work showcased in the most professional format possible — then published, performed, screened, or exhibited before a receptive audience.

Field Trips

During this collaborative creative writing and bookmaking experience, entire middle- and high-school classes are able to visit story booth to experience the professional writing and publishing process from start to finish. By the end of this three-hour field trip, young writers will have a typeset copy of their own original story to keep — in a book they helped to write, design covers for, and bind themselves.

In-School Workshops

Beginning in fall 2015, story booth has partnered with middle and high schools in the greater Crosstown area, where professional writers go to the schools to allow more young people access to our creative-writing programming. These workshops result in a professionally published book as well. Partner schools for 2015 include Humes Preparatory Academy, New Hope Academy (6th grade), Snowden Middle School, and Northside High School .

Literary Community

In the interests of further fostering the vibrant literary culture of Memphis, story booth serves as the site of all of Crosstown Arts’ literary programming. From hosting the Working Writers’ Cocktail Hour, housing a free community lending library, and partnering with editors of the award-winning Pinch literary journal at the University of Memphis to host writing workshops for adults, story booth seeks to be a connecting point for writers and readers at all levels.

Visiting Writers

We collaborate with the independent booksellers of Memphis to bring acclaimed writers to Memphis for Crosstown Arts’ Visiting Writers series. In the past three years, we’ve hosted literary writers such as first-novel award winner Margaret Wrinkle, National Book Award nominee and bestselling Memphis native Alan Lightman, National Book Award-winning young adult writer Jacqueline Woodson, and international bestselling food writer Michael Pollan. story booth is also the site of the Impossible Language poetry series, and we have partnered with other nonprofits such as Literacy MidSouth to host and participate in key programming for the first two MidSouth Book Fests .

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