For Teens
In-Person: Seaport

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Finding Purpose: The Importance of Pre-Writing

Saturday, February 11th from 12:00pm - 3:00pm
In-Person: Seaport
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
25 seats max

***We are planning for this class to be held in-person at our beautiful new Seaport location! This is subject to change depending on COVID case numbers. We will stay in communication with registered students as more information becomes available.***


Class Description:

When we read our favorite pieces from other writers, it's often forgotten that what we're looking at is only the final product of unknown countless hours of reflection, note-taking, and planning.

In this class we will focus on pre-writing, arguably one of the most important stages in one’s writing process, regardless of genre or medium. Together we'll tackle various outlining techniques in order to gain inspiration, brainstorm and map ideas, and hone in on the purpose of our pieces. By compartmentalizing and appreciating the many moving parts of our stories, we can gain more confidence in our ability to tell them.

This class is intended for anyone with an interest in outlining an existing original project or idea, especially if one is struggling to do so. For writers age 13-18 ONLY.


Students will leave with varied pre-writing techniques that will give them confidence for future writing projects, and at least one plan for a new or in-progress written work.

Class Format:

This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood. 

Space Accessability:

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 medium community risk level, so this offering is: mask optional. If our community Covid-19 risk level becomes high, we will follow the CDC recommendations and require masks within our space. 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 winter!***

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Lala Shanks
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  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

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