YAWP Summer 2019 Playlist Series: Brave

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 that scares us, the stuff that takes a lot of courage to write about. Don’t run, stop holding your tongue and write about the things that maybe you've been told you shouldn't write about. This summer say what you wanna say, and let the words fall out, honestly I wanna see you be brave!



Instructor E.B. Bartels’s Writing the Risky Sh*t begins Monday, July 29th. Sign up today! Scholarships are available.

E.B. Bartels is a writer and teacher from Massachusetts. She has an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and her work has appeared in Catapult, Electric Literature, The Millions, The Toast, The Butter, xoJane, The Rumpus, Ploughshares online, and the anthology The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35, among others. E.B.’s narrative nonfiction book, Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter, a first-person journey through the world of loving and losing animals, exploring the singular nature of our bonds with our companion animals, and how best to grieve for them once they’ve passed away, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in spring 2021. She also runs the interview series Non-Fiction by Non-Men on the site Fiction Advocate.

About the Author

E.B. Bartels is a writer and teacher from Massachusetts. She has an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and her work has appeared in Catapult, Electric Literature, The Millions, The Toast, The Butter, xoJane, The Rumpus, Ploughshares online, and the anthology The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35, among others. E.B.’s narrative nonfiction book, Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter, a first-person journey through the world of loving and losing animals, exploring the singular nature of our bonds with our companion animals, and how best to grieve for them once they’ve passed away, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in spring 2021. She also runs the interview series Non-Fiction by Non-Men on the site Fiction Advocate. E.B. has taught at Columbia’s Summer Program for High School Students, Columbia’s Intro Writing Program, The Door (a drop in center for homeless teens in Manhattan), Mother Caroline Academy in Dorchester, and the Noble & Greenough School in Dedham. Her students have ranged in age from fifth grade to retiree. You can visit her website at ebbartels.com, see her tweets at @eb_bartels, and read her haikus about strangers’ dogs at ebbartels.wordpress.com.

*Photo by Janna Herman

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