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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: 
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: 
Benjamin Burgis
Sundays, Dec 5 - Dec 19, 10am-12pm PT / 1pm-3pm ET

In the last year of his life, the great Marxist analytic philosopher G.A. Cohen put out a very short book (called "Why Not Socialism?") presenting the case for a socialist transformation of the economy in a compelling and unusual way. Five years later, the libertarian philosopher Jason Brennan wrote a response in the same format called, "Why Not Capitalism?" In this course we'll take a hard look at the arguments in both books.

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Robin Cembalest
Wednesday, December 8th, 12pm-2pm PT / 3pm-5pm ET

Press releases. Web copy. Social media. Artist or gallerist, educator or curator, all art professionals need to write about artwork in clear, accessible language. In this introductory class, Robin Cembalest, former editor of ARTnews and a widely published journalist, will share templates and tips to help you craft any type of text. Class includes presentation, Q&A, and workshopping. Bring your writing samples for one-on-one feedback.

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Robin Cembalest
Thursday, December 9th, 12pm-2pm PT / 3pm-5pm ET

Call it your bio, “about blurb,” or statement: Every creative professional needs a paragraph (or two) that sums up their practice. In this overview class, Robin Cembalest, former editor of ARTnews and a longtime coach and mentor, breaks down the structure of this essential tool and shares templates for moving forward. She’ll review sample artist bios to showcase a variety of approaches, and offer one-on-one feedback on a brief bio from each participant.

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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Robin Cembalest
Monday, January 17th, 3pm-5pm PT / 6pm-8pm ET

Well-known art Instagrammer Robin Cembalest shares strategies and best practices in this intensive workshop designed for arts professionals of all levels. Using examples from artists, curators, gallerists, publicists, and others in the art-world ecosystem, she’ll show how individuals can use organic content to increase visibility and thought leadership. She’ll explain how she built her own following of 50k and give actionable tips to each participant.

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Robin Cembalest
Wednesday, January 26th, 3:30pm-5:30pm PT / 6:30pm-8:30pm ET

Can you describe yourself and your art in 30 seconds? In this lively workshop, Robin Cembalest, a longtime coach and mentor, shares exercises, tips, and one-on-one feedback to teach participants how to craft the classic elevator pitch.

Speaker: 
Jessica Faust
Wednesdays, Jan 26 & Feb 2, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

This 2-part workshop looks at the query letter and its role in the writing and publishing process. We’ll talk about how authors can use the query as part of the writing process (and not just a means to an end), its importance to getting a publishing deal, and how an agent views the query. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to write a strong query letter and blurb to grab an agent’s attention and take their careers to the next step.

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Jessica Faust
Wednesday, February 23rd, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

This workshop will give writers all the tips and tricks they need to navigate the query submission process. They’ll learn how to find agents, how to know if the agents they’re submitting to are reputable, how many to submit to, how to track submissions, and how to interpret feedback from agents.

Speaker: 
Jessica Faust
Wednesday, March 23rd, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

This is it! You’ve received an offer of representation. Now what? Attend this workshop to learn the next steps in leveraging that first offer to get your very best offer with the right agent.

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Questions for Michelle

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Michelle Martel

Whether you’re thinking about giving your home a new, refreshed look or you want to jump start your own career in interior design, Michelle Martel is here to assist! Submit 2-3 questions for Michelle accompanied along with a few details, and she will create a video (up to 10 minutes long) with personalized advice to help you navigate the world of design! Her work has been featured in HGTV Canada, Apartment Therapy and House & Home Magazine, Origin Magazine. 


Opening Chapter Review

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Kate Foster

You’ve finished your book, revised and edited it, and now you need a fresh pair of eyes to let you know if your opening pages have what it takes to hook a literary agent, editor, and reader. Submit your first chapter (up to 2500 words) to Kate Foster, who will read your work and record a short video with positive and constructive feedback to help you strengthen your pages. With seven books under contract in multiple territories, Kate has a pretty good idea of what readers are looking for! 


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.

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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