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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)
  • 6 Weeks

YA/MG Writing Group: Dropping the Mac and Cheese

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  • $170.00 Non-Member
  • $150.00 Member

Class Description

This is a facilitated writing group designed for accountability and community building. An instructor will be present to facilitate and offer general guidance, but this is not a writing class, and it won’t involve craft lessons or in-depth feedback on your writing. Please check out our hundreds of writing class offerings for those features! These groups are a great option for anyone who’s at work on a project and looking to set aside some time each week to make progress on their writing and connect with others.

Do you understand the angst of a dropped plate of mac and cheese in the middle school cafeteria? A spell gone wrong in AP Hexing? A doomed romance in a climate-change wasteland? If you live and breathe in the MG/YA universe, and need to commit some time each week to your work-in-progress, then this is the group for you.


In each session, you'll devote uninterrupted writing time to your MG or YA novel—no “the dog ate my homework” excuses! Then, you’re off to study hall (well, breakout rooms) with your fellow writers to share your work—troublesome pages, query letters, synopses, etc.—giving and receiving on-the-spot feedback. We’ll also chat about books, the writing process, the MG/YA industry, etc. Come spend dedicated time with your work-in-progress and connect with other writers in our genre.

Please note: This group will not meet April 15th.

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!