For Teens
In-Person: Seaport

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): How to Present Your Authentic, Writerly Self

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

Class Description:

When you're writing all alone, the solitude can be so delicious. But getting up to read your work, or even talking about it to others? Awkward. In this class, we'll talk about how to find confidence in our writer identities and tips to keep your cool while staying true to yourself under social pressure. You'll learn about how to describe your work, write the perfect author bio, performance and stage etiquette, and the importance of having a writing community. At the end of class, students will have the opportunity to practice these skills with a piece they've already written for a cross-class open mic!


Students will leave with an inside scoop on how to navigate the writing sphere and start owning their status as writers who are confident in showing their authentic selves and writing with the world.

Class Format:

This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood. Students who need an MBTA pass to commute to class can request one using this form. Snacks, pens, notebooks, chromebooks, and post-class pizza will be provided!  

Space Accessibility:

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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Kristen Paulson-Nguyen
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  • Publishing & Promotion
  • Professional Development & Skills

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