Workshops

Our workshops are led by talented facilitators who will help you develop skills in a joyful, supportive environment.

Upcoming Events

Speaker: 
Rory Yakubov
Tuesday, March 2nd, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Do you have teaching materials that you want to sell? Rory Yakubov, a 15-year math teacher and Teachers Pay Teachers power user, can show you how!

Speaker: 
Andrew Scrivani
Wednesdays, Mar 3 - Mar 17, 6pm-7:30pm GMT

Work with Andrew Scrivani, New York Times Food Photographer, in a small group setting to craft your public-facing work in a way that will help you take your photography hobby, career, or social media offerings to the next level. This workshop includes an assessment of your current work, instruction from Andrew, and individualized written feedback directly from Andrew on a final selection and presentation of your work. While this workshop is best suited for those interested in food photography, photographers of all types and all experience levels are welcome.

Speaker: 
Rory Yakubov
Wednesday, March 3rd, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Need advice on building your brand on social media? This workshop with Rory Yakubov, a 15-year math teacher and Teachers Pay Teachers power user, will help guide you!

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, March 6th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 5:30pm-7:30pm GMT

The concept of ‘game’, in comedy, is anything that happens more than once; and if played well, games are laugh-out-loud funny. Learn to master this tool for humour, and use it to trouble shoot common problems such as time jumps, crowd scenes, exposition and more.

Speaker: 
Jill Heinerth
Mondays, Mar 8 - Mar 22, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

Did you ever wonder how the top professionals capture amazing underwater pictures? Jill Heinerth, Fellow of the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences and International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, shares her secrets, techniques and expedition experiences to help you improve your ability to capture compelling underwater images.

Thursdays, Mar 11 - Mar 25, 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: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, March 13th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 5:30pm-7:30pm GMT

An enthralling setting is key to children’s fiction, and can even become fodder for daydreams and games once the book is closed. With a focus on middle childhood (6-12 years), this workshop will give you tools to create mesmerizing worlds for young readers.

Speaker: 
Susan Spungen
Saturdays, Mar 13 - Mar 27, 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

This course will teach you the art and science of developing original recipes that taste great and look great. From coming up with a concept all the way through to completing and photographing a finished recipe, Susan will walk you through everything you need to know – some of which you may never have even thought of!

Speaker: 
David Shiffman
Mondays, Mar 15 & Mar 22, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

In this 2-session workshop, participants will learn the basics of how to share their expertise with the interested public using modern communications tools. It will include guided interactive activities as well as advanced tips and tricks, taught by one of the most-followed scientists in the world.

Speaker: 
Wootak Kim
Wednesdays, Mar 17 - Mar 31, 5:30pm-7pm PT / 8:30pm-10pm ET

We’ll explore how to begin creating social media content based on your passions. We’ll talk about social media as a whole, algorithms, ways to monetize, tips for creativity, and how to stay consistent.

Speaker: 
Kevin Smokler
Thursday, March 18th, 5pm-7pm PT / 8pm-10pm ET

In this two-hour session, participants will learn how to find, store, care for, and use vinyl records as both a new and classic way of discovering new music. Everyone will leave with a personalized guide on how to find their favorite records and their next-favorite records they haven't yet met!

Sunday, March 21st, 10am-11:30am PT / 1pm-2:30pm ET

In honor of Women’s History Month, Vanessa Marshall wanted to inspire women to own their power, thrive, and give back. Vanessa lends her voice to various iconic female Superheroes - a direct reflection of her own personal growth. In this seminar, she will share her experience, strength and hope, along with practical tools and strategies to help you discover your own inner Superhero - towards creating unlimited resources and success to pay it forward.

Speaker: 
Susan Spungen
Sundays, Mar 21 - Apr 11, 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

This course will teach you the art and science of developing original recipes that taste great and look even better. From coming up with a concept all the way through completing and photographing a finished recipe, Susan will walk you through everything you need to know––some of which you may never have even thought of!

Speaker: 
Dariany Santana
Tuesdays, Mar 23 & Mar 30, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Learn how to break in as an on-air personality and thrive by hearing Dariany’s triumphs and mistakes as a personality for the past 6 years. She will share tricks that she learned and experiences that will teach what to do and definitely what NOT to do.

Speaker: 
David Shiffman
Mondays, Mar 29 & Apr 5, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

More people care about the planet and want to help than ever before, but it can be hard to find reliable information and easy to be tricked or confused. In this 2-part seminar, learn how to spot accurate information and how to spot fakes from an expert in environmental communications.

Speaker: 
Suzie Townsend
Tuesdays, Apr 6 & Apr 13, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

If you want to get a literary agent, you have to hook them quickly with your submission materials. The two most critical items during your initial agent first impression are the all-important query letter and first pages of your story. This workshop will teach you how to create an amazing agent submission and provide an opportunity to receive personalized feedback from Suzie on the first five pages of your draft manuscript or proposal.

Mondays, Apr 12 - Mar 14, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

Join master photographer Scott Robert Lim for a year of mentorship, lessons, and critiques designed to take your photography to the next level.

Speaker: 
Richard Toye
Saturdays, Apr 17 & Apr 24, 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

This event will teach you the key principles of devising a successful book proposal. You will learn how to devise a clear pitch to maximise your chances of getting a publisher’s attention.

Past Events

Speaker: 
Rory Yakubov
Monday, March 1st, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Looking to get started creating and posting your teaching resources for sale? Rory Yakubov, a 15-year math teacher and Teachers Pay Teachers power user, will get you started on how to make this happen!

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, February 27th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

We will learn how the concept of a ‘character game’, used in improvised theatre, can help you produce unforgettable characters. Although the emphasis will be on examples from junior fiction, all writers who struggle with characters that ‘sound the same’ are welcome!

Speaker: 
Austen Tosone
Thursday, February 25th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Search engine optimization can seem overwhelming but it really comes down to a few best practices to help your content get discovered on search engines. This workshop will focus on the basics from talking about the long-term benefits of being strategic with SEO, auditing your blog with analytics, the basic elements of keyword research, and how to build links and authority to drive consistent traffic to your blog.

Speaker: 
Rory Yakubov
Thursday, February 25th, 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: 
Rory Yakubov
Wednesday, February 24th, 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: 
Rebecca Makkai
Mondays, Feb 1 - Feb 22, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

We’ll discuss four common pitfalls of early fiction drafts, and how to avoid them -- or, if necessary, to rescue yourself from the depths.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, February 20th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

An enthralling setting is key to children’s fiction, and can even become fodder for daydreams and games once the book is closed. With a focus on middle childhood (6-12 years), this workshop will give you tools to create mesmerizing worlds for young readers.

Speaker: 
Rory Yakubov
Thursday, February 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: 
Andrew Scrivani
Wednesdays, Feb 3 - Feb 17, Various times, 90 min

Work with Andrew Scrivani, New York Times Food Photographer, in a small group setting to craft your public-facing work in a way that will help you take your photography hobby, career, or social media offerings to the next level. This workshop includes an assessment of your current work, instruction from Andrew, and individualized written feedback directly from Andrew on a final selection and presentation of your work. While this workshop is best suited for those interested in food photography, photographers of all types and all experience levels are welcome.

Speaker: 
Amanda Montell
Wednesdays, Feb 3 - Feb 17, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

This intimate three-session workshop will offer personalized insight and feedback to help aspiring nonfiction authors craft the most important parts of their book: the thesis, the voice, and the first chapter. Each session will feature helpful craft exercises, resources, and feedback on your writing and ideas.

Speaker: 
Rory Yakubov
Wednesday, February 17th, 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: 
Jack Rackam
Tuesdays, Feb 2 - Feb 16, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

This event consists of three meetings, each 90-minutes. Session one will be a focused lecture and discussion on how to apply the fundamentals of storytelling to YouTube, followed by two workshop sessions where participants will have the opportunity to have their work critiqued by the speaker and their peers.

Speaker: 
Andrew Scrivani
Tuesdays, Feb 2 - Feb 16, 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 in a way that will help you take your photography hobby, career, or social media offerings to the next level. This workshop includes an assessment of your current work, instruction from Andrew, and individualized written feedback directly from Andrew on a final selection and presentation of your work. While this workshop is best suited for those interested in food photography, photographers of all types and all experience levels are welcome.

Speaker: 
Jaime Wilson
Tuesday, February 16th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

This event will provide approachable instructions for how to create a recipe from scratch. The workshop will help participants tackle issues such as ingredient sourcing and recipe inspiration, as well as the very important skill of learning to think on your feet in the kitchen.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, February 13th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

The concept of ‘game’, in comedy, is anything that happens more than once; and if played well, games are laugh-out-loud funny. Learn to master this tool for humour, and use it to trouble shoot common problems such as time jumps, crowd scenes, exposition and more.

Thursdays, Jan 28 - Feb 11, 9am-10:30am PT / 12pm-1:30pm 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: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, February 6th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

We will learn how the concept of a ‘character game’, used in improvised theatre, can help you produce unforgettable characters. Although the emphasis will be on examples from junior fiction, all writers who struggle with characters that ‘sound the same’ are welcome!

Speaker: 
Razib Khan
Wednesday, January 27th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Do you have 23andMe or Ancestry.com data that you’re interested in analyzing more deeply? Join geneticist and personal genomics expert Razib Khan for a crash course in getting the most out of the raw data available from popular genetic sites.

Speaker: 
Adrian Miller
Monday, December 28th, 5:30pm-6:30pm PT / 8:30pm-9:30pm ET

Take a trip around the world to learn New Year's food traditions with the Soul Food Chef Adrian Miller in this single-session seminar. Adrian is a James Beard Award-winning food writer who is passionate about sharing his knowledge of global culture with curious learners––no cooking experience required. What better way to prepare for your own delicious New Year's celebration?!

Speaker: 
Rebecca Makkai
Tuesdays, December 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

We’ll discuss four common pitfalls of early fiction drafts, and how to avoid them -- or, if necessary, to rescue yourself from the depths.

Speaker: 
Jill Heinerth
Tuesday, December 15th, 4-5:30pm PT / 7-8:30pm ET

Now that more people are isolated at home, online presentations using tools like Zoom are becoming the norm. Jill Heinerth will unlock the secrets of professional home broadcasting and offer tips about media platforms, audio, lighting, and creating engaging multimedia presentations.

Speaker: 
Jamey Williams
Thursdays, October 29th, November 5th, November 12th, November 19th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a stressful year for everyone. Heal, laugh, and explore yourself through a spoken word poetry workshop taught by “the nicest poet in the country.”

Speaker: 
Jake Goldwasser
Monday, November 16th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

In this 90 minute session, participants will learn the history, composition, and theory of single-panel cartoons. Everyone will then have the opportunity to draw their own cartoon (but no artistic experience is necessary).

Speaker: 
Jamey Williams
Thursday, October 29th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a stressful year for everyone. Heal, laugh, and explore yourself through a spoken word poetry workshop taught by “the nicest poet in the country.”

Speaker: 
Ryan Oakes
Sundays, October 4th and 11th, 12pm PT / 3pm ET

In this interactive, inter-generational magic lesson, illusionist extraordinaire Ryan Oakes will teach grandparents and their grandchildren how to perform astounding feats of magic using everyday objects from around the house.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 5:30-6:30pm PT / 8:30-9:30pm ET

In this strange quarantine moment we’re living through, it’s harder to connect with other people on a deep and personal level. How can you, when you’re confined to your home? Sign up today to skip the small talk and move right into meaningful conversation.

Tuesday, September 8th, 5:30-6:30pm PT / 8:30-9:30pm ET

Join professional facilitator Kyla Sokoll-Ward for a series of authentic, insightful exercises and games designed to foster fast and meaningful connection. Take an hour to invest in yourself through exercises that build trust, empathy, playfulness, and self-understanding.

Thursday, September 3rd, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Looking for a creative outlet while stuck at home? Join us each Thursday in September to learn the fundamentals of rhythm and rhyme, with a particular focus on spoken-word poetry and rap. No prior experience needed. Perfect for ages 8 to 108! 

Sunday, April 26th, 11am-12pm PT / 2-3pm ET

Learn how to make simple, delicious, and beautiful home-cooked meals in this interactive session with Alex de Aranzeta.

Speaker: 
Fallon Ukpe
Thursday, April 23rd, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

Join bestselling author Dr. Fallon Ukpe for an interactive discussion about managing fear and uncertainty and charting a path forward. An MD/MBA by training, Fallon is as brilliant as she is empathetic.

Monday, April 20th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Join us for an interactive event with loneliness expert Kyla Sokoll-Ward, who'll share her research and teach us games that fuel connection.

Saturdays, April 11th, 18th, 25th, and May 2nd, 1-2pm PT, 4-5pm ET

We could all use a creative outlet these days! Join rapper Alex "Frak" Fraknoi for a workshop on songwriting, poetry, and rap. We'll meet on Saturdays 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, & 5/2. The $59 fee covers all four sessions. Not ready to commit? Check out session #1 for $18. Ages 8-108 welcome!