Fall YAWP Saturday Sessions Are Here! (FREE)

Check out our FREE YAWP Saturday Sessions for fall 2022! These sessions are free for Boston-area high schoolers. Whether you need fresh ideas, a dedicated space to write, or just want to geek out about the written word with other writers, we're here for you or the teen writer in your life. Check below for more info about each of our upcoming sessions. 

ALL YAWP Saturdays for Fall 2022 are free and will be held either in person at our Seaport headquarters or remotely via Zoom from 12:00 to 3:00pm (ET). Snacks and writing materials will be provided. Click here for more information.


October 15th


Words for Style, Signaling, and Surprise (In-Person)

Walter Smelt

A character’s choice of words can reveal their origins, aspirations, and anxieties; mixing words from different registers can create laughter; and an unexpected-but-perfect word in the right place can strike a reader with the force of a blow. This session will look at nuances of diction through close reading, exercises, and prompts. Learn more.


And Action!: Introduction to Screenwriting (In-Person)

Paloma Valenzuela

You have this fantastic idea for a movie but it's all in your head! How do you get it on the page? In this class students will learn the basics of screenwriting: format, scene structure, and the elements of a scene. Learn more.


Love to Hate You, Hate to Love You: Creating Character Foils (Zoom)

Sara Daniele Rivera

The dark, brooding character who has a soft spot for their bubbly friend. The moralistic superhero whose nemesis is morally gray. The enemies-to-lovers who can’t stand anything about each other but fall for each other anyway. In this class, we’ll explore the idea of the character foil, and how characterization can come to life when we create counterparts for our protagonists who are the exact opposite of everything they are. Learn more.


November 19th


Stories that Grip: Techniques for Creating Suspense in Any Genre (In-Person)

Katie Bayerl

Whether you're writing mystery, horror, suspense (or really, any fictional genre), your first job is to get your reader hooked. How do you pull that off? We'll look at clips from Jordan Peele's movies and opening pages from YA thrillers to get insights into how creators create pulse-raising stories. Learn more.


Talking Back to Art: Writing Ourselves into Visual Works (In-Person)

Heather Nelson

Art is everywhere is out lives, not just in museums. It's in our photos, on our walls, on our t-shirts. In this workshop we will practice writing down careful observations about a wide range of visual representations, from graffiti art to museum art. Learn more.


The Art of Multiperspectivity (Zoom)

Kayla Degala-Paraíso

Multiperspectivity: n. a narrative technique by which the writer shows more than one perspective/narrator to the reader in order to complicate, enhance, expand, cross-check, distort, and/or clarify the story. In this class, we’re tackling the art of integrating and intertwining multiple perspectives in our stories! Learn more.


December 10th


Contain Yourself: Fun with Flash (In-Person)

Kristen Paulson-Nguyen

Do you enjoy the challenge of pouring meaning into small containers? If you crave the heat of expressing big thoughts using 100 to 1,000 words, the lightning strike of flash, a short form of fiction or nonfiction, is for you. Learn more.


Writing a Short Film (In-Person)

Mark Fogarty

Short films are a great way for filmmakers to cut their teeth, experiment and showcase their abilities, and the first (and most important) step to making any film is writing a great screenplay. In this workshop, students will watch and analyze several short films and then write one of their own. Learn more.


Hey Look, a Poem! A Day of Found Forms (Zoom)

Sara Daniele Rivera

Has writer’s block ever prevented you from generating new pieces? What if, in these moments, you could turn to your Twitter feed, your favorite novel, or a newspaper clipping to create a poem? In this class, we’ll explore found poetic forms, meaning forms of poetry that come from an external source. Learn more.

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