About Authoring Action



Our Mission is to transform the lives of youth and the world through the power of creative writing, spoken word, visual and media arts, film-making and leadership education that promotes positive systemic change.

Authoring Action was founded in 2002 as the Winston-Salem Youth Arts Institute. 

Today, the 501(c)(3) now known as Authoring Action offers year-round youth programs and community services/workshops - created to engage youth and to train staff that work with youth.

Our programming is devoted to building youth as authors, community leaders and advocates for social change - redefining learning through the arts and supporting stronger communities.

As a literary and performance arts organization for teens ages 13–17, we create an opportunity for participation in the arts for youth who would not ordinarily have the opportunity to discover their authentic voices through artistic development and/or who may lack one or more critical support systems.

Authoring Action youth experience the power of the arts and creative writing as a transformational life process. Our signature creative writing process 'Writing to the Senses' and spoken word methods offer youth the tools to discover their authentic voices, explore and reshape their lives. 

Lynn Rhoades, M.Div.     

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Along with administrative oversight, program development and vocal coaching, Rhoades provides emotional and spiritual support for Authoring Action teens and their families. An artist in her own right, Rhoades’ love of performance art and passion for the health and well-being of young people joins her commitment to social justice as a leader of this organization.

Nathan Ross Freeman of Authoring Action in Winston SalemNathan Ross Freeman

Co-Founder & Artistic Director

Freeman provides program development, oversight, and artistic direction for all Authoring Action programs. As innovator of Authoring Action’s signature writing process, his passion for work with young people merges with his love for creative writing, filmmaking and impact communication.

Collaborating Artists

Authoring Action has teamed up with over a dozen talented artists from our community. Our youth are mentored by professional choreographers, visual artists, videographers, and more. 


Many thanks to our supporters:

Forsyth County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council

         with funding from the NC Department of Public Safety - Juvenile Justice Division




Thank you to our community partners! 


  • Bethabara Moravian Church — our summer home
  • The Winston-Salem Center for Education and the Arts — for providing our new office, meeting and workshop space