For Teens
Online: Zoom

Verbal Detectives: Uncovering Everyday Secrets through Writing--FOR TEENS!

Monday through Thursday, April 18th to 21st, 10:30am - 3:30pm
Online: Zoom
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
18 seats max

***This class will be hosted remotely! You'll receive an email from your instructor with a Zoom link about 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin. There is no need to download or sign up for Zoom in advance!***


Class Description:

Ay Chum?! Got a lead on a story no one's seemed to notice? Seen a big truth that's been sitting right under all our noses? Got a favorite band, food dish, family member, TV series, character, or subject you think we can all learn from? Well here's the big secret- There are some stories and lessons only your mind and careful eye can uncover, all you gotta do is pick up the magnifying glass (and the pen!).

Our weeklong writing course will help brainstorm and organize your leads and give you the structure to help investigate them through writing on your own terms. We'll look at the work of fellow detective Poets, Essayists, and Journalists like Hanif Abdurraqib, Ahrm Choi Wild, José Olivarez, and more you'll have to discover for yourself. Whatever genre of writing you choose to investigate with, we'll be there to help. So, waddya say, pal, you gonna take the case? 

This class is open to beginner and experienced teen writers working in any genre. Whatever style of writing you want to try or expand, bring your ideas, questions, and drafts, and create something fun in the company of other word lovers. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.

Plenty of scholarships are available, so please apply!

Our NEW Class Format:

Based on student suggestions and to offer writers a sustainable learning experience, this April Vacation class provides a balance of craft sessions with plenty of optional components so that teens can take screen breaks as needed.

Every morning students will have class from 10:30AM-1:30PM.

Each afternoon will feature an optional session from 2:15PM-3:30PM that will include one of the following remote activities:

  • Silent group writing with music and available Q&A chat with the writing instructor
  • Book club silent reading party and optional chat
  • Guest instructor session on varying topics
  • Group movie viewing followed by a class Q&A about craft techniques reflected in the movie
  • Virtual field trips to museums and other virtual venues. 
  • Online writing games
  • Open Mic/sharing

We want to nurture teen creativity while acknowledging how our world right now uniquely affects students. We believe that some of the best ideas find us during breaks, so we encourage teens to see their rest as part of their dynamic creative process.


Registration Instructions:

  • If the student is under 18, parents/guardians must complete this permission form online. You only need to fill this form out ONE TIME, NOT for every class. If you cannot remember whether you have already filled it out, please email [email protected] and we will check for you! If you do not complete this form, your registrations could be voided and the cancellation policy will apply.
  • If the student is 18, simply let us know by emailing [email protected]
  • If you are registering on behalf of a student, add their email in the “For a Friend or Child?” field on the right-hand side of the screen at check out. This will send them a direct link and reminder to create their own profile with GrubStreet.

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Otto Vock
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Previous Students Say

  • Great for Newbies
  • Diverse Reading Assignments
  • Inspired Me to Write More


  • Generate New Work
  • In-Class Writing Prompts
  • Craft Lessons
  • Inspiration


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

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