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"Andrew is one of the best instructors I've had the pleasure to learn from. You can see his genuine interest in the people he's working with. I cannot recommend a course with Andrew Scrivani enough."

— Freddy, participant in Andrew Scrivani's workshops

"I don't want to deal with ticket sales and waitlists. But with Speakeasy, everything behind the scenes works like magic. I can just show up and teach people who share my passion for the topic."

Andrew Henry, Religious Studies PhD and YouTuber

"This has been a fantastic class. Thank you for offering it. And please do let me know if Rebecca teaches any other workshops in the future. I’ll be signing up for whatever is on offer!"

— Kelley, participant in This Will Be Character-Building with Rebecca Makkai

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Featured events

Speaker: 
Rebecca Makkai
Wednesdays, Sep 8 - Sep 29, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

Join Rebecca Makkai to learn to read like a writer. In this discussion- and lecture-based class, we’ll use short assigned texts to become stronger and more engaging writers.

Wednesdays, Sep 15 - Sep 29, 9am-11am PT / 12pm-2pm ET

This course is designed to teach the basics of urban planning, city geography, and civic design, in a way that will allow the application of these disciplines to the design of video game spaces. Participants will learn to come up with civic concepts, design urban environments, and craft fertile, believable, and memorable virtual cities.

Speaker: 
Joseph Coohill
Wednesdays, Sep 22 & Sep 29, 1pm-2pm PT / 4pm-5pm ET

Do you have something interesting and valuable to say? A successful podcast can help you say it! Far too many people stumble into podcasting without giving it enough thought, without a solid and realistic plan, without getting expert advice, and without funding it properly. This course and workshop will help you do all those things, and launch a great podcast!

Speaker: 
Melissa Pyrch
Thursday, September 30th, 3pm-4pm PT / 6pm-7pm ET

This one hour session will discuss common application essay topic choices and requirements. It will discuss the importance of topic selection and the opening paragraphs. This workshop will also share examples of essays that work.

Speaker: 
Marlene Simon
Thursday, September 30th, 6pm-7:30pm PT / 9pm-10:30pm ET

Houseplants, Veggies, Ornamentals .. This talk will cover the most problematic pests/diseases that attack our garden/plants and safe ways to control them.

Speaker: 
Andrew Scrivani
Wednesdays, Oct 6 - Feb 2, 9am-10:30am PT / 12pm-1:30pm ET

Are you looking to improve your photography skills and business over the long-term? Join New York Times photographer Andrew Scrivani for a 15-session photography mentorship program featuring expert guidance, in-depth personalized mentorship sessions, and an intimate community of other photographers who are serious about making steady and sustained progress in their creative professions.

Speaker: 
Andrew Scrivani
Wednesdays, Oct 6 - Feb 2, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

Are you looking to improve your photography skills and business over the long-term? Join New York Times photographer Andrew Scrivani for a 15-session photography mentorship program featuring expert guidance, in-depth personalized mentorship sessions, and an intimate community of other photographers who are serious about making steady and sustained progress in their creative professions.

Speaker: 
Brooks Sterritt
Saturdays, Oct 16 & Oct 23, 12pm-1:30pm PT / 3pm-4:30pm ET

What is a successful sentence, and how do you make one? In this interactive course, we will break down a number of effective sentences (both classic and obscure) to prepare for the composition of your own original work.

Speaker: 
Zibby Owens
Monday, October 18th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

You have a zillion ideas for novels or memoirs or stories but you’re not sure what to do with them. How do you know which ideas to pursue?! How do you know how to actually sell a book? What’s the secret behind great writing and what makes someone (like you) a truly great writer? Hear from author interviewer and author herself Zibby Owens, host of award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books as she shares the insights she has learned after 800+ author conversations and countless books read.

Speaker: 
Cyn Lagos
Various days, Oct 26 - Oct 28, 10am-10:45am PT / 1pm-1:45pm ET

In this intimate three-session workshop, we will explore the 3 main strategies that have proven successful in my journey of collaborations with brands like; Glossier, Google, Verizon, and many more using a powerful brand self-assessment and the value of Design thinking! As a bonus, we will engage in an insightful Q&A at the end of every session.

Speaker: 
Kris Davidson
Wednesdays, Jan 12 - Jun 22, 11:30am PT / 2:30pm ET, Session length varies

In this 6-month workshop (comprised of 8 class sessions and 2 individual sessions) attendees will deepen their photographic storytelling practice by working on a long-term photo-based project. This workshop is best for people who have an initial comfort level with photographic image-making who want to refine their visual voice as they work on a cohesive photographic/art project. All project disciplines are welcome (photojournalism/editorial, documentary, commercial, art, personal work, mixed media (painting on/photographic collage).

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Proposal or Manuscript Review

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Amanda Montell

You've chosen a fascinating topic, done your research, and decided to take the plunge: You're on your way to writing a nonfiction book! Whether you're working on your proposal or manuscript, the journey can be lonely, and it's often hard to know if you're on track. Enter: personalized feedback from bestselling nonfiction author Amanda Montell. Amanda will review your book proposal or up to 3,000 words of your manuscript and create a short video with her feedback. Drawing on her experience writing her books and helping other writers with theirs, Amanda will share tailored feedback and advice designed to help you strengthen your proposal or manuscript.

Portfolio Review by Chris Facey

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Chris Facey

Whether you're an experienced photojournalist or just getting started with photography, it can be incredibly helpful to have a successful photographer take a look at your work. Photographer Chris Facey will review your portfolio and create a short video with personalized feedback on how you can take your photography to the next level. Chris's feedback draws on his experience making powerful, tender images for publications like The New Yorker and New York Magazine, as well as his popular Instagram account.

Photography Portfolio Feedback from Andrew Scrivani

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Andrew Scrivani

Whether you're an experienced photographer or just getting started, it can be incredibly helpful to have a professional take a look at your work or answer your questions. New York Times photographer Andrew Scrivani is here to help. Send him a question and/or a link to your portfolio, and he'll create a 10-15 minute video that breaks down his professional feedback and answers specific questions you’ve submitted along with your portfolio. Andrew believes in the importance of mentorship and values opportunities to advise photographers of all levels and backgrounds. This is a quick and convenient way to advance your photography skills with guidance from an expert.

Questions for Amalia Williamson

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Amalia Williamson

If you are interested in breaking into the film industry or becoming an actress, director, or filmmaker, Amalia Williamson is here to answer all of your questions! Whether you’d like help with securing a good agent, analyzing scripts, or auditioning, submit 2-3 questions for Amalia to answer along with a few details, and she will create a video with personalized advice on how you get your career off the ground! Amalia will give you advice when it comes to auditions, scripts, how to find success in such a competitive industry (even when it feels like there is none), and tips and tricks on all things film related.  Amalia has starred in TV shows and movies such as Northern Rescue, Level 16, The Kid Detective, and many more!


Training Advice

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Sarah Hodgson

Raising a dog, cat, or any other pet should be a happy life experience. If it isn't, Sarah Hodgson is here to help, with 35+ years of experience as a trainer, an associate applied behaviorist, best-selling author, and a mom to a multi-species household. Her philosophy? Pets, like people, need routines and encouragement to learn good behavior. Training is as easy as associating words with freedom, food, and fun instead of fear and frustration. 


Does your dog, cat, or other pet struggle with destructiveness, potty training, excessive barking, aggression, leash-pulling, or other frustrations? Are you a new pet parent and don't know where to start? Sarah is here to help! Together you'll learn how to provide your pet with the tools to develop good manners, fostering an enriching, life-long bond.


Submit a video of your pet along with questions or details. In her signature upbeat, family-friendly style, Sarah will create a short video with personalized advice on how you can help improve your pet's behavior.


Makeup Consultation

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Christine Cho

Whether you're planning for a special occasion or want to refresh your look, it can be incredibly valuable to get a beauty consultation from a true pro. Let makeup artist Christine Cho know what your top beauty goals are, and she'll create a video with technique demonstrations and product recommendations tailored to your particular needs. You'll be able to watch the video again and again as a helpful reference. These mini-consultation videos are a great fit for all kinds of beauty goals, such as brides who want to DIY their wedding-day look, anyone who's intimidated by makeup but wants to look fresh and polished, people of any age looking for a skin-care routine tailored to their skin & lifestyle.Whatever your relationship to makeup, Christine will give you helpful, personalized tips that enhance your natural beauty and keep things fun and fresh.

Plant Inquiry

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Marlene Simon

You love plants, but sometimes they confound you. Wouldn't it be nice to have an expert you could reach out to with your plant-related questions? Enter: video-based feedback from UC Davis horticulturist Marlene Simon. Whether you're trying to figure out which plants will work best in your space or want expert advice on other plant-related matters, Marlene is here to help! Submit up to 3 questions and, if relevant, a few photographs, and Marlene will create a short video with advice designed to transform you into the plant pro you've always wanted to be.

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