Since 2002, we have transformed the lives of youth and the future of our communities through public engagement.


Our Mission

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. 

Our teens are not writers. That is an exercise. They are authors. That is an accomplishment.
— Nathan Ross Freeman, Co-Founder & Artistic Director

What We've Achieved

  • Six year keynote presenter at National At-Risk Educators' Network (NAREN) conference
  • Invitation to Harvard School of Education
  • Featured in TedX women, 2017
  • Subject of UNCTV documentary
  • Impacting the lives of over 500 young authors
  • We celebrate Authoring Action graduates of Salem College, Wake Forest University, Forsyth Technical Community College, Wake Forest Divinity School, NC Central University, A&T University, UNCG, UNCC, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC School of the Arts, NC State, California Arts Institute, Savannah College of Art and Design, Juilliard, and soon, Livingstone College and Duke University.
  • Our young authors have gone on to become active community citizens serving as nurses, US military personnel, teachers, business owners, actors, one lawyer, and filmmakers.