For Teens

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Plan, Write, Publish! Intro to Fiction Writing

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

***This class will be hosted remotely! You'll receive an email from your instructor about 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin with a Zoom link. There is no need to download or sign up for Zoom in advance!***


Class Description:

Do you find yourself making up stories for strangers you see out in the world? Do you love to create settings and dream up characters? In this workshop, we'll explore the wonderful, creative world of fiction. First, we'll read and discuss some short stories that exemplify what fiction can be and do. Then, we'll practice the craft with 3 writing exercises that will help you develop up to 3 story ideas of your own. Last, we'll talk about how to submit your work for publication. Writers of all fiction genres welcome! For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.


Students will leave class with an introduction to fiction, the beginning of a fiction story of their own, and tips for submitting work for publication.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session post-class. 

Our NEW Class Format--Sustainable Creativity:

Based on student suggestions and to offer writers a sustainable learning experience, YAWP Saturdays provide a balance of craft sessions and exercises with plenty of optional components so that teens can take screen breaks as needed. Each session will feature a craft talk or group exercise with your designated instructor and conclude with an optional opening mic event. Students are encouraged to self-advocate, opting out if they are fatigued or diving in if they want more creative activity. Either way, instructors will always be available to answer questions via email and/or Zoom chat!

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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Zyanya Avila Louis
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  • Short Fiction

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