Welcome Our YAWP Working in the Arts Fellows! 

Every year, hundreds of talented teen writers participate in our Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP). Many of them are ideal candidates for jobs in the literary arts, yet paid internships and fellowships that offer direct industry experience can be hard to find. GrubStreet wanted to create more career development pathways for passionate and capable teens--an investment in a stronger literary landscape now and in the future.  

GrubStreet’s Working in the Arts Summer Fellows will be vital parts of our summer season program team. In addition to professional work experience, Fellows will receive informal mentorship and gain access to other working artists. If they are interested in gaining teaching experience, they will have the opportunity to assist in teaching teen classes.   

The applicants this year made the selection process incredibly difficult, but we chose four amazing YAWPers from the past and present to join us:  

  • Unglid Paul 
  • Sarah Gordon 
  • Edozie Umunna 
  • Jola Laguda 

We congratulate them on yet another prestigious milestone in their artistic and professional lives.  We look forward to an amazing year! 

P.S. We expect to continue with the Working in the Arts Fellowship program, and the program application for summer 2020 should go live in December 2019 or January 2020. Keep checking the YAWP web pages for updates.  

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About the Author

Eson Kim serves as the Director of Community and Youth Programs at GrubStreet, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Her stories have appeared in Calyx Journal, Denver Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, among others. She received a Writing Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and earned the David B. Saunders Award for creative nonfiction. She was also named to the Notable list of Best American Essays. She's appeared on Radio Boston's Summer Reads series and Stories from the Stage (WGBH). She loves any opportunity to talk about books for all ages.

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