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

Teen Writing Camp: So You Want to Write a Novel?

No Longer Enrolling

  • $225.00 Non-Member
  • $205.00 Member

Class Description

This National Novel Writing Month, get the support you need to write a novel … with style. We’ll begin in October with three sessions devoted to getting to know our characters and plot, exploring the worlds of our stories, playing with voice, and crafting a detailed novel outline. Expect lots of writing prompts, story maps, questionnaires, and other planning tools, as well as time to bounce your ideas around. By the end of the month, you’ll have everything you need to begin writing your novel. On November 1, NaNoWriMo officially begins, and we’ll kick into high gear, using class time to celebrate progress, solve sticky story challenges, and crank out words. Your goal is to have an entire draft of a novel (at least 55,000 words!) completed by November 30. This class is designed to support students who plan to dedicate November to writing a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month. Official enrollment in NaNoWriMo is encouraged but not required. To learn more about the program, visit

Grub Street is happy to be able to offer a limited number of full scholarships for our teen writing camps. To apply for a scholarship, please complete and submit this online form describing why you want to take the teen writing camp and detailing your financial need. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Friday, October 2nd at 12:00pm.

*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. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

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!