We run our writing workshops throughout the year. Authors are introduced to the process during the summer program and continue with their writing or filmmaking throughout the school year. 


summer intensive

The summer intensive is where it all started. Lynn & Nathan worked with teens from the Happy Hills neighborhood. The program has grown and is now the foundation of all authors' introduction to the organization and the Writing to the Sense process. 

The five-week program takes place Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Authors work with professional local artists and Authoring Action alumni to develop written works, songs, dance and film. 

The program commencement is a public event where authors work is presented at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).


Outreach ensemble

This ensemble is comprised of authors that have completed the Summer Intensive program. Authors meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week to continue the writing process. Writing pieces focus on various topics such as race, class, power, poverty, inequality, bravery. Pieces are memorized and shared with audiences.

We call this engagement. It is not a performance because the intention is more than entertainment. 

The ensemble is hired by organizations and events in Winston-Salem and throughout the country. Authors are paid a stipend for their engagements. 


Just us 

Since 2013, Authoring Action's Just Us has been a court-approved program. The filmmaking program takes authors through the writing process, and then adapts pieces into monologues and scripts. Authors are a part of each step of the filmmaking process from shot list to final editing. 

Authors come to this program through a court-referral or judicial or personal preventive referral. Just Us authors take part in the Summer Intensive.