For Teens
In-Person: Seaport

TEEN Summer: Beginning Playwriting

Monday through Friday, August 1st through August 5th, 10:30am-3:30pm
In-Person: Seaport
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
14 seats max

***We are planning for this class to be held in-person at our beautiful new Seaport location! This is subject to change depending on COVID case numbers. We will stay in communication with registered students as more information becomes available.***


Class Description:

Are you interested in learning how to write a play? Maybe you've already begun to create a story for the stage. Perhaps you're curious to explore a new theatrical genre. In this class you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the art of playwriting. With craft based writing exercises, group discussions, close readings of excerpts from plays by contemporary playwrights such as Charly Evon Simpson, Kristoffer Díaz, Kimberly Bellflower, Qui Nguyen, and Julia Izumi, you are sure to develop a stronger hand at world building, character development, plot, and the magic that is theatre.

You will also have the chance to hear your work read out loud, as well as give and receive feedback that is rooted in the Liz Lerman Response practice. By the end of the week, you will leave with a final draft of a ten minute play, and a plethora of scenes that may bloom into future full length plays. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.



This class is designed for writers with a flare for drama at all levels who want to see their work on a stage or screen one day. By the end of the week, you'll learn how to give and receive constructive feedback to and from your peers. You will also come away with a collection of monologues, scenes with stage directions, and a final draft of a ten-minute play to be workshopped out loud by your classmates.

Building Community:

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 culminate with a cross-course gathering on Friday afternoon from 2:15pm-3:30pm. Students of Kira Rockwell's Beginning Playwriting will join students of Stephanie Brownell's A Week of Science Fiction and Fantasy to share their work, learn from each other’s craft, or create something new altogether!

Class Format:

This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood. Please note that proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required to attend this class. Please submit your proof of vaccination here at least 48 hours before your class begins. Read on to learn more about GrubStreet's vaccine protocol and find information about where to get vaccinated below.

GrubStreet Vaccine Protocol:

Please submit your most recent proof of vaccination, which requires a booster shot for those eligible, here at least 48 hours before your class begins. If you have previously submitted a proof of vaccination that did not include your booster shot, you will need to resubmit your updated vaccine card.  If you are not able to fill out our vaccination form 48 hours before your class begins, please bring your vaccine card (or a photo of it) with you to the building. Please note that if you arrive for class and you have not filled out the form and do not have proof of vaccination with you, you will not be allowed to participate in the class. And don’t forget your mask! Masks will be required at all times while inside the building. Click here to read GrubStreet's full Vaccination and Masking Policy.

Vaccination status: For in-person classes and events, your vaccination status is considered up-to-date until the time you are eligible for a booster – which is 5 months after the second dose in a two-shot series. Boosters are required for all visitors on our second floor if your second shot was more than 5 months ago.

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.


***If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at [email protected]. We’re looking forward to writing with you this summer!***

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