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.

All the classes below will be held at GrubStreet HQ:
162 Boylston Street, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02116

Sign up now for our February and April Vacation Creative Writing Weeks:

February Week of Creative Writing with Quentin Lucas

April Week of Creative Writing with Katytarika Bartel

Summer 2020 Weeklong Classes have now been posted!

June Week of Creative Writing

July Weeks of Creative Writing: Section A, Section B, Section C, Section D

August Weeks of Creative Writing: Section A, Section B, Section C

Novel Writing Immersion Week

All Things Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Disrupt the Present -- Activist Writing for Teens


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.