For Teens

TEEN Summer: Embracing the Strange: Works that Bend Genre and Form (REMOTE)

Monday through Friday, July 26th through July 30th, 10:30am-3:30pm
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
14 seats max

Class Description:

Tell stories through tweets, write poems in the footnotes, and steal quotes from friends to rearrange into new texts. Confusion is welcome here - in this class we'll explore unusual storytelling formats and topics. Sometimes we sacrifice complexity or strangeness in writing in service of accessibility for the reader, but in this workshop we will dive headfirst into the weirdest and wildest aspects of your projects. We will examine different experimental texts and emulate them through writing prompts and stretch the possibilities of writing and storytelling. Our goal in reading is to realize, “I didn’t know we were allowed to do that!” and our goal in writing is to take the reader into a new space in a way they never could have imagined through multi-genre and form-bending texts. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.


Class takeaways:

The beginnings or short drafts of 5 genre-bending stories/poems, close reading notes from experimental texts, and in-class feedback on your work


Note About Our NEW Class Format: 

We’ve made our remote classes more flexible than ever — with plenty of optional portions designed to allow for screen breaks — while still keeping us connected as a writing community. Learn more. 


How Remote Learning works: 

This class will be hosted remotely! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom video conference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! 


For parents registering their teens: 

*Note: Parents/guardians must complete this permission form online if your teen is under 18.* Unlike previous forms, you only need to fill this 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 the form, registrations could be voided and the cancellation policy will apply. If the student is 18, simply let us know at [email protected]

*If you are registering on behalf of your teen, add their email information in the “For a Friend or Child?” field on the right-hand side of the screen before you check out. This will send them a direct link and reminder to create their own profile with GrubStreet. 

(After adding the class to your cart, click "Checkout" and click “Add” next to “For a Friend or Child?” on the right-hand side to fill in their email. This is an easy way of linking the class to your child and encourages them to create their own account.)

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Marcella Haddad
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  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Young Adult & Children's Literature
  • Screenwriting
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry

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