YAWP Summer Fellowship

YAWP Summer Teen Fellowship

GrubStreet's Summer Teen Fellowship immerses high school students in the writer's life of creative craft and publishing. During three weeks at GrubStreet, teens work with published authors on original prose and poetry, meet with literary agents and editors, take field trips to inspirational locales like the ICA, and more. In the spirit of writers' residencies for adults, all teens will receive a stipend for their commitment to the program and their time spent as working writers. 

The application period for the Summer Teen Fellowship has closed. Check out our many other summer creative writing programs on our Teen Writing Classes page!

Program

The Summer Teen Fellowship is an intensive, three-week creative writing program for young writers. Through classes, workshops, and readings, students will generate new work, learn about the craft of writing, and gain knowledge of the writing/publishing world. In the tradition of adult writing fellowships, each student will receive a stipend of $500 upon completing the program and successfully completing its requirements. The YAWP Fellowship is by application only and only 18 students will be chosen to participate. YAWP fellowship recipients may only attend the fellowship every other year, once as an incoming freshman/sophomore and once as an incoming junior/senior.

When: July 9th-July 26th, 2018, Monday-Thursday from 10:00am-3:00pm.

  • Casual Friday writing sessions are optional.
  • Snacks are included each day.
  • Lunch is included each day.
  • If needed, transportation assistance (MBTA subway/bus pass) is also provided upon request. (Commuter rail passes are available on a case-by-case basis, depending on budgets.)
  • A fellowship reception and showcase is scheduled for July 26th from 6-8pm at the Boston Athenaeum (free and open to the public)

Who: All incoming 9th-12th graders in the Boston area with an interest in creative writing. (This means that you must be going into the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in Fall 2018 to apply.)

Where: GrubStreet Headquarters

The program has these 3 elements:

  1. Generative: Writing from exercises in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
  2. Workshopping: Learning how a traditional workshop works, learning how to give and receive feedback.
  3. Learning About the Writing/Publishing World: Learning about opportunities for writers during and outside of college, as well as the world of agents, editors, and the writing marketplace.

Still unsure if you should apply? Read about a past fellow's experiences here.

Stipends

In the spirit of adult writers' residencies, teen participants will be paid a $500 stipend for their three-week commitment to learning about writing. Payment of the stipend is contingent on attending all or nearly all of the sessions and meeting fellowship requirements. 

Complete the application here. 

[The 2018 application period is closed. The 2019 applications will open in January 2019. Also, there will be some FREE application prep sessions in the Fall of 2018 as part of Saturday YAWP. Keep checking the website for more details.]

The Application Process

Once the application period opens, each student must upload in their online application the following documents (these may be saved as a Word doc or PDF):

  • Creative Writing Sample (2-10 pages) which can include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays, screenplays, cross-genre or experimental work. This may include multiple pieces and/or genres (no school essays or journalism).
  • Personal Statement (no more than 600 words) -- Answer the question: What role has creative writing played in your life?

Please email ren@grubstreet.org with any questions.

Application Deadline: [The 2018 application cycle has ended. The 2019 applications will open in January 2019.]

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER the deadline. No changes can be made to submissions after they have been received. 18 students will be chosen to participate with a short list of alternates. All applicants will be notified via email a few weeks after the application deadline. Any updates or additional information will be posted to this site, as appropriate. Students will be notified by Friday, March 16th, 11:59pm.

No phone calls please. We cannot release any information prior to the deadline. Any updates/information will be listed on this page. 

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YAWP Teen Fellowships are made possible, in part, thanks to the Barr Foundation, the Boston Cultural Council, Esther B. Kahn Charitable Foundation, the Calderwood Foundation, the Highland Street Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, and donors like you.