For Teens
In-Person: Seaport

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Writing a Short Film

Saturday, January 21st from 12:00pm - 3:00pm
In-Person: Seaport
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Level: Teens
Teen (13-18)
25 seats max

Class Description:

Short films are a great way for filmmakers to cut their teeth, experiment and showcase their abilities, and the first (and most important) step to making any film is writing a great screenplay. In this workshop, students will watch and analyze several short films and then write one of their own. We’ll discuss scene construction and story structure, and share a scene in class for on-the-spot feedback. We’ll talk about how to write around what you have access to with an eye toward writing something you can make yourself, and discuss how to use free resources to get the film made.

Feel free to bring a tablet or laptop to access free screenplay software that will handle a lot of the formatting work for you, but old-fashioned paper will also work just fine. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.


Students will get a grasp of screenplay structure and format, and leave with a short film script they can turn into a film.

Class Format:

This class will take place in-person at our Center for Creative Writing in Boston's Seaport neighborhood. 

Space Accessability:

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 level, so masking is not required. 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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Mark Fogarty
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  • Screenwriting

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