With a group of ambitious teens in one of my co-op writing classes, I am constantly on the lookout for opportunities for them to stretch their creative wings. If you have a young person who likes to write, here are a few outlets you might consider:
Writing Conferences – Sometimes writing conferences, such as Write2Ignite!, offer workshops for teens as well. This month, the classes at Write2Ignite! will be taught by author Vonda Skelton and graphic novelist Chris Schweizer. They’ll cover everything from creating characters, plotting your story, writing good dialogue, and illustrating your own graphic novel.
Publications - There are several publications both online and in print that are looking for teen authors. Here are a few of them:
- DevoKids.com – This online devotional site for children features devotionals, recipes, and articles written by both adults and students.
- Devozine – A devotional print magazine is written for teens – by teens. Students may submit devotions and poetry based on a theme.
- New Moon Girls – This print magazine for girls features articles, stories, and artwork by girls ages 8 and up. Issues center around a theme.
- Skipping Stones – An international magazine for students ages 8 – 16, Skipping Stones features essays, stories, letters to the editor, proverbs, and riddles, as well as artwork and photography.
- Stone Soup – Written by kids, this features poetry, fiction, book reviews, and artwork by students up to age 13.
- TeenInk – This magazine and website work with teens to publish their writing, art, and photos.
Self-Publishing - This year, some of my students participated in National Novel Writing Month. So, after a few more months of polishing their work, we’re going to self-publish them.
- Lulu.com – This is the site we’re going to use. It’s simple to do, and we can keep the books as a private project so only family and friends can order them.
- CreateSpace.com -This is Amazon’s self-publishing company and easy to use as well.