YAWP Summer Writing Fellowship

GrubStreet's Teen Summer Writing 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 and 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. 

Applications for Summer 2021 are Now Closed

Program

The Teen Summer Writing 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 $625 upon completing the program and successfully completing its requirements.

The YAWP Fellowship is by application only and 20 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. Students learn techniques in all genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. And no matter their favorite genre, they’re expected to try any and all writing techniques covered in the program. Students are also encouraged to fuse genres and explore sub-genres like sci-fi/fantasy, verse novels, speculative fiction/magical realism, mystery, romance, and whatever their imagination calls for. This program is rooted in artistic exploration and learning how to commit to their art no matter where life takes you.

Note: Due to COVID, it is likely that part or all of the 2021 Teen Writing Fellowship will be held remotely. The 2020 program was also remote, and it was still a huge success! The information below applies to the in-person version of the program; however, if we go remote, comparable benefits will be provided before, during, and after the three-week program.

When: Mondays through Fridays, July 12th - July 30th, 2021

  • 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 live and in-person fellowship reception and showcase will be scheduled when it is safe to gather again.

Who: All incoming 9th-12th graders in the greater 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 2021 to apply.) 

Where: GrubStreet Seaport location (if it is safe to gather; otherwise, it will be remote)

The program has these 3 elements:

  1. Generative: Writing from exercises in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and screenwriting.
  2. Workshopping: Learning how a traditional workshop works, learning how to give and receive feedback.
  3. Learning About the EDITING/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 $625 stipend for their three-week commitment to learning about writing. Payment of the stipend is contingent on being on time, attending all of the sessions, and meeting fellowship requirements. 

The Application Process

Once the application period opens, each student must upload in their online application the following documents:

  • 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 academic essays).
  • Personal Statement (no more than 600 words) -- Answer the question: 

    In your opinion, what is the purpose of creative writing in your own life and in the world as a whole?

  • The online application will also ask for the following information:

    •     Your name, contact information, and high school name.
    •     Your parent/guardian name, contact information
    •     A teacher/mentor name, contact information
    •     Your demographic information (optional)

    Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 23rd at 11:59pm

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER the deadline. No changes can be made to submissions after they have been received. 20 students will be chosen to participate with a short list of alternates. Any updates or additional information will be posted to this site, as appropriate. Students will be notified by Friday, March 19th, 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 Summer 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.

 

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