For Teens
In-Person: Seaport

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Magic on the Page! Fantasy Short Stories

Saturday, April 8th from 12:00pm - 3:00pm
In-Person: Seaport
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
25 seats max

Class Description:

Whether it's the classic, epic fantasy of Tolkien or the modern, rough and tumble fantasy of Leigh Bardugo, most fantasy has one thing in common: magic! But how do we write convincing magic? Should it have rules and systems? Should it be dripping mystery, never explained on the page? Does it even matter, or is it more about spectacle, dazzling our readers with the bizarre sensory experience of magic?

This workshop will discuss all these approaches and more! There is a lot of writing advice regarding magic, and this workshop will help you choose the style that works for the story you are trying to tell. We'll discuss magic in Leigh Bardugo, Ursula Le Guin, Max Gladstone, N.K. Jemisin, and more. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.


By the end of the class, students should have different approaches to writing magic into our fantasy and science fiction stories, ideas about how characters interact with magic—and the beginning to one such story of their own.

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 spring!***

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Peter Medeiros
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  • Short Fiction

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