Upcoming YAWP Saturday Sessions (Free!)
Check out our FREE YAWP Saturday Sessions for Spring 2023! 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 Spring 2023 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.
Saturday January 21st, 12:00-3:00pm ET
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.
Have you ever found an old photograph at a flea market and wondered: who are these people, and what is their story? We will look at an array of items––old photographs, video footage, antique maps, even junk and trash––and find the stories and poems hidden within.
Got a story that’s lacking that “somethin’ special?” This class is all about the add-ins: the story elements that give your writing an extra kick. There are two ways to participate in this class: bring a draft of your story that needs a little pizzazz, or come with a blank slate and start a new story, leading with the spice. Whichever way you choose, join us and imbue your writing with zest!
Saturday February 11th, 12:00-3:00pm ET
In this workshop, we will read excerpts from writers of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry who write from their lived experiences to form perspectives and characters that look back on their youth, and how race, ethnicity, culture and family history are essential to these narratives. We’ll identify literary techniques across these genres and their varied effects, and learn strategies for writing personal stories that prioritize your well-being over the work.
In this class we will focus on pre-writing, arguably one of the most important stages in one’s writing process, regardless of genre or medium. Together we'll tackle various outlining techniques in order to gain inspiration, brainstorm and map ideas, and hone in on the purpose of our pieces.
Why does poetry matter? How can it save us? And how are the tools of poetry applicable to all writing genres? Let me count the ways… In this workshop we will write poetry to reveal truths and secrets; we will write fears and longing; and we will inspire imagination and joy. “Poetry is the piano of literature,” YA author Jason Reynolds says. “If you can play the piano then you understand how to play anything.”
Saturday March 11th, 12:00-3:00pm ET
In a fast paced 21st century world that challenges our ability to reconcile sacred alongside secular, how can poetry & embodied awareness alchemize the sacred, mundane & profane experiences of our heads and hearts into meaningful art? In this workshop, we will deepen our relationship with ourselves while we generate new writing. We will explore both poetry prompts and compassionate awareness practices.
Do you find yourself making up stories for strangers you see out in the world? Do you love to create settings and dream up characters? In this workshop, we'll explore the wonderful, creative world of fiction.
Saturday April 8th, 12:00-3:00pm ET
Are you looking to craft rich, complex, compelling characters that drive your story? Would you like to explore revolutionary methods to effectively do so? Do you enjoy working collaboratively? Or, are you interested in learning how peer collaboration can benefit your character writing? Well, then this class is for you!
Whether it's the classic, epic fantasy of Tolkien or the modern, rough and tumble fantasy of Leigh Bardugo, most fantasy has one thing in common: magic! But how do we write convincing magic? Should it have rules and systems? Should it be dripping mystery, never explained on the page? This workshop will discuss these approaches and more!
Have you ever received the note, “Show Don't Tell,” only to find yourself asking, “What the heck does that even mean?” “How does one show when I have so much backstory to explain?!" In this workshop, you will learn tools, tips, and tricks to get away with laying down the facts of the given circumstances in your story in order to create visually stunning moments.
Saturday May 13th, 12:00-3:00pm ET
Knowing your audience is important but what about the story in your heart, just dying to come out? We often dwell on the reception of our writing but that creates a pressure to perform for our audience in a way that forsakes our unique perspectives. But ask yourself what might happen if your wrote with yourself as the target audience?
Together, we'll look at examples of this kind of "hermit crab" writing, then do some creating of our own, crafting stories and essays in the form of postcards and text messages, recipes, Google Maps directions, a multiple choice quiz, or a Spotify playlist. We'll think about how these forms impact a reader's understanding of character, plot, and meaning, and we'll finish class by trading prompts for new pieces.
Sometimes, the challenge in our writing isn’t fleshing out our characters, but rather how they express themselves. How do we create distinctive voices for each of our characters? How do we get our characters to move and behave in ways that both characterize them and show their interiorities? And, perhaps most importantly: how do we put multiple characters in the same room and have each of them remain unique?