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

Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP): Writing Lessons From John Green

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  • $0.00 Non-Member
  • $0.00 Member

Class Description

“I really think that reading is just as important as writing when you’re trying to be a writer because it’s the only apprenticeship we have, it’s the only way of learning how to write a story.” — John Green

Attention Nerdfighters! (Or all writers who love a good story and want to spend the day writing and talking about writing with fantastic fellow creatives!)
What does it take to develop a compelling, trustworthy, and authentic narrative voice? How does that narrative voice direct and shape a story? This Saturday afternoon course will equip young writers to thoughtfully engage the complicated and essential craft discipline of narrative voice. “Voice” is defined by the unique sensibility and worldview of a writer. Voice is a direct offshoot of an original perspective that compels and connects to readers in a special way.
For one afternoon, we merry and intrepid writers will band together and thoughtfully ask these questions utilizing specific excerpts from a few of John Green’s most popular novels (The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, and Looking for Alaska). Green is not only a master storyteller but infuses his novels with a particular “voice” style. Students will generate new material catalyzed by in-class prompts and individual writing time; read and discuss novel excerpts and narrative techniques, as well as thoughtfully workshop and critique new material in small groups. I look forward to a great afternoon of reading, writing, discussing, debating, reflecting, and creatively geeking out with you!
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.
CLASS IS FULL! Please register for Slam Poetry!

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!