For Teens

Teen Summer: Crafting Lyrics and Verse: The Art of Songwriting (REMOTE)

Monday through Thursday, July 13th - July 16th, 10:30am to 3:30pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
14 seats max

This class will be hosted remotely! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference 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!

Depending on the instructor, there will be a mix of large and small group activities as well as some online and offline work time with plenty of breaks in between to recharge. As with any YAWP class, students will be encouraged to stretch themselves and to also express their pacing needs to the instructor, in case adjustments are necessary. Instructors almost always have a variety of writing assignments to suit a wide variety of comfort and experience levels. If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

*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]

Class Description:

How do musicians write lyrics that instantly fill us with joy, sadness, or inspiration in just a few short lines? In this week-long class, you'll explore the connections between writing and music, and learn the strategies and techniques that top musicians — like Kendrick Lamar, Tupac, Biggie, Fred the Godson, BabyFace, Alicia Keys, Jhene Aiko, Amy Winehouse, J.Cole., and more! use to write songs that move us emotionally and land at the top of the Billboard charts. While writing your own lyrics and verses, you'll also learn the Art of 16 Bars, be introduced to the top 5 Elements of Hip-Hop, and delve into the history and stories behind some of the greatest rap tracks of all time by studying the art of sampling. You don't have to be a musician to take this class; all you need is the desire to learn from the greatest songwriters of our time. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.


By the end of class, you’ll have the beginnings of some strong lyrics/verses of your own, but most importantly, you’ll have shaped a clearer process to create and share your own lyrics and verses using online ciphers.

**Please note, this class is four days long, NOT five, and therefore ends on Thursday, July 16th.**

Classes marked as “full” can still have scholarship spots available. So apply! 
GrubStreet is happy to be able to offer some full scholarships for our teen writing camps. Please wait to hear from our Scholarship committee before registering for the class, as scholarships cannot be applied retroactively. Scholarships are distributed on a rolling basis, right up to 48 hours before class start. However, the sooner you apply, the better your chances of receiving a scholarship.

Who Should Register?
For writers ages 13 - 18 ONLY. 

Remember, parents/guardians must also complete this permission form online before the start of the class. Otherwise, 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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