For Teens

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Rain or Shine: Finding Your Joy on the Page

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

Teen Class Description:

Have you ever heard that your writing is too sentimental? Not serious enough? Too juvenile? This is the workshop is for you! We’re shutting down the haters and finding our bliss on the page! Joy, happiness, shine—whatever we call it, it’s something different for each of us. A crispy fit, fresh fade, singing in the shower, playing with a puppy—joy looks different to each of us, and there’s no right or wrong way to bring this emotion into our work. In this generative experience we will examine the poem WE REAL COOL to gain an understanding of how joy can take many different forms on the page. Rather than focusing on generating emotional context for the reader, we’re taking a step back to find YOUR joy on the page. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.

Class takeaways:

Students will leave with their own custom joy map that connects expressions of joy with each of the five senses to use in current and future projects as well as with a digital chapbook of 12 prompts for incorporating joy into their writing practice.

Note About Our NEW Class Format: 

We’ve made our remote classes more flexible than ever — with plenty of optional portions designed to allow for screen breaks — while still keeping us connected as a writing community. Learn more. 

How Remote Learning works: 

This class will be hosted remotely! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom video conference 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! 

For parents registering their teens: 

*Note: Parents/guardians must complete this permission form online if your teen is under 18.* Unlike previous forms, you only need to fill this 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 the form, 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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Jeni De La O
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  • Short Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

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