Workshops & More

Crosstown Arts Winter 2018 Youth Workshops

Songwriting/Music Production Workshop
Taught by artist Lawrence Matthews
Wednesdays only, January 10-31
Location: Crosstown Arts story booth

Over the course of four Wednesdays, this workshop focuses on the art of songwriting and the specifics of music production. Young musicians who play instruments, sing, and/or rap are highly encouraged to sign up! Come learn, create, and collaborate with other young artists. The session will end in a listening party. Must be 13 and older to attend workshop.

Crosstown Youth Theatre:
Monologues of Heroes and Villains
Taught by Jazzy Miller
Wednesdays only, February 7-April 25
Location: Crosstown Arts story booth

If every hero has a flaw, then every villain must have a positive strength. Beginning  on Wednesday, February 7, young actors involved in the Crosstown Youth Theatre will meet every Wednesday and devise, write, rehearse, and perform their own monologues, embodying the stories of heroes and villains. The sessions will end in a performance on Wednesday, April 25 at 6pm in the Studio theatre of the McCoy Theatre at Rhodes College. Must be 11 and older to attend.

True Tales Comics taught by Eric Clausen
Taught by Eric Clausen
Tuesdays only, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27
Location: Crosstown Arts story booth

In four Tuesdays, students will create a non-fiction comic (from a true story of their own) with teaching artist Eric Clausen. They will learn basics of plot, storyboarding, layout, illustration, and bookmaking. All comics will be published together into a printed graphic novel anthology. All skill levels welcome. Great for middle and high school students with interests in storytelling, writing, and/or drawing.

For more details or to sign up for any of these workshops,
contact Jazmin Miller at

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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