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*[http://166.61.234.92/search/t?red+the+next '''''Red: the Next Generation of American Writers--Teenage Girls-on What Fires up their Lives Today'''''], edited by Amy Goldwasser. Nearly sixty teenage girls from across the country create a rich portrait of their lives as teen girls in America, revealing their complicated inner lives, humor, hopes, struggles, thrills, and obsessions.
 
*[http://166.61.234.92/search/t?red+the+next '''''Red: the Next Generation of American Writers--Teenage Girls-on What Fires up their Lives Today'''''], edited by Amy Goldwasser. Nearly sixty teenage girls from across the country create a rich portrait of their lives as teen girls in America, revealing their complicated inner lives, humor, hopes, struggles, thrills, and obsessions.
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*[http://166.61.234.92/search/t?write+where+you+are '''''Write Where You Are: How to Use Writing to Make Sense of Your Life, a Guide for Teens'''''], by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Expressing your feelings through writing can help you understand yourself better, follow your dreams, and get in touch.  This book has reasons for writing, ways to develop the habit, tips for revision, and ways to connect to other writers through groups, classes, and getting published.
  
 
Also check out the periodicals [http://166.61.234.92/search/t?teen+voices+magazine '''''Teen Voices'''''] and [http://teenink.com '''''Teen Ink'''''].
 
Also check out the periodicals [http://166.61.234.92/search/t?teen+voices+magazine '''''Teen Voices'''''] and [http://teenink.com '''''Teen Ink'''''].

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Books for teenage writers.


Many of these books have been profiled in meetings of Musings, the Crozet Library's teen writers' workshop, which meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm.

Improving Your Craft

  • Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly, by Gail Carson Levine. This popular author talks about her own inspirations and hints for improving your writing, and gives lots of really fun exercises and writing prompts to try. We've used this for more than a year in Musings.
  • Seize the Story, by Victoria Hanley. From freeing your imagination to chatting with successful YA authors, this book will guide you through exercises to perfect your writing - draft better characters, write better dialogue, create conflict and amazing plots.

Sparking Creativity

  • What It Is, by Lynda Barry. This artist explores creativity - with powerful memories, great exercises and prompts - all told in a visually rich way.
  • The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, by Chris Van Allsburg. This is a picture book that's great for inspiring stories - each page has an eerie or fantastic full-page illustration, a title, and one cliff-hanging opening line ...all designed to spark your imagination.

The Writing Business

Teens as Writers

Also check out the periodicals Teen Voices and Teen Ink.