For Teens
Online: Zoom

TEEN Summer: Redefining the Rules: Experimental Writing (REMOTE)

Monday through Friday, July 25th through 29th, 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:

Do you have a hard time answering the question, “what kind of writer are you”? Do traditional writing conventions constrain your wildest and most brilliant ideas? Are you still trying to figure out your “voice”? Your stories should never be pigeon-holed into any single style. During this week of genre-bending, -blending, and -embodying, we will smash the boundaries of our craft and mosaic the shards into something bold. We’ll read excerpts from Lily Hoang’s collection of prose-memoir-essays, “A Bestiary”; John Keene’s imaginative collection of short [historical] stories, “Counternarratives”; an anthology of lyric essays and weird forms, “The Shell Game”; and works from contemporary literary magazines. Then, we’ll hone our own technique so that our form/structure/syntax carries as much weight as our content. Find your edge, collaborate with your fellow rebellious writers, and redefine the rules of the game. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.


Students will leave with the beginnings of 2-3 pieces that don’t conform to any single genre or form, and new techniques to inspire future writing.

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 Kayla Degala-Paraiso's Redefining the Rules: Experimental Writing will join students of Stephanie Brownell's Week of Creative Writing 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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Kayla Degala-Paraíso
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Previous Students Say

  • Generative
  • Diverse Reading Assignments
  • Inspired Me to Write More
  • Supportive Environment


  • Generate New Work
  • Workshop
  • In-Class Reading
  • Class Discussion


  • Short Fiction
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

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