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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

Featured events

Speaker: 
Andrew Scrivani
Wednesdays, May 5 - Aug 11, 12pm ET / 5pm GMT, Session length varies

Are you looking to improve your photography skills and business over the long-term? Join New York Times food photographer Andrew Scrivani for a 3-month 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, May 5 - Aug 11, 5pm PT / 8pm ET, Session length varies

Are you looking to improve your photography skills and business over the long-term? Join New York Times food photographer Andrew Scrivani for a 3-month 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: 
Jessica Reino
Wednesday, August 4th, 2pm-3:30pm PT / 5pm-6:30pm ET

This event will provide an overview of possible reasons a query and submission material are being rejected by agents and what to do to turn those rejections into requests.

Speaker: 
Marlene Simon
Wednesday, August 4th, 5:30pm-6:50pm PT / 8:30pm-9:50pm ET

Taking stem or leaf cuttings can be an easy and cheap way of obtaining more plants and we all want more plants. But knowing the basic science and why's behind this practice will help you become even more successful. This session will focus on the hormones, myths, tips and tricks that are key to propagating easy to those more-difficult-to-root plants.

Speaker: 
Sirin Kale
Thursday, August 5th, 10:30am-11:30am PT / 1:30pm-2:30pm ET

A masterclass in feature writing from one of the most respected feature writers in British journalism today. Please note that the ticket price for this event is listed in US dollars. It will be offered at 10:30am Pacific Time (US) which is 6:30pm British Summer Time (UK).

Speaker: 
Rory Yakubov
Wednesday, August 18th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Learn how to use social media to build an education business and become a huge seller of resources online.

Speaker: 
Roy Bahat
Wednesday, August 25th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Asking for introductions can be one of the most important and difficult steps in emails you'll have to write. The right introduction can connect you to your next customer, investor, or colleague. Hear from Roy Bahat, head of early-stage venture capital firm Bloomberg Beta, as he helps you learn how to break down the key parts of a "forward intro email," his industry-standard method for harnessing your relationships.

Speaker: 
Sean Munger
Thursday, August 26th, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

What was the "Old West" really like? Did it resemble at all the vision we have of it from movies, TV and popular culture? In this seminar you will gain insights on how the real West compares to the mythology, and learn how and why the popular image of the West is important in our cultural history.

Speaker: 
Jasmin Darznik
Thursday, August 26th, 5:30pm-7pm PT / 8:30pm-10pm ET

Join New York Times bestselling author Jasmin Darznik as she shares her secrets for creating rich and compelling portraits of women from the past.

Saturday, August 28th, 11am-12pm PT / 2pm-3pm ET

Want to host the ultimate, elevated backyard dinner party? I'll show you three easy recipes that require little prep but lots of pizzazz. We will run through an appetizer, dinner and dessert in under an hour with lots of time for questions and comments.

Monday, August 30th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

This talk will be all about CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy). What is it? How does it work? What to look for in a CBT therapist? Can it actually help you? If you've ever wondered if therapy is for you and didn't know where to get your questions answered, this is the place!

Saturday, September 4th, 1pm-2:30pm PT / 4pm-5:30pm ET

If you're a young artist or just starting out in your pursuit of a career in character design, then this event may be just right for you.

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.

Speaker: 
Andrew Scrivani
Wednesdays, Sep 8 - Sep 22, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

Work with Andrew Scrivani, New York Times Food Photographer, in a small group setting to craft your public-facing work to help express and solidify your style so you can take your photography hobby, career, or social media offerings to the next level.

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: 
Jessica Faust
Wednesdays, Sep 15 & Sep 22, 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 during the writing process, 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.

Speaker: 
Aila Malik
Thursday, September 16th, 4:30pm-6pm PT / 7:30pm-9pm ET

Change is naturally occurring in all aspects of our lives, and yet with a little intentionality--strategy around design and contextual awareness--we can become a "change champion," or a fully-expressed, values-driven, influential, and respected leader who acts with intention to create enduring and lasting change towards a greater vision of equity and justice. Come start your journey with tips and tools shared in this introductory workshop!

Speaker: 
Lee Woodruff
Thursday, September 16th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Through an interactive workshop, Woodruff will teach tips and tricks to amplify your presence and be an effective and compelling communicator in every situation, from job interviews and keynote speeches to media interviews and panel participation.

Speaker: 
Andrew Scrivani
Wednesdays, Oct 6 - Oct 20, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

Are you a food photographer who is stuck tackling the same or similar projects over and over again, unable to break through to the next level of your career? Join New York Times Food Photographer, Andrew Scrivani, in this workshop designed to help you push your creative and professional edge and up-level the types of projects you’re able to land.

Tuesdays, Oct 26 - Nov 16, 4:30pm-6:30pm PT / 7:30pm-9:30pm ET

Got a great movie idea? A TV show you’ve been wanting to write? Kick off your fall writing with this four-part intensive workshop designed to teach you the fundamentals of screenwriting and to give you an easy, useful process for getting your project out of your brain and onto the page. You’ll come out of the four sessions with a strong first “treatment” for your movie (or TV show) and a clear roadmap for your writing. Get confident. Get empowered. Get writing.

Speaker: 
Andrew Scrivani
Wednesdays, Nov 3 - Nov 17, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

Join New York Times Food Photographer Andrew Scrivani in this three-part workshop focused on the business fundamentals of building a successful, scalable food photography career. Whether you’re taking the first steps to translate your hobby into a side-hustle, making the leap from side-hustle to full-time food photography, or looking for ways grow your established food photography business––this workshop will focus on equipping you with the business knowledge and practices necessary to growing your business in a sustainable way.

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