Resources For Young Writers

Young Writers Resources, Strategies and Tools

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If you're a young author who wants to learn more about writing your own stories, or a parent who's child or grandchild is interested in writing, the Resources here offer links to numerous author and writing sites filled with information on most aspects of writing.

"You know how it is in the kid's book world; it's just bunny eat bunny."

General Resources

Aaron Shepard’s Young Authors Page
Resources for young authors from award-winning author Aaron Shepard.

Blue Zoo Writers
The Blue Zoo offers a range of tips and materials for young writers, including over 1,000 core articles on writing skills and competencies. A lot of writing ideas, tips, and more for middle school and young teen writers.

Literary 'zine by and for girls (ages 7-17).

Kids of any age can play games, write stories, learn and interact.

Fern's Poetry Nook
Young kids can create and publish poems, play games and more...

Giggle Poetry
Lots of funny poems, poetry contests, and more.

Created in 1995 as a safe, fun place for kids to improve their writing skills by sharing their stories, poems, reviews, and other creative writing with a worldwide audience. Also offers an author forum.

A site for kids 16 or under to read stories and poems by other young authors and/or submit their own writing for publication on the site.

Lightening Bug
"Lightning Bug has been deliberately written with a focus on fostering inspiration, finding voice, developing structure and encouraging an interest in writing. The site is intended to be a writing companion and a resource to draw on as you craft a narrative."

Merlyn's Pen
A literary magazine for and by young writers.

My Story Maker
My StoryMaker lets you control characters and objects - and creates sentences for you!

New Moon Publishing
Written and edited by and for girls age 8-14

For the young poet - a place to learn, read, publish poems and have fun.

Skipping Stones
A publication for youth that accepts "art and original writings in every language and from all ages."

Stone Soup
Stone Soup is the print magazine written and illustrated by young writers and artists. It is the leading publisher of creative writing by children ages 8 to 13.

Story Spinner Online
The Online Story Spinner from writing instructor Bonnie Neubauer offers millions of ideas to get people writing. When users click on the Story Spinner, they get a starting phrase, a setting and four words that must be included in the story.

Writers Circle Workshops
The Writers Circle is more than a place to take a class. It is a community joined by the love of writing.

Young Authors and Artists Group
Membership site that provides resources on how to write, illustrate and get published. Offers interviews with published authors and illustrators, contests and more.

Young Poets Canada
Lots of resources for young and beginning writers.

Young Writers Magazine
An independent online magazine. In addition to showcasing young writers before a large international audience, we connect teens interested in literature and art with input and wisdom from adults already in the established literary scene,

Young Writers Online
This community for young authors offers one forum for submitting your work for critique and one forum for general conversation about the craft.

Especially For Teens

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A+ Research & Writing
Writing and research resources for high school and college students.

David Barr Kirtley
Teen writers Science Fiction & Fantasy resources.

Figment is a community for older teens where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors.

Read Write and Imagine
Read stories by other teens and post your own. Also a forum to share ideas.

Sweet Designs Magazine
Written by & for teen girls & young adult women, ages 13 - 25. Accepts writing of all genres, including original fiction.

Teen Ink
Forums, magazine, story submissions, reviews and more...

Teen Lit
Literacy and writing site for teens. Many resources and opportuities.

Teen Writer's Club
A site for teen writers around the world, with articles, opportunities to post your work, and more.

Pairs girls in grades 9-12 with practicing writers through monthly workshops.

Writing Classes and Workshops

Brian Evans Jones
Creative Writing classes for children 7-12.

The Writer's Workshop
The Writers' Workshop (run by the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois offers a free grammar handbook that explains basic grammatical rules. The handbook is easy to read, complete and accurate.

Writing Tips From the Masters
This is a great compilation of "Tips from Masters" including Zadie Smith, Elmore Leonard, Jack Kerouac, Billy Wilder, Kurt Vonnegut, P.D. James and more.

Publisher of award-winning professional dramatists and talented new discoveries, each with an original theatrical voice, and all dedicated to expanding the vocabulary of theatre for young actors and audiences. Also offers a playwriting workshop for young writers.

Grammar and Reference Websites

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It's essential to learn grammar and spelling: They're boring, but necessary. Don't expect the computer to catch everything. A sentence like: There, they're their own worst enemy, can give even the smartest computer a migraine. For that matter, so could: It's its own worst enemy. So don't scrimp on learning what you need to know...

The AutoCrit Editing Wizard can check writing for grammar errors, clichés and other no-no's. AutoCrit also provides a number of other writing resources as well.

Chomp Chomp
This website provides 'grammar instruction with attitude.' The site's 'grammar bytes' include grammar rules, handouts, interactive exercises, videos and definitions to common grammar terms.

Grammar Girl
Grammar Girl, offers up a wealth of quick and dirty grammar tips for better writing. The tips are available in a blog and a free podcast, and readers can submit their own burning grammar questions.

Grammar and Punctuation
Answers and advice for all of your grammar and punctuation questions.

Guide to Grammar and Style
Jack Lynch's Guide to Grammar and Style is an indispensable resource for young authors. The guide explains grammar rules in detail and provides valuable usage suggestions..

Merriam-Webster's online dictionary and thesaurus is easy to use and guaranteed accurate. Other site features include a Word of the Day, podcasts, word games and free downloads.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab is a wonderful place to learn all of the various rules of grammar and usage

Children's Writing Markets

Getting published doesn't necessarily mean getting your novel published by a big time publishing house. That's difficult under any circumstances, and big time publishing houses these days are struggling the same as many other industries. An excellent way to get your name in print is with magazines, ezines and online websites that accept submissions from young writers.

All Frelance Writing
Directory of paying freelance writers’ markets. You can browse the writers’ markets by category below or search them if you’re looking for something specific.

Colossal Directory of Children's Publishers
Direct links to hundreds of children's publishers' submission guidelines, plus how-to information about childrens writing and getting published.

Easy Way to Write
Writing for Children - Markets

Educational Markets for Children's Writers
Ev Christensen's page of links to publishers of educational material, including children's book publishers.

Eugie Foster's Page: Children's Markets
Children’s market information and writing resources.

A site where teen authors can submit their work, review others' work and if they're lucky, have their work read by a HarperCollins editor. Teens can also discuss books, authors, etc.

Markets For Young Writers
If you're looking for somewhere to publish your work you'll find plenty of markets to choose from here.

Lists publishers worldwide, including 990 children's publishers.

Teen Ink
This national teen website (and magazine) counts on submissions from young writers to fill their pages. Writers must be between the ages of 13 and 19 to be considered, and there are also community forums to which any teenager can submit work for peer review.

Writers For Childrens Magazines
Magazines and markets for children's stories.

Writer's Write
Links to online writer's guideline database for children's writers markets.


"The most important advice I would suggest to beginning writers: Try to leave out the parts that readers skip.
~Elmore Leonard

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