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


Authoring Action works with teens year-round (ages 13-18), teaching them to communicate their authentic ideas and powerful words with the ultimate goal to build stronger communities from the ground up. 

Providing teens with tools for critical thinking and the development of their viewpoints and voices, teen authors powerfully enact change through the power of self discovery & the articulation of an authentic voice - from creative writing, spoken word arts, film-making, visual arts, public speaking engagements, community service, workshops in schools - to staff development in schools across NC and across the nation.   

Authoring Action continues to grow, continues to make a strong impact and leave an impresssion with a diverse audience - from Harvard University to The National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN), The Children's Guild, Wisconsin State Reading Association Literacy Convention, Capital City Black Film Festival - to right here in our local community.  

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. 

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


Pen & Voice Workshops

Pen & Voice - Professional Workshops that 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. 

Workshops in Schools

Authoring Action works with teachers, training them in the 'Writing to the Senses' method for reaching disengaged teens in the classrooms. Utilizing proven methods of youth engagement, teachers learn how to help their students draw inspiration from personal experience, collaborate with peers and share completed works with an audience. Learn more about Authoring Action workshops in schools today!


Youth Programming

Year-Round Youth Programs


Our Summer Intensive 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 Intensive. 

Advanced Writing Workshops 

Youth continue to develop strong skills in creative writing, spoken word and film 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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