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 2017 YAWP Fellowship Application period has now closed. (They 2018 application will open in the middle or end of January 2018.) Students should still look into our FREE Saturday programs to keep those writing muscles warmed up!


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 (almost doubled from last year!) upon completing the program. 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.

2018 Details (application will open in mid to late January 2018)

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 pass) is also provided upon request.
  • 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.

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.


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.

How to Apply

*Note: The 2017 application period is now closed. Please check the website periodically for more information about the 2018 application. The requirements will be the same as listed below. So you can start preparing your work now.*

A few months before summer begins the application will be uploaded. 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 750 words) -- Answer the question: What role has creative writing played in your life?

Please email ren@grubstreet.org with any questions.

Deadline: NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER Friday, March 17, 2017 at 5pm. 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 by Friday, April 7th. Any updates or additional information will be posted to this site, as appropriate. 


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.