For Teens

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): An Afternoon of Mystery!

Saturday, December 11th from 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
20 seats max

Teen Class Description:

We often think of mystery as a long-form genre, from the novels of Agatha Christie to film noir. However, mystery has its roots in shorter fiction; some argue that Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" represents the first mystery. And mystery enjoyed a strong presence and in the "pulps" and magazines of the early Twentieth Century. The early mystery writers knew how to pack intrigue, speculation, drama, and resolution…all into a compact form! In this course, we will endeavor to do the same. This class will explore how elements of mystery can be used in shorter works, whether short fiction, poetry—or even nonfiction and memoir! We'll briefly explore the work of Megan Abbott, Kelly Link, Walter Mosely, and Deepa Anaparra. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.

Class takeaways:

By the end of the class, you will have produced some writing in your form of choice…using the strategies of cognition and characterization that define the short mystery.

Note About Our NEW Class Format: 

We’ve made our remote classes more flexible than ever — with plenty of optional portions designed to allow for screen breaks — while still keeping us connected as a writing community. Learn more. 

How Remote Learning works: 

This class will be hosted remotely! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom video conference 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! 

For parents registering their teens: 

*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]

*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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Peter Medeiros
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  • Short Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

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