Authoring Action is a nonprofit arts and education outreach organization dedicated to developing young people as authors and articulate advocates for social change.


Our signature methods for creative writing and spoken word were pioneered through our work with youth. We bring them to bear in our youth programming, speaking engagements and workshops for adults, in order to transform lives and communities.

Our youth have impacted audiences such as Harvard University, the National At Risk Educators’ Network conference, and more.

Speaking Engagements

The Outreach Ensemble serves as a partner and resource for educational, cultural, social and civic organizations seeking youth engagement and insight to achieve healthy, thriving and unified communities. Learn more about our engagements. 

Civil Rights, Class, Race & Gender Inequality, Violence, Personal Transformation, Self-Expression, Social Change, Literacy, & more


Pen & Voice

Authoring Action’s programming is not limited to youth, and our Pen & Voice Workshops are ideal for adults working in the corporate/HR setting. Our facilitators use the power of storytelling to help participants become aware of what each person brings from his or her personal experience that informs and impacts one’s approach to work and life. This training is especially powerful and beneficial for individuals who are caregivers, work on a team, work with youth, or otherwise work in a personal service capacity. Learn more about Pen & Voice workshops. 

Workshops in Schools

Authoring Action trainers work with teachers to empower them with new techniques for reaching disengaged teens in their classrooms. Utilizing proven methods of youth engagement, teachers will learn how to help their students draw inspiration from personal experience, collaborate with peers and professionals, and share completed works with an audience. Learn more about Authoring Action workshops in schools.


Youth Programming

Summer Youth Programs

Our Summer Institute is a four to five week intensive opportunity for youth to work collaboratively with professional artists, their peers, and mentors to create original written works, sharpen skills in self expression, and prepare their writing for the commencement production marking the end of the summer program. Learn more about Authoring Action's Summer Institute. 

Year-Round Youth Programs

Youth continue to develop strong skills in creative writing and spoken word through participation in our Afterschool Advanced Writing Workshops, held two days a week during the school year. Learn more about our year-round youth programs. 

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