Since 2001, we have transformed the lives of youth and the future of our communities through public engagement.
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.
What We've Achieved
- Six year keynote presentor at National At-Risk Educators Network (NAREN) conference
- Invitation to Harvard School of Education
- Impacting the lives of over 500 young authors
- Our young authors have gone on to become lawyers, actors, and filmmakers at institutions such as Duke University, Juilliard.
- Featured in TedX women, 2017
- Subject of UNCTV documentary