Workshops & More

Hip-Hop & Modern Dance Workshops

Learn hip-hop and modern dance techniques from a local choreographer and dancer. Each session ends in a performance on Friday, open to friends and family.  All dancers are invited to participate in the two-week Music Video workshop “Sounds of Crosstown” at the end of June.

Session 1
June 5-12, 9 a.m.-noon
High school students (9th-12th grade for upcoming school year)
25 students max

Session 2
June 15-19, 9 a.m.-noon
Middle school students (6th-8th grade for upcoming school year)
25 students max

High school volunteers needed for session 2 (5 max)

*For both sessions, dancers must come with sneakers, an extra pair of socks, and dressed ready to move. Snacks are provided; sack lunch and water bottle encouraged!

For information, contact Jazmin Miller at

“Sounds of Crosstown” Music Video (2-week session)

If you’re interested in working with the camera, making beats, dance, and choreography, come and collaborate with us on making a music video at Crosstown Concourse! If you joined us for the sessions in “Hip-hop and Modern Dance,” please join us again to showcase your skills in the video. Newcomers welcome as well!

June 19-23 and June 26-30, 9 a.m.-noon
Middle and high school students

*Students should come dressed for warm weather (as we will be moving to various locales) to shoot the music video. Snacks are provided; sack lunch and water bottle encouraged!

For information, contact Jazmin Miller at

Audio Theater Workshop


Come and collaborate with Chatterbox Audio Theatre and other students to write and tell stories for the stage and for the radio. The week will end in a final performance on Friday, July 14 at 5:30 p.m.

July 10-14, 9 a.m.-noon
Ages 11 and up
20 students max

*Snacks are provided; sack lunch encouraged!

For information, contact Jazmin Miller at

Spoken Word Workshop

This session focuses on writing and developing your spoken word skills with Inner City South and other students. The week-long session will end in a poetry slam.

July 17-21, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Ages 14 and up

*Snacks are provided; sack lunch encouraged!

For information, contact Jazmin Miller at

Podcasting Workshop

Learn the basics of audio recording for purposes of podcasting, conducting interviews, audio editing, finding, and making use of other audio sources (sound effects, bed music) and distribution platforms for finished podcasts. Finish with your own mini-episode!

July 11, 13 & 18, 20, 4-6 p.m. (Tuesday/Thursday)
High school students
6 students max

For information, contact Jazmin Miller at

Youth Zine-making Workshop


Make your own book in the form of a “zine.” If you don’t know what that means, you should come to the workshop and learn all about it! We will provide everything you need, including an overview and supplies. You can sell the finished product at Memphis Zine Fest on July 21.

July 17-21, 2-4:30 p.m.
Middle and high school students

For information, contact Jazmin Miller at

Indie Memphis Youth Filmmaking Workshop

Join filmmaker and screenwriter Melissa Sweazy at Crosstown Arts’ story booth on Saturday, July 8 from 12:30PM-3:00PM as she takes you through an interactive, creative journey of writing a short movie script! From brainstorming to structure to character arcs, you’ll discover many of the rules of screenwriting and how to break them!

This FREE workshop is open to any students between 7th and 12th grade, but signing up is required.
Sign up today HERE!

Melissa Anderson Sweazy is an award-winning screenwriter (Austin Film Festival Finalist for THE DEVIL IN REVERSE, Grand Prize at Vail and Nashville Film Festival, finalist at Nantucket for THE DEPARTMENT OF SIGNS AND MAGICAL INTERVENTION) filmmaker (Indie Memphis Best Hometowner Short for JOHN’S FARM, Indie Memphis Best Homeowner Doc Short “AJ,” Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble at Oxford Film Festival for DEPT OF SIGNS) music video director and professional photographer based in Memphis, TN.  Her documentary feature GOOD GRIEF, co-directed with Laura Jean Hocking, will debut in the fall of 2017. She is the recipient of the Indie Memphis Grizzlies Grant for her animated short “Stephanie Loves the Grizzlies.”

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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