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

Teen Summer: Novel Writing Bootcamp for Teens (REMOTE)

No Longer Enrolling

  • $475.00 Non-Member
  • $450.00 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!


Depending on the instructor, there will be a mix of large and small group activities as well as some online and offline work time with plenty of breaks in between to recharge. As with any YAWP class, students will be encouraged to stretch themselves and to also express their pacing needs to the instructor, in case adjustments are necessary. Instructors almost always have a variety of writing assignments to suit a wide variety of comfort and experience levels. If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

*Note: Parents/guardians must complete this permission form online if your teen is under 18.* Unlike previous forms, you only need to fill this 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 the form, registrations could be voided and the cancellation policy will apply. If the student is 18, simply let us know at [email protected]


Class Description:

Have you dreamt novel dreams but always felt too intimidated to start? Are you in the middle of writing your novel but feeling stuck? Take heart, this class is for you! We’ll cover the basic elements of novel writing: plot, character, setting and theme. We’ll spend some time talking about what makes good scenes (hint: it’s all about the conflict). Finally, we’ll wrap up with some tips on the writing life: everything from how to finish your novel to what it takes to get published. We’ll also have a published novelist drop in to answer any questions you might have on writing and publishing. Each day will feature a craft lesson as well as writing sessions where students can work on their own novel. Students will also get the chance to sign up for one-on-ones with the instructor to discuss their project and get feedback. For writers age 13 - 18 ONLY.


Takeaways:

By the end of class you’ll have a plot treatment, a description for protagonists, the first few pages of a novel (depending on how fast you write), and a plan for finishing it.


Scholarships:
Classes marked as “full” can still have scholarship spots available. So apply!
GrubStreet is happy to be able to offer some full scholarships for our teen writing camps. Please wait to hear from our Scholarship committee before registering for the class, as scholarships cannot be applied retroactively. Scholarships are distributed on a rolling basis, right up to 48 hours before class start. However, the sooner you apply, the better your chances of receiving a scholarship.


Who Should Register?
For writers ages 13 - 18 ONLY.


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!