Books for Teen Writers
Revision as of 00:55, 4 February 2009 by Mdickens
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.
- 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
- A Teen's Guide to Getting Published: Publishing for Profit, Recognition, and Academic Success, by Jessica and Danielle Dunn. Talks about the craft of writing, how to get good feedback on your writing, and gives info about freelancing and getting published in other ways.
- Your Name in Print : a Teen's Guide to Publishing for Fun, Profit, and Academic Success, by Elizabeth and Timothy Harper.
Teens as Writers
- 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.