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Speak Up: Creative Writing + Performance (Fall 2021)

Saturday, November 13, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

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Saturdays, September 18 – November 13 / 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST

Join us online for Speak Up, a creative writing program supporting the artistic and professional growth of teens.

In this virtual mini-series of creative writing workshops, teens will partner with experienced teaching artists to empower the creative writing process, from drafting to performance to publishing.

The program is open to all teens, and is as free of charge as it is free of homework. No previous experience necessary!


  • September 18, September 25 and October 2: Julie Marie Wade
  • October 9, October 16 and October 23: C.B. Lee
  • October 30, November 6: Alexa Donne
  • November 13: Zach Betka (Topic: Writing For Video Games)

Zach Betka is a WGA and BAFTA nominated interactive narrative writer and director. For the last decade, he has worked on some of the most globally resonant studios and video game products around: from Call of Duty at Activision; to Battlefield and Need for Speed at Electronic Arts, to League of Legends and Valorant at Riot Games (just to name a few). He has done everything from leading teams of Triple-A developers shaping the landscape of interactive narrative, to being the singular writer/narrative designer on a global launch title, to working on indie darlings with a small crew. Interactive Narrative is in its infancy as a storytelling medium, and all of the possibilities of where it can go are incredibly exciting. He is thrilled to share his learnings in this craft with teens.



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