For Teens

Week of Sci-fi, Fantasy: Focus on Made-up Languages

Monday-Friday, August 13th-August 17th, 10:30am-3:30pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
12 seats max

[Classes marked as “full” can still have scholarship spots available. So apply! More information is listed below.]

Class Description:

You have your fantasy creatures, spaceships, and story ideas -- but what about the languages of your world? Jump into a week of writing sci-fi and fantasy with a focus on inventing languages to populate your world. We’ll explore how language and culture interact, how they inform your character’s decisions, and basic principles of linguistics to help us invent languages for our stories. We’ll create a made-up language as a class, and also complete several exercises in order to build several original languages for your stories! By the end of this week, you’ll have notes on the basic vocabulary, grammar rules, and pronunciation of an invented language that you can use in your story, and an understanding of how to effectively use language in worldbuilding. This course is geared toward creative, energetic, and open-minded writers all of levels who are particularly interested in worldbuilding. Writing notebooks will be available, but feel free to bring your own. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.

Parents/guardians must also complete this permission form online before the start of the class.


GrubStreet is happy to be able to offer a limited number of full scholarships for our teen writing camps. To apply for a scholarship, please click the "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" link above, and complete the online form describing why you want to take the teen writing camp and detailing your financial need. Please wait to hear from our Scholarship committee before registering for the class, as scholarships cannot be applied retroactively. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Wednesday, August 8th at 5pm. 

*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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Marcella Haddad
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Supportive Environment"
  • "High-Energy Class"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


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  • Study Published Writing
  • In-Class Writing Prompts
  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • Inspiration


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