For Teens
Online: Zoom

TEEN Summer: Re-Vision, Seeing Again: Polishing as Play

Monday through Friday, August 8th-August 12th, 10:30am-3:30pm
Online: Zoom
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
14 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:

What if the process of editing, tightening, and polishing your work could feel just as amazing as writing? This class is all about “re-vision”: literally, how to see our words anew, as if we were seeing them for the first time. We’ll play, experiment, ask questions of our own writing, and shape our drafts until every word on the page has meaning and intention. As we learn new techniques together, we’ll continue to center your unique voice and what you love about your writing. We’ll explore large structural changes, radical reimaginings, and tiny tune-ups, all to get your work publication-ready. All genres welcome! If you’ve ever written something you cared about and wanted to make stronger without losing its magic, come join us! For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.



You’ll leave class with plenty of strong drafts and a set of tools you can apply to all your creative writing. Bring your reworked pieces to GrubStreet’s end-of-summer Submitathon and send them out into the world!

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 Sara Daniele Rivera's Re-Vision, Seeing Again: Polishing as Play will join students of Nancy Agabian's Reclaiming Stories 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!

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 yawp[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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Previous Students Say

  • You'll Be Inundated with Great Info
  • Lots of Practical Tips
  • Supportive Environment


  • Get Feedback
  • Revision
  • Inspiration


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Literary Journalism
  • Nonfiction
  • Young Adult & Children's Literature
  • Publishing & Promotion
  • Screenwriting
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Professional Development & Skills

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