For Teens

Young Adult Writers Program: “I Can’t Believe They’re Not Real!” - Creating Memorable Characters

Saturday, January 27th 12:00pm-4:00pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: Teens
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The word character come from Greek kharakter, meaning "engraved mark," also "symbol or imprint on the soul.” It is the sum of all qualities that define a person; it’s what we remember about them. In this session, we will talk about creating round versus flat characters–that can carry the weight of a story–no matter the length, or genre. We’ll talk about why some characters are so compelling, making us think of them long after the book is finished, and we'll do writing exercises that help you develop a character you’re excited have in your story! Work on something new, or develop a character you already have. By the end of this class you'll have a character outline and a couple scenes (or short draft) to take home with you! Writing notebooks will be available, but feel free to bring your own. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.

Join GrubStreet’s Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP), a FREE creative writing workshop for Boston-area high schoolers. Our students come from a wide variety of high schools in the Boston area and enjoy cool writing exercises, mingling with fellow young writers, snacks, and an optional open mic. After four great years, YAWP has already been recognized by the Boston Globe as Boston's hub for writing teenagers. You must be 13-18 years to register.

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


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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