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.
Please note: summer classes are still scheduled to take place in-person. However, we are continuing to monitor the situation. If any summer class does end up going remote, the class title will be updated to reflect that and any existing registered students will be contacted.
Vacation Week Classes
- April Week of Creative Writing (ONLINE) with Katytarika Bartel
Summer 2020 Weeklong Classes
June 29 to July 2:
July 6 to 10:
- July Week of Creative Writing Section A with Olivia Kate Cerrone
- All Things Sci-Fi and Fantasy with Stephanie K. Brownell
- Writing the Scary Sh*t: Horror & Ghost Stories with Marcella Haddad
- Pop Culture Blogging: Meaningful Criticism with Candace McDuffie
July 13 to 17:
- July Week of Creative Writing Section B with Stephanie K. Brownell
- Finding Story Ideas Through Conversation with Shalene Gupta
July 20 to 24:
- Week of Creative Writing: Prose, Poetry, and Graphic Novels with Gabe Novoa
- Writing a Bingeworthy Streaming Series with Mariona Lloreta
July 27 to 31:
- July Week of Creative Writing Section D with E.B. Bartels
August 3 to 7:
- August Week of Creative Writing Section A
- Disrupt the Present -- Activist Writing for Teens with Kayla Degala-Paraiso
- Storytelling Through Film with Mariona Lloreta
August 10 to 14:
- August Week of Creative Writing Section B with Asata Radcliffe
- Crush It! Reading and Performing Your Work with Dzidzor Azaglo
- Experimental Writing: Work that Defies a Single Genre or Form with Kayla Degala-Paraiso
August 17 to 21:
- August Week of Creative Writing Section C with Chalene Riser
- Discovering Queer Voices and Writing Our Stories with Gabe Novoa
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.