Hattiloo Theatre


Write On! Speak Out! Is a college preparatory program that trains students to use spoken word poetry to entertain, educate, express, and inspire. Through applied workshops and engaged mentorship, students develop their creative writing, performance, presentation, and communication skills, which will further cultivate their talents, their belief in their own voice and help foster a desire to engage their community.

Write On! Speak Out!

Memphis-area high school students are paired with local mentor-poets in a 10-week long workshop that uses spoken word to improve communication skills in preparation for the college application process. Participants enhance their writing, performance, presentation, and creative skills as part of the program. 

The workshop culminates in March on the Hattiloo Theatre stage in the Write On! Speak Out! Showcase, a free spoken word performance featuring program participants.