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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Teen (13–18)
  • YAWP/Teen

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Healing Through Words: A Poetry Workshop for Wellness

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  • $0.00 Non-Member
  • $0.00 Member

Class Description

Class Description:

In times of challenge and transformation, words have an extraordinary power to heal and bring solace. Join our nurturing and therapeutic poetry workshop designed to explore the profound connection between writing and wellness. In this class, we will embark on a journey of self-expression and healing through the art of poetry. We will draw inspiration from contemporary poets such as Jose Olivarez, Susan Nguyen, and many more who skillfully and compassionately share their own personal experiences through verse.

Through guided readings and discussions, we will delve into the works of these poets, discovering how they utilize the medium of poetry to navigate the complexities of life, relationships, and the human condition. We will learn how they craft words to transform pain, grief, and joy into poetry that resonates with authenticity. Through reflective writing exercises, prompts, and peer discussions, you will have the opportunity to explore your own experiences, emotions, and narratives through poetry.

This workshop is open to all levels and genres of writers. All that's necessary is your willingness to embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing through the written word. In this safe and supportive space, you will learn how to harness the therapeutic power of poetry to promote wellness, process emotions, and find solace in self-expression. Join us as we use the art of poetry to embark on a path of healing, self-discovery, and personal growth. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.

Takeaway:

Students will leave with a memoir style poem(s) that can be used for publication or a future collection.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session post-class.

Online Class Format--Sustainability and Community:

Based on student suggestions and to offer writers a sustainable learning experience, this YAWP weeklong provides a balance of craft sessions and exercises with plenty of optional components so that teens can take screen breaks as needed.

Each morning session will feature a craft talk or group exercise with your designated instructor, and in the afternoon you’ll have optional and lowkey meetings that could consist of:

  • Q&A chat with your writing instructor
  • Group writing with music
  • Reading party
  • Movie viewing followed by a chat about craft
  • Writing games
  • Open mic/sharing

Students are encouraged to self-advocate, opting out if they are fatigued or diving in if they want more creative activity. Either way, instructors will always be available to answer questions via email and/or Zoom chat!


Registration Instructions:

  • If the student is under 18, parents/guardians must complete this permission form online. You only need to fill this form out ONE TIME, NOT for every class. If you cannot remember whether you have already filled it out, please email [email protected] and we will check for you! If you do not complete this form, your registrations could be voided and the cancellation policy will apply.
  • If the student is 18, simply let us know by emailing [email protected].
  • If you are registering on behalf of a student, add their email in the “For a Friend or Child?” field on the right-hand side of the screen at check out. This will send them a direct link and reminder to create their own profile with GrubStreet.
  • Please register with your preferred name :)

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***If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at [email protected]. We’re looking forward to writing with you this winter!***

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!