Youngblood Arts

Youngblood Arts is a resource for writers, artists, musicians and readers of all ages and backgrounds, created to promote the literary arts as a vital part of our culture and to empower writers to amplify their voices.

Second Sundays Genre Bending Literary Fitness Workshop

A monthly Writer's Gym with author Shay Youngblood
March 14 - December 12, 2020 from 12pm - 1:15pm EST *no workshop in August

Come as you are, all genres welcome. Whether you write poetry, short fiction, plays, screenplays, creative non-fiction or draw occasionally, there will be opportunities to build your skills and confidence as a storyteller. Join a community of writers to experiment with new ways of storytelling, work on a current project or generate new work. This workshop is for the bold, the blocked and the curious and will include writing exercises, peer feedback and craft discussions.

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$40 per session or by package:
3 months = $105
6 months = $200
9 months = $245

To gift a class or package of classes to somebody, simply enter the name of the recipient in the "notes" field!

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Shay created a nurturing, fun environment for us to try new exercises and be brave in community with other writers. She made sure we attended to our bodies and spirits in the process and showed us that simple shifts, steps, and breaths can make even the most daunting writing block or challenge a lot easier to write through, with gentleness toward ourselves and the art that we're making. Through the workshop, I felt energized and reconnected with the hopeful writer in me.
Allie Qiu, Genre-Bending Literary Fitness Workshop, VONA 2021

Workout Wednesdays

Every Wednesday from 12 - 12:30pm EST

Flex your writing muscles with a midweek writing workout. Write your project one exercise at a time. Use writing prompts to move your story forward.

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$30 for 30 minute session
6 months = $595 Sign Up Now
I had the pleasure of taking a week-long workshop with Shay at the helm as facilitator. It was an exhilarating week that left my brain feeling stuffed to the point of oversaturation, full in the best possible way. As an interdisciplinary artist, she offers a wealth of experience, with a perspective that encompasses so much more than just writing. She knew just the right questions to ask of my work to make me think of the story not just as words on a page, but in spatial and visual terms as well. That kind of perspective is invaluable to anyone looking to take their writing to the next level. I cannot recommend her workshop highly enough.
-Kelly Lin- Kremer, Fiction Writing Workshop, VONA 2018

Private Consultations

Free 15-minute initial consultation
$75 for 30 minutes
$125 for 1 hour Schedule Your Session

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Creating a Self-Care Tool Box - part 1

Writing as a self-care practice can nurture, nourish, build resilience, support and strengthen our mental and physical health. Creating a self-care tool box filled with resourceful writing tools to transform your sense of well being and lower anxiety can provide everyday access to what brings you joy, how to survive and thrive on your self-healing journey.

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$95 for 1.5 hours Sign Up Now

Memoir Writing Workshop – group and individual sessions

Prepare to amplify your voice and stretch your storytelling muscles. Generating and sharing new work will be the focus of these sessions. We will discuss assigned readings from contemporary, classic and experimental memoirs, the fundamentals of storytelling, voice, language, point of view and developing and maintaining a writing practice. Participants will examine key moments in their life, create an involving story line out of those experiences and cast themselves as a compelling character that readers will want to follow. Guided writing exercises, physical movement and sound expression will be used to facilitate the process.

If you have been journaling or just thinking about how to share your unique story, take the time now, to document powerful life lessons, important connections, memorable love stories, epic scenes from your life with added insight from the perspective of this extraordinary moment in history. This workshop is for suitable for adult beginners and more advanced writers, artists and non-artists. Be a witness, the story is yours to tell.

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Group Workshops
$325 for 5 weeks | 50 minute session
limited to 12 participants

Private Workshops
$475 for 5 weeks | 50 minute sessions
limited to 3 participants

Shay had us hit the ground running with reading assignments and homework that stretched my mind and exposed me to different writing styles and creative processes from Jamaica Kincaid to Trevor Noah, Toi Derricotte and Lynda Barry. The writing and visual art assignments were helpful to novices. The absolute best part of this workshop was the way she created community in our cohort and each day she shared her wealth of knowledge and topped all of that off by becoming a mentor and a beacon for each of us to “cultivate our unique voices in a range of genres”. I’m thankful to have had the chance to take a workshop with Shay Youngblood and recommend her to writers and artists in any genre or medium.
-Yeva Johnson, Memoir Writing and Visual Storytelling Workshop, VONA 2020
*Sliding scale available for students 18+, Seniors 55+ and underemployed
  • Deadline for sign up is one week before class begins
  • Payment in full before each class
  • Pay with credit card, Pay Pal, Square
  • Pay for a scholarship class and get 20% off your purchase for being so nice
  • A zoom link will be sent to you 30 minutes before each class
  • Sliding scale available. Email your request here.

Shay mentors writers privately, consults with clients on writing projects. To schedule a speaking engagement, visits to book clubs or author events contact Shay.