For Teens
In-Person: Seaport

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Teen Wellness Retreat

Saturday, December 16th from 3:30pm - 6:00pm
In-Person: Seaport
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
20 seats max

Class Description:

Celebrate the end of the semester with YAWP’s Teen Wellness Retreat! Students will learn how to navigate this fast-paced world with guidance from Tricia Hersey’s book Rest is Resistance and short anecdotes from various readings that focus on how to listen to your body and mind when rest is needed. We live in a world where capitalism and consumerism are the central part of how society determines a person’s value through our work and production. Throughout this workshop we will dive into questions such as: How can we collectively care for each other with the power of naps and deep rest? How can rest as a form of resistance against capitalism allow for the reimagining of our world? What are some practices that you can do to revive the spirit, mind, and most importantly, body in order to prevent burnout? We are worthy of rest! To end the workshop, students will have a variety of teas to choose from and watch the Studio Ghibli film,“Howl’s Moving Castle.” Everyone will also receive a wellness gift bag, including a copy of Rest is Resistance

The retreat will take place after our in-person YAWP Saturday sessions, so feel free to make a whole day of it at our Boston Center for Creative Writing! For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.


Students will leave with steps and practices on how to avoid burnout and what to do if you get to the point where your mind and body require rest. They will also learn that rest should not be considered a luxury, but a human necessity that liberates us.

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.

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 low 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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Diana Sanchez
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  • Personal Essay
  • Literary Journalism
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

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