For Teens
Online: Zoom

Teen Summer: Empower Your Poetry, Write for Revolutionary Change

Monday through Friday, July 10th - July 14th, 10:30am-3:30pm (ET)
Online: Zoom
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
20 seats max

***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!***


Class Description:

How does your writing contribute to revolutionary change? The youth have always and will always lead the way towards revolution worldwide. Because of this, it is crucial that they are well informed about the history and the art that has contributed to revolution. In this week-long writing workshop, we will develop our writing craft while engaging in revolutionary political education, specifically as it relates to the Black Power and Black Arts Movements. Participants will read, watch, and listen to poetry, speeches, essays and music from iconic revolutionaries in an effort to truly understand the role of a revolutionary, the role of the artist, and when, where and how these roles intersect. Participants will explore works from icons such as Assata Shakur, Sonia Sanchez and Amiri Baraka and read modern poets that write on revolutionary themes, like Tongo-Eisen Martin, Jericho Brown and Danez Smith. Writers will also be encouraged to call on their own lived experience and consider how our political lifestyles impact how we show up as artists and, inevitably, how we show up as humans. Writers of all levels of experience are welcome! For writers age 13-18 ONLY. This class was previously listed as, The Past, Present and Practice of Revolutionary Poetics.


Students will leave with a second draft of at least two poems, a packet of all poetry, articles and media we will use during class and an understanding of the craft, technique, and themes that contribute to poetry written to be an agent of revolution. 

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session post-class. 

Online 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. 

Each morning session will feature a craft talk or group exercise with your designated instructor, and in the afternoon 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!

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.
  • Please register with your preferred name :)


***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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