For Teens

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): And Action!: Introduction to Screenwriting

Saturday, October 15th from 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Online: Zoom
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
25 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!***


Course Description:

You have this fantastic idea for a movie but it's all in your head! How do you get it on the page? In this class students will learn the basics of screenwriting: format, scene structure, and the elements of a scene. We will be watching some examples to enhance our understanding of some of these basic elements as well as go over the basic plot structure of a feature length film. Get ready for a jam packed workshop with a lot of prompted free-writing to get ideas generated and to get you more comfortable with the format of screenwriting. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.


Students will leave the class with a stronger understanding of script format and with the confidence to begin their scripts. Students will have one first draft of the first two pages of a script.

Our NEW Class Format--Sustainable Creativity:

Based on student suggestions and to offer writers a sustainable learning experience, this Fall's YAWP Saturdays provide a balance of craft sessions and exercises with plenty of optional components so that teens can take screen breaks as needed. Each session will feature a craft talk or group exercise with your designated instructor and conclude with an optional opening mic event. 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 fall!***

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Paloma Valenzuela
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  • Screenwriting

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