Teen Writing Courses

Are you a teen interested in writing poems and stories? Maybe you’re just beginning and want to try your hand at creative writing in a supportive but rigorous atmosphere, or maybe you’ve been filling notebooks with plays and rhymes for years. Either way, GrubStreet's teen classes are for you! Each class will read and discuss published short stories and poems, do writing exercises, talk about craft (the tools and techniques in poetry and fiction), and the writing process. For high school students only. 

Scholarships are available for all classes!

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

Summer 2018 Schedule

All classes are 10:30am to 3:30pm except when noted otherwise.

June 2018   

Week of June 25-29
Week of Creative Writing with Karina H van Berkum
So You Want to Write a Novel? with Sophie Powell
Week of Screenwriting and Filmmaking with Aviv Rubinstien

July 2018  

Week of July 9-13
Week of Creative Writing (Section A) with Sarah Green
Week of Fiction with Elena Britos

Week of July 16-20
Week of Creative Writing (Section B) with Ashley Wong
So You Want to Write a Novel? with Katie Bayerl

Week of July 23-27
Week of Creative Writing (Section C) with Laura Kiesel
Finding Poems in Unexpected Places with Ashley Wong

Week of July 30-August 3
Pick Up the Mic: Spoken Word and Slam with Priscilla Dzidzor Azaglo
Week of Creative Writing (Section D) with Maria Murriel
Week of Creative Writing (Section E) with Stephanie K Brownell
Week of Drama: Playwriting and Screenwriting with E.B. Bartels

August 2018 

Week of August 6-10
Week of Creative Writing (Section A) with E.B. Bartels
Week of Creative Writing (Section D) with Kelly Dalke
August Week of Sci-fi, Fantasy, Magical Realism with Jess Mann
Poetry II with Karina van Berkum, 2 to 5pm [Advanced Teen Class]* 

Week of August 13-17
Week of Creative Writing (Section B) with Paulina Reso
Week of Sci-fi, Fantasy: Focus on Made-up Languages with Marcella Haddad
August Week of Poetry with Lindsey O'Neill
Novel Writing II with Sophie Powell, 2 to 5pm [Advanced Teen Class]* 

Week of August 20-24
Week of Creative Writing (Section C) with D. Eric Parkison
Week of Fiction with Kelly Dalke
Week of Sci-fi & Fantasy: Focus on Worldbuilding with Stephanie K. Brownell
Fiction II with Katie Bayerl, 2 to 5pm [Advanced Teen Class]* 

Week of August 27-30
August Week of Creative Writing: Focus on Multi-dimensional Female Characters with Marcella Haddad
Week of Creative Writing + Mixed Media with Laura Boffa
Prep, Polish, Apply! Week of Portfolio Prep with Denise Delgado, Aug. 27-29 (3 days)

*For advanced teen classes, students must meet one of the following criteria

  • Has taken 4 or more YAWP Saturday classes
  • Has taken 2 or more Teen Summer or vacation week classes
  • YAWP Slam Team member (past or present)
  • GrubStreet Teen Summer Fellowship


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 Boston Foundation, and donors like you.