YAWP Summer 2019 Playlist Series: Light On

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.



Theme song: “Light On” by Maggie Rogers


“Oh, I couldn't stop it, tried to figure it out
But everything kept moving and the noise got too loud
With everyone around me saying, ‘You should be so happy now’”


Writing for me has always been a way to open up the parts of myself that are scared to be heard. It’s been about telling the story that I need to tell, not the one that I think will get me attention or make me look cool, but whatever is deeply embedded in my heart. That’s what July Week of Creative Writing will invite you to do. I won’t tell you what to feel, or how to express those feelings. I’ll help you uncover that story and give you the tools to tell it, whether that’s through poetry, fiction, non-fiction, long or short stories, or something completely different. I’m here to support you in your writing journey and help you be your best, most creative self, whatever that looks like.


“And I am finding out
There's just no other way
That I'm still dancing at the end of the day
If you leave the light on
Then I'll leave the light on”


Instructor Fox Welsh’s July Week of Creative Writing, Section C begins Monday, July 22nd. Sign up today! Scholarships are available.

 

Fox Welsh grew up in Chatham, Massachusetts and fell in love with writing of all kinds from a young age. They studied music production and engineering at Berklee College of Music, as well as performance poetry. During their time at Berklee, they became a reVERB Poets Slam Team member, competing at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. After completing their degree, they worked closely with poet Caroline Harvey in creating and teaching performance poetry workshops across the country. As they discovered their love of writing long-form stories, especially for children and young adults, Fox began taking classes at Grubstreet. Recently, Fox completed an MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Fox is a queer, non-binary writer with a passion for lifting up the voices of those that are often not heard.

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Fox Welsh grew up in Chatham, Massachusetts and fell in love with writing of all kinds from a young age. They studied music production and engineering at Berklee College of Music, as well as performance poetry. During their time at Berklee, they became a reVERB Poets Slam Team member, competing at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. After completing their degree, they worked closely with poet Caroline Harvey in creating and teaching performance poetry workshops across the country. As they discovered their love of writing long-form stories, especially for children and young adults, Fox began taking classes at Grubstreet. Recently, Fox completed an MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Fox is a queer, non-binary writer with a passion for lifting up the voices of those that are often not heard. They are currently working on a YA novel about queerness, mental health, and living outside the boxes we are expected to fit into.

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