Teen Vacation Weeks & Summer Writing Courses

In classes ranging from 1 to 2 weeks, GrubStreet's Teen Writing Classes encourage young writers to explore all different types of genres, topics, and styles of creative writing in the company of other teens who love words--written or spoken. Our instructors are published authors and/or performers who’ve been recognized with fellowships, residencies, and awards across the state, region, and nation. Collectively, YAWP instructors have hundreds of publications and honors in the literary world. They gather at GrubStreet to teach in a community-based culture that celebrates and supports writers of all ages and experience levels while keeping creative joy at the center. We take our art seriously, but ourselves, not so much.

Whether you’re writing to express yourself or you want to get published some day, come write with us. You set your own goals. We’ll share supportive tools to help you reach them. We give you space to write while we cheer you on like the proud writing geeks we are. Of course we have plenty of scholarships because a shortage of money shouldn’t hold back a passionate writer. And we always have free snacks around because, well, food is yummy.

YAWP is a teen-centered environment for high school students age 13 to 18.

NOTE: The general "Week of Creative Writing" classes, are usually taught by different instructors each week. So students can, if they wish, work with different artists throughout the summer without having to choose one specialty genre or focus. The content and style of each class is determined by the personality of instructor.

Summer 2020 Multi-Week Classes

Weekly Writing Escape for Teens Only: Weekend Edition (REMOTE) with Nihal Mubarak

  • Saturdays, July 11th to August 15th, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Weekly Writing Escape for Teens Only: Evening Edition (REMOTE) with Sara D. Rivera

  • Thursdays, July 16th to August 20th, 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Summer 2020 Weeklong Classes

June 29 to July 2:

July 6 to 10:

July 13 to 17:

July 20 to 24:

July 27 to 31:

August 3 to 7:

August 10 to 14:

August 17 to 21:


YAWP scholarships 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 Linde Family Foundation, and donors like you.