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Teen Program

Young Adult Writer's Program

Calling all lovers of words–written, spoken, drawn, or performed on stage!

Come find your people! Join GrubStreet’s Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP), where high school students from all over the greater Boston area gather to craft their stories, share their ideas, and cheer each other on! YAWP offers three types of programs: free Saturday writing sessions, Teen Writing Classes (during winter, spring, and summer vacations), and a three-week summer Teen Writing Fellowship .

Want to find out more about our teen programs? Join our YAWP mailing list for all the latest news, and read former teen fellow Ruth Ballard's blog on the GrubWrites about why Grub's teen programs have been so important to young writers like her.

Teen Summer Writing Classes Learn More

Our summer weeklong classes take place Mondays through Fridays from 10:30-3:30pm in-person at our beautiful new Center for Creative Writing or online via Zoom, so you can join the YAWP summer experience however you want! Scholarships are available and abundant for every single class.

Free Saturday Sessions Learn More

One Saturday each month, we offer FREE creative writing workshops on a wide variety of topics, led by our wonderful teen writing instructors. Join a group of likeminded teens to explore poetry, fiction, memoir, slam poetry, songwriting, playwriting, and much more!

Teen Summer Writing Fellowship Learn More

YAWP's Summer Teen Writing Fellowship immerses high school students in the writers' world of creative craft and publishing. During three intensive weeks at GrubStreet, teens work with published authors on original prose and poetry, meet with literary agents and editors, take field trips to inspirational locales like the ICA, and chat with popular contemporary authors. In the spirit of writers' residencies for adults, all teens will receive a $625 stipend for their commitment to the program and their time spent as working writers.

Weekly Writing Prompts

In need of some inspiration? Opt-in to receive weekly writing prompts and writing exercises (via email or snail mail, your choice)! These prompts are created especially for teens by YAWP instructors. Simply fill out this form. You can view all past writing prompts here.

If you have questions or need help selecting a course, please call (617) 675 9632, or email us at [email protected].

YAWP scholarships are made possible, in part, thanks to The Calderwood Charitable Foundation, The Vertex Foundation, The Linde Family Foundation, The Boston Public Library Foundation, The Mabel Louise Riley Foundation, Liberty Mutual Foundation, MassHousing, The 'Quin Impact Fund, The RBC Foundation, and donors like you.