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YAWP Summer 2019 Playlist Series: In the Garage

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In anticipation of 75-degree-or-higher weather, endless waffle cones of ice cream, and later curfews, we’ve asked teen instructors to describe their upcoming teen class as a pop song. Our first instructor in our YAWP Summer Playlist series is Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms



If my class Storytelling with Dungeons & Dragons was a pop song, it would have to be Weezer's "In the Garage." Why? Well, just listen to the opening lyrics to the song:


"I've got a ...

June 20, 2019 | Ethan Gilsdorf

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YAWP Summer 2019 Playlist Series: Old Town Road

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In anticipation of 75-degree-or-higher weather, endless waffle cones of ice cream, and later curfews, we’ve asked teen instructors to describe their upcoming teen class as a pop song. Our next instructor in our YAWP Summer Playlist series is Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah, associate editor at Pizza Pi Press, and the reviews editor at Winter Tangerine.



My class is most def “Old Town Road.” I mean, it's obvious. Talking Back Through Writing is weird, genre-defying, and undeniably bumps. I mean, what else can I say, we got the horses in the back, we gonna write till we can't no more ...

June 18, 2019 | Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah

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YAWP Summer 2019 Playlist Series: The Best of Times

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In anticipation of 75-degree-or-higher weather, endless waffle cones of ice cream, and later curfews, we’ve asked teen instructors to describe their upcoming teen class as a pop song. Our next instructor in our YAWP Summer Playlist series is Holly Thompson, author of the verse novels Falling into the Dragon’s Mouth, The Language Inside and Orchards, the novel Ash and picture books Twilight Chant, One Wave at a Time, and The Wakame Gatherers.



In our summer YAWP class Making Motion Poems, we'll be combining poetry and video using whatever smartphone or tablet tools we have to create moving poems. We ...

June 13, 2019 | Holly Thompson

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YAWP Summer 2019 Playlist Series: Brave

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In anticipation of 75-degree-or-higher weather, endless waffle cones of ice cream, and later curfews, we’ve asked teen instructors to describe their upcoming teen class as a pop song. Our next instructor in our YAWP Summer Playlist series is E.B. Bartels, author of Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.



My summer class Writing the Risky Sh*t is definitely best summed up by the song "Brave" by Sara Bareilles. In this class, you can be amazing, you can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug, as we write about the stuff ...

June 11, 2019 | E.B. Bartels

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YAWP Summer 2019 Playlist Series: Light On

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In anticipation of 75-degree-or-higher weather, endless waffle cones of ice cream, and later curfews, we’ve asked teen instructors to describe their upcoming teen class as a pop song. Our next instructor in our YAWP Summer Playlist series is Fox Welsh, who is currently working on a YA novel about queerness, mental health, and living outside the boxes we are expected to fit into.

June 6, 2019 | Fox Welsh

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