For Teens
In-Person: Seaport

TEEN Summer: Making Poetry From Everyday Experiences

Monday through Friday, June 27th-July 1st, 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:

Sometimes finding the perfect words to create the perfect poem can feel like a treasure hunt through the mind. But what if the “perfect poem” already exists in a song, or a magazine, or the caption of a photograph? What if all you had to do to find it, was look through a different kind of lens? In this week-long workshop, we will discover that poetry is everywhere. Using pre-existing works, we will explore erasures, centos, blockout poems and other forms of Found Poetry. Through love letters, street signs, graffiti, anime scenes and more, we will give ourselves permission to reimagine language and create poems that embody our own essence and spark. We will embark on a wild treasure hunt to finally find the poems we’ve always been searching for. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.



By the end of the week, students will have drafted at least three different found poems. Students will also leave this class with an understanding of different Found Poetry forms and a toolbox full of various poetic techniques. This is a workshop that thrives on creativity, and is open to writers of all levels and genre experience. Be ready to try out news approaches and think outside the box!

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 Crystal Valentine’s Found Poetry Workshop will join students of Olivia Kate Cerrone’s Week of Creative Writing 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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