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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.

  • 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.
  • What It Is, by Lynda Barry. This artist explores creativity - with powerful memories, great exercises and prompts - all told in a visually rich way.
  • 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.
  • 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.