Young Writers

Do you find yourself jotting down ideas for stories or dreaming of getting published one day? So many writers and illustrators got their start early in life, with the itch to create stories and draw pictures that communicate ideas and feelings. Why not you? Below are some helpful resources to feed your talent and support you as you move toward your goals.

Linda Sue Park has a section on her website dedicated to educating writers, of  any age. She shares her outline for creating novel structure,, an outline she borrows from Lois Lowry!

Meet young writers and poets on the Stone Soup Magazine Blog Find inspiration from others and submit your own work!

Since 1988, Skipping Stones has been a timely and timeless award-winning resource in multicultural and global education. The online magazine welcomes art and original writings in every language and from all ages.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)  is a fun, empowering approach to creative writing. The challenge: draft an entire novel in just one month. NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program takes that joyful, focused approach to creative writing and makes it accessible to young writers, educators, and families. 

Poetry Power! Newbery Honor-winning children's writer and poet Joyce Sidman provides poetry prompts, read-alouds, writing tips and more resources for children, parents and educators at

Wet Cement by Bob Raczka: "Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write!"

Jabberwalking by Juan Felipe Herrera: "A former United States Poet Laureate shares secrets about viewing the world from a poet's perspective, explaining how "jabberwalking" poets draw inspiration from everything they experience to express themselves in creative ways."

Limelight by Solli Raphael: "Limelight is a unique collection of slam poetry paired with inspirational writing techniques. With over 30 original poems in different forms, Raphael's work tackles current social concerns for his generation, such as sustainability and social equality, all while amplifying his uplifting message of hope."

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