Teen Summer Writing Courses

In classes ranging from 1 to 2 weeks, GrubStreet's Summer 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


Summer 2019 Weeklong Classes

Just two weeks left! (But don't worry, we have Saturday programs starting in September.)

August 12th-August 16th

Talking Back Through Writing with Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah

- Monday to Friday, August 12th-August 16th 10:30am to 3:30pm

Hip Hop + Poetry with JR Mahung

- Monday to Friday, August 12th-August 16th 10:30am to 3:30pm

August Week of Creative Writing, Section B with Porsha Olayiwola

- Monday to Friday, August 12th-August 16th 10:30am to 3:30pm

August 19th-August 23rd

Submission Bootcamp: Applying for Awards, Fellowships, and Publications with Marcella Haddad

- Monday to Wednesday, August 19th-August 21st 10:30am to 3:30pm

Storytelling with Dungeons & Dragons with Ethan Gilsdorf (FULL)

- Monday to Friday, August 19th-August 23rd 10:30am to 3:30pm

Designing Characters: Heroes, Villains, and Everything In Between with Vero González

- Monday to Friday, August 19th-August 23rd 10:30am to 3:30pm

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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.