FREE Saturday Sessions

Join GrubStreet’s Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP), a FREE creative writing workshop for Boston-area high schoolers. Our students come from a wide variety of high schools in the Boston area. We come together to geek out on writing/reading while mingling with fellow teen writers over snacks. There's an open mic at the end when reading is optional, and snaps and claps are always welcome. 

2019 YAWP FREE Saturday Session Information

All students MUST register in advance. We offer three sessions of classes each YAWP Saturday: from 12 PM to 4:00 PM, with a 30 minute break for socializing and lunch (on us!). We close every day together with a low-key open-mic reading from 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM.

February 9

*Bonus: This day's program will offer an optional 4pm information session on Tips for Applying to the 2019 Teen Summer Fellowship.* (Any teen can drop by for this half-hour info session, even if you're not attending YAWP Saturday classes.)

Writing Critters: Writing About Non-Human Animals with E.B. Bartels

Found! Writing about Lost Things with Zyanya Avila Louis

Artful Lies from Honest Truths with Maria Pinto

*New!!* February 23rd

YAWP Slam Collective: Slam Poetry for All with Lin Pang

March 2

Magical Realism Micro Stories with Kelly Dalke

Beautiful Compression: Turning Drafts into Sparkling Gems with Maria Pinto

YAWP Slam Collective: What's Your Story? with Lin Pang

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Characters Matter: Challenging the Stereotypes of a "Single Story" with Anneli Matheson

April 27

Scene Writing for Stage and Screen with Paloma Valenzuela

Weird & Wonderful: Imagery in Poetry with Karina van Berkum

Women in Fantasy with Marcella Haddad

YAWP Slam Collective: Poetry Out Loud with Lin Pang

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Camp NaNoWriMo Write-A-Thon Day! with Anneli Matheson

May 11

Inventing Magical Creatures with Marcella Haddad

The Politics of the Poetic Form with Michael Schermerhorn

Words I Wish I Didn't Write! with Dzidzor Azaglo

YAWP Slam Collective: Poetry Out of the Box with Lin Pang

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Writing the Revision Roadmap with Anneli Matheson

June 1

From Maya Angelou to Cardi B: Unapologetic Art with Dzidzor Azaglo

Writing the Utopia with Michael Schermerhorn

YAWP Slam Collective: Performance State of Mind with Lin Pang

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): 1 Class. 1 Draft. 1 Submission with Anneli Matheson

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Who are YAWPers?
Our students come from schools all over the Greater Boston area, and we all have one thing in common: we love to read and write creatively. Our program gets teens writing and the results speak for themselves. Our alumni have gone onto enroll college-level creative writing programs at such schools as Sarah Lawrence College and Brandeis University. YAWPers have also earned publication in various literary magazines and blogs like The Marble Collection.  YAWPers have also gone on to establish writing clubs at their schools and neighborhoods to help strengthen arts programs locally. 

What’s expected of me?
We ask that you come to YAWP ready to participate, think creatively, and work hard. We ask that you also respect your peers’ and instructors’ ideas. If you’re shy, that’s okay — we don’t make students read work they don’t want to. But we do encourage all YAWPers to stretch outside their comfort zone and make room for discovery! You may attend all of our events or just one of them, though we have plenty of students who come every month for an entire school year.

What do I need to bring? (Pencils? Paper?)
We’ll give you notebooks and pens. No homework. No need to bring a writing sample. Parents and guardians are always welcome to visit, though we ask them not to be in the classroom during writing. 

I’m in the 8th grade, but I really want to be a part of YAWP. Am I definitely excluded?
Generally, YAWP is intended for high school students. If you are just about to enter high school and would like to be a part of YAWP, please contact us directly by emailing programs@grubstreet.org, and we will see if an accommodation can be made. No guarantees, but let's chat about it.

Do I need to choose one genre to write for the entire year?
Absolutely not! We actually encourage our writers to try all the different genres offered throughout the year; we promise that it will make you a more well-rounded artist. Novelists interested in their narrator’s prose and characters’ dialogue have everything to gain from workshops in poetry or screenwriting or narrative nonfiction. We only ask that students remain in a single genre for their afternoon at Grub—in other words, please don't switch genres mid-workshop.

Okay, I’m going! Er, how do I get there?
All of our monthly sessions are held at GrubStreet Headquarters at 162 Boylston Street (5th floor) in Boston. 

Is YAWP any fun?
Don't ask us...ask our young writers.

“I learned that a whole story can be written in one sentence … and that there are teens like me who love writing as much as I do, which is cool.” 
— Jacqui G.
“Poetry can be anything.” 
— Anonymous
“Hearing other people’s works = inspiring” 
— Theresa K.
“I enjoy the whole experience – camaraderie, comedy, etc.” 
— Carter H.
“I wanted to write a memoir before I came here, and I found a great way to start it!” 
— Mia O.

YAWP Saturday Sessions 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.