Special Note:

How Will AI Change Writing?—Join our FREE Writers' Stage event "Writing for Change: Exploring The Question of AI" next Wednesday 4/17.

Register Today mdi-close
Skip to Content

Welcome!

If this is your first time on our new site, please !

Log-In

Forgot your password?

Don't have a Grub profile?

Enter your email and we'll send you directions on setting (or resetting) your password.

Submit

Wait, I remembered! Let me .

Enter your email and a password. We'll send you an activation link in an email.

Create your account here. Later you can fill out your full profile.

Sign-Up

Nevermind. I just need to .

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

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Make Believe: Using Imaginary Creatures In Your Writing

No Longer Enrolling

  • $0.00 Non-Member
  • $0.00 Member

Class Description

This class will be hosted remotely! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! 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 via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

Class Description: To quote Octavia E. Butler “Don’t worry about imagination. You have all the imagination you need… Play with your ideas. Have fun with them. Don’t worry about being silly or outrageous or wrong… It’s first letting your interests and your imagination take you anywhere at all. Once you’re able to do that, you’ll have more ideas than you can use.” The emphasis of this session is on brainstorming - and then refining - your own unique interests and ideas, and on accessing the Narnia already in your imagination. We will discuss what makes a compelling and memorable imaginary creature and read short excerpts from a diverse body of fantasy writers, both contemporary (like N.K. Jemisin, Holly Black, Rebecca Roanhorse & George R.R. Martin) and from the past (like Homer, Mary Shelley, J.R.R. Tolkien). We will explore our creature’s intricacies and possibilities by free writing with multiple writing prompts, and at the end share some of our work with our fellow classmates, if we wish.

Takeaways: By the end of the session, students will walk away with at least one unique, fleshed-out fantastical character ready to enter your creative work. You will leave inspired and ready to take off on your writing broomstick.

Who Should Register?
For writers ages 13 - 18 ONLY. Writing notebooks are available, but feel free to bring your own.


Remember, parents/guardians must also complete this permission form online before the start of the class. Otherwise, registrations could be voided and the cancellation policy will apply. If the student is 18, simply let us know at [email protected]

*If you are registering on behalf of your teen, add their email information in the “For a Friend or Child?” field on the right-hand side of the screen before you check out. This will send them a direct link and reminder to create their own profile with GrubStreet.

(After adding the class to your cart, click “Checkout” and click “Add” next to “For a Friend or Child?” on the right-hand side to fill in their email. This is an easy way of linking the class to your child and encourages them to create their own account.)

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!