For Teens
In-Person: Seaport

Teen Summer: August Week of Creative Writing

Monday through Friday, August 7th through August 11th, 10:30am-3:30pm
In-Person: Seaport
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
This class is full

Class Description:

Come spin a tale with us! Whether you’re working towards a novel or writing short stories, poetry, plays or genre-fluid experiments, this is an opportunity to improve your skills and learn about new forms. We’ll explore different forms, and each day will be filled with writing and reading exercises designed to get you thinking and creating. How do you engage all of the senses in your writing, so that your readers smell and taste your scenes? Can you sit down and have a conversation with your characters? How can you twist and tease language so that all of its sounds become your tools? This week, we’ll explore all that and more, while using our favorite stories as reference points. 

That’s right, we’re talking retellings: the OG fanfics that reframe classic stories through the lenses of new time periods, new locations, new identities, or even new magical abilities. You might have heard tell of a cyborg Cinderella, a post-apocalyptic Red Riding hood, a queer Peter Pan. But retellings aren’t just for fairytales. How about a gender-swapped Sherlock Holmes? A contemporary Gatsby? A diversely cast rap-musical tale of American History? (Yes, I’m talking Hamilton.) From Shakespeare to Stranger Things, you name it, there’s probably a retelling… or maybe you’ll be the one to write it! Retelling our favorite stories lets us extend the fun, of course, but it also helps us find our individual voices while challenge the original narratives and develop our writing skills without facing the overwhelming blank page. The only limit is your imagination! For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.

Class Format:

This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood. Students who need an MBTA pass to commute to class and/or a lunch stipend can request one using this form. Snacks, pens, notebooks and chromebooks (limited amount) will be provided!

Space Accessibility:

Our space is fully ADA accessible with automatic door openers, ADA compliant restrooms, desk and table spacing, braille signage, and elevator. Our classrooms can be equipped with ALS for hard of hearing individuals. We cannot guarantee a scent-free environment. For more accessibility requests, please contact our Operations team at [email protected] or (617) 695-0075.

Covid-19 Updates:

GrubStreet is a mask-friendly space. When our community Covid risk level is low or medium, masks are optional. We are currently at a high community risk level, so masking is required. Learn more about our Covid-19 Policy here.

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.
  • Please register with your preferred name :)


***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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Stephanie K Brownell
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  • Short Fiction
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry

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