For Teens
Online: Zoom

TEEN Summer: Reclaiming Stories (REMOTE)

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:

Have you ever wondered about the hidden histories in your neighborhood or nearby? What are the stories of women, Black people, LGBTQ people, Indigenous people, and other people of color that have been denied, suppressed, or that we don’t always hear about? Every town and neighborhood contains many narratives of the people who have contributed to it, and this workshop will give space to find and write stories that have been silenced or overlooked.

This workshop will give you guidelines and support to research and write the local histories that matter to you. We will explore local libraries, archives, museums, oral histories, as well as online resources to scout out information. We will read samples of creative nonfiction writers reclaiming stories as models for you to write about your research in a personal way. Finally, we’ll talk about outlets to publish and avenues to teach others about the stories that you uncover and illuminate. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.



By the end of this class you’ll have new knowledge about a local town, neighborhood, or community of your choice; a rough draft of a personal essay reclaiming a history; and ideas to spread your new awareness through your writing and other projects.

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 Nancy Agabian's Reclaiming Stories will join students of Sara Daniele Rivera's Re-Vision, Seeing Again: Polishing as Play 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 [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
  • Diverse Reading Assignments
  • Inspired Me to Write More


  • Study Published Writing
  • In-Class Writing
  • Inspiration


  • Personal Essay
  • Literary Journalism
  • Nonfiction

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