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

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Exploring the Antihero in Fiction

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  • $0.00 Non-Member
  • $0.00 Member

Class Description

From Lolita's Humbert Humbert to Breaking Bad's Walter White, audiences are enthralled with a driven character on a very "bad" mission. This course will operate as both workshop and seminar, as we explore so-called “antiheros” in contemporary and canonized fiction. We will discuss what makes these characters compelling, then respond to writing prompts, with the goal of creating our own compelling characters. We will read/ listen to each other’s writing/ character sketches and offer helpful, well-intentioned critiques. We will engage with all of our in-class texts from the perspective of the writer-in-learning, whose main objective is to discover what s/he can use in her/his own work.
We will read works from authors such as:
Toni Morrison
Junot Diaz
Mary Gaitskill
Justin Torres
Tobias Wolff
Join GrubStreet’s Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP), a FREE creative writing workshop for Boston-area high schoolers. Our students come from a wide variety of high schools in the Boston area and enjoy cool writing exercises, mingling with fellow young writers, snacks, and an optional open mic. After four great years, YAWP has already been recognized by the Boston Globe as Boston's hub for writing teenagers. You must be 13-18 years to register.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

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!