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, and enjoy cool writing exercises, mingling with fellow young writers, snacks, and an optional open mic. YAWP has been recognized by the The Boston Globe as Boston's hub for writing teenagers. 

2017 YAWP FREE Saturday Session Information

All students MUST register in advance. We offer three sessions of classes each YAWP Saturday: from 12 PM to 3:30 PM, with a 30 minute break for socializing and lunch (we'll provide snacks, but you are encouraged to bring your own lunch), followed by an open-mic reading from 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM.

Fall 2017 Schedule

Fall Classes:

Mark your calendars!

September 30th

Warm-up for National Novel Writing Month! (NaNoWriMo) with Anneli Matheson

Finding Story: Using Pixar's Storytelling Strategies with Sean van Deuren 

Banishing Writer's Block with Lara Wilson

October 21st

Publishing Your Short Work: Submission Tips to Get Your Work Out There! with Jonathan Escoffery

Playwriting for Drama Queens and Kings with E.B. Bartels

Slam Poetry with Regie Gibson

November 18th

Writing the Risky Personal Narrative with Ethan Gilsdorf 

Mystery in Fiction with Sean van Deuren (link to course description coming soon)

Writing Inspired by Found Objects with E.B. Bartels (link to course description coming soon)

December 9

Writing on the Edge of Our Seats with Katie Bayerl

Poetry as Witness with Ashley Wong

Slam Poetry with Regie Gibson

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. YAWPer Melissa Saunders, besides running her own ‘zine, now has her own column in The Weekly Dig.        

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 teachers’ ideas. If you’re shy, that’s okay — we don’t make students read work they don’t want to. 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 composition books, 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.

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. 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 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 generous support of the Boston Globe Foundation, Foley Hoag Foundation, Mount Washington Bank in South Boston, Clipper Ship Foundation, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and donors like you.