Teen Writers' Workshop

Posted by kacates on January 6, 2011

Don't forget that our monthly Teen Writers' Workshop is this coming Monday from 4:00 to 5:00, downstairs in the boardroom.  Come shake off the winter blahs with some writing prompts and games, along with a chance to share whatever you've been working on lately.  We'll have snacks and everything you need to get your creative juices flowing.  See you there!

Get your write on in November

Posted by kacates on November 3, 2010

I know we have a lot of teen writers out there, and November is full of great opportunities for you guys.  First off, is anyone else out there doing NaNoWriMo?  For those who have never heard of it, NaNoWriMo is a huge writing challenge that happens every November.  You can sign up for free online, and from November 1 through 30 you write like crazy until you've got at least 50,000 pages of a novel.  Quality goes out the window – the goal here is quantity and speed.  It's a great kick in the pants for those out there who, like me, keep saying they're going to write more but never get around to it.  And even though we're already a few days into November, it's not too late to sign up!

(P.S. – If you think this sounds like fun but aren't too sure about a 50,000-word goal when there are other important things like, you know, school to worry about, you can sign up for the Young Writers Program, which allows you to set a goal that works for you)

Another fun option for teen writers is the Young Adult Novel Discovery Contest 2010.  If you're over the age of 13 and have at least 250 words of an original young adult novel written, you can send them in for a chance at getting your entire novel read and critiqued by a literary agent, plus a free 10-week writing course.  Other winners might get free commentary on their submissions by editors at some of the biggest YA publishers, or a free copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults, by Regina Brooks.

And finally, even if you're not quite ready to try your hand at NaNoWriMo or a writing contest yet, don't forget there's always our Teen Writers' Workshop here at NPL!  Our next meeting is this coming Monday, November 8, from 4 to 5.  Bring whatever you're working on and come ready to do some fun exercises with fellow writers.

Writers' Workshop

Posted by kacates on October 8, 2010


Teen Writers' Workshop is meeting this coming Monday, October 11, from 4:00 to 5:00 in the board room.  Hope to see you there!


Six word memoirs

Posted by kacates on August 4, 2010

Anyone heard of Smith magazine's Six Word Memoirs?  It's pretty much what it sounds like – describe your life or an event in your life in exactly six words.  Here's one of mine as an example: Too much time spent reading? NO!

It sounds easy, but it can be ridiculously hard to sum up all your experiences in only six words.  Smith has published several books full of six word memoirs from both famous and ordinary people, including a version written entirely by teens, I Can't Keep My Own Secrets (which you can check out right here at NPL).  Now they've got a website at www.smithteens.com where you can post your own efforts and vote on what others have submitted.  Go check it out, and if you come up with any great memoirs of your own, I'd love to see them!

Writer's Workshop July meeting

Posted by kacates on July 7, 2010

All writers are invited to come to the second session of our summer Writers' Workshop: Fiction Fundamentals on Monday, July 12 from 3 to 4:30.  We'll be meeting in the board room for snacks, discussion, and some writing skills practice.  This meeting we'll be discussing the art of crafting believable and informative dialogue.  Hope to see you there!