Workshops & More
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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.
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.
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 .
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.
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 .