Teen Summer Classes
GrubStreet's Summer Teen Writing Classes encourage young writers aged 13 - 18 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.
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.
Summer 2021: More Community, Scholarships, & Screenless Options
Teen classes are remote through the summer and will take place from 10:30 - 3:30pm! We’ve heard from YAWPers that they’re feeling a little Zoomed out lately, so GrubStreet has put together an entire catalog of summer remote teen classes that provides a balance of creative writing craft sessions and exercises with plenty of optional components so you can take screen breaks whenever needed.
Each morning, class sessions will feature a virtual craft talk or group exercise. On Monday and Wednesday afternoons, you’ll have optional class meetings that could consist of anything from silent group writing with music, book clubs/silent reading parties, visits from special guest instructors, group movie viewing with Q&A about craft techniques, virtual field trips to museums, online writing games, and anything else students request!
On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, all YAWP classes happening during any given week will come together for a large group writing or craft session on topics related to writing and artistic life led by rotating YAWP instructors.
Plus, we’ll end each week with an optional open mic and milestone celebration to cheer our accomplishments. This means that every YAWPer taking a class in a given week will have multiple chances to come together as a larger group and learn from instructors and students beyond their own classroom.
Take a look below to see all of our summer classes and be sure to check back here as we’re adding even more to the schedule in the coming weeks. As always, scholarships are available for every single class below and are super easy to apply for.
July 26th to July 30th
July Week of Creative Writing D with JR Mahung
Embracing the Strange: Works that Bend Genre and Form with Marcella Haddad
August 2nd to August 6th
August Week of Creative Writing A with Marcella Haddad
TEEN Writers' Bootcamp: Writing Your Novel with Katie Bayerl
Writing Our Joy: Creative Writing Delights in a Chaotic World with Dzidzor Azaglo
August 9th to August 13th
August Week of Creative Writing B with Stephanie K. Brownell
Teen Writers’ Bootcamp: Writing for Film with Mariona Lloreta
Week of Writing Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Magical Realism with Marcella Haddad
August 16th to August 20th
Flash Fiction for Fun & Profit with Marcella Haddad
Writing Horror that Runs Deep with Peter Medeiros
Writing Cinematic and Compelling Short Stories with Ulya Aviral
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.