TEEN Summer: Flash Point (REMOTE)
***This class will be hosted remotely! You'll receive an email from your instructor about 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin with a Zoom link. There is no need to download or sign up for Zoom in advance!***
Do you enjoy the challenge of pouring meaning into small containers? If you crave the heat of expressing big thoughts using 100 to 1,000 words, the lightning strike of flash, a short form of fiction or nonfiction, is for you. In this class we’ll first draw inspiration from pieces published in River Teeth and Creative Nonfiction’s Sunday Short Reads series. We’ll brainstorm topics. Then we’ll write flash in class using optional prompts to generate several pieces. We’ll discuss them as a group, and you’ll receive tips for revising your work and submitting it for publication. What a whirl to paint a complete world in just a few words. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.
By the end of the class, you’ll have a revised flash and micro-flash piece, a 150-word writer bio, resources to find writing prompts, and a list of outlets that welcome flash from young writers.
Our NEW Class Format--Sustainability and Community:
Based on student suggestions and to offer writers a sustainable learning experience, this YAWP weeklong provides a balance of craft sessions and exercises with plenty of optional components so that teens can take screen breaks as needed. To offer young writers a chance to interact with a larger group of their peers and to expose them to a variety of genres, this YAWP weeklong will join with another class for cross-course gatherings.
Each morning session will feature a craft talk or group exercise with your designated instructor.
On Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons, students of Kristen Paulson-Nguyen's Flash Point will join students of Meghan Lamb's Week of Creative Writing to share their work, learn from each other’s craft, or create something new altogether!
On Monday and Wednesday afternoons, you’ll have optional and lowkey meetings that could consist of:
- Q&A chat with your writing instructor
- Group writing with music
- Reading party
- Movie viewing followed by a chat about craft
- Writing games
- Open mic/sharing
Students are encouraged to self-advocate, opting out if they are fatigued or diving in if they want more creative activity. Either way, instructors will always be available to answer questions via email and/or Zoom chat!
- 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.
***If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at [email protected] We’re looking forward to writing with you this summer!***
Previous Students Say
- Great for Newbies
- You'll Be Inundated with Great Info
- Lots of Practical Tips
- Generate New Work
- Get Feedback
- Personal Essay
- Literary Journalism
- Publishing & Promotion
- Professional Development & Skills