For Teens

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Poetry as Activism

Saturday, November 21st 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
20 seats max

This class will be hosted remotely! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference 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! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

Class Description: If you’re a young writer tired of watching the world go to sh*t, join us during this session of explorating activist poetry. While journalistic forms are conventionally used by activists, poetry holds the unique power of visceral and emotional influence. Whether you want to write about the environment, poverty, education, equality, or other issues on the local, national, or global level, learn how the form of poetry can embody your passion and anger. Age is irrelevant when it comes to expressing how we can improve our world. Spend a few hours with other socially conscious writers, expanding your written/spoken prowess.

Takeaways: By the end of this class you'll have a couple starting drafts of poems as well as an expanded view of poetry and activism. 

Who Should Register?
For writers ages 13 - 18 ONLY. Writing notebooks are available, but feel free to bring your own.

Remember, parents/guardians must also complete this permission form online before the start of the class. Otherwise, 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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Kayla Degala-Paraíso
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  • Poetry

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