For Teens

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Eco-Poetics for the City Dwellers

Saturday, January 22nd from 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Online: Zoom
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
25 seats max

Teen Class Description:

Description: In this workshop we’ll be experimenting with the strategies and intuitions of nature poetry applied to the built urban environment. We’ll be entering that experiment by breaking down how poets, Jon Sands, Fatimah Ashgar, and Elizabeth Acevedo, write about city dwelling subjects, ranging from humble city rats to picturesque gazebos. We’ll look at how these writers parse through the many systems, natural and unnatural, that are constantly at play in the city, and how these poets explore tensions unearthed between their identity and their city. The main goal for the workshop is to brainstorm an aspect of our city that might seem ‘unworthy,’ superficial, or overlooked, and to imagine what it might be an expert at. How has its perspective been shaped by its circumstances? In what ways may it actually be an vital aspect of our city as we know it? We can think of poems as little cities and systems in and of themselves, where all details are at play and interconnected with one another, by design or by emergence. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.

Class takeaways:

By introducing and subverting aspects of nature poetry, students will leave with a toolbox full of poetic techniques such as personification, descriptive language, and personal narrative as well as having a better understanding of odes and elegies as poetic forms.

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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Otto Vock
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