Teen Summer: Writing the Scary Sh*t: Horror & Ghost Stories (REMOTE) -- CLASS FULL
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]
Ready for a week of sleeping with the lights on? In horror, we can explore so much about human nature by exaggerating and not running away from the strangeness within us. We don't just want to scare or shock our reader. We also need to earn their trust and interest by crafting complex protagonists and specific threats for them to face. How can we achieve this combination of terrifying someone while keeping them so entranced that they can't stop reading? We'll discuss the symbolism of turning our struggles into monsters, how to use horror as a response to our society, and how we can build suspense and leave clues for readers when we're inventing new worlds or creatures for our characters to face. On the last day of class, we'll have a mini ghost-story campfire. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.
By the end of this week, you'll have written a ghost story, designed an original monster, created a short epistolary horror story, and started several notes/ideas for future projects. Armed with your terrifying tales, you'll be lots of fun at parties!
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 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 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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