Write On!

Introduction

Find out how to write and how to get published, then enter our writing contest, in honor of National Poetry Month!

Internet Links
Daily Writing Tips
Learn how to write, one day at a time.
 
Figment: Write Yourself In
Figment has it all: a community of avid readers and writers, advice, quirky contests, and great style!
 
How to Get Published: A Quiz
Think you're ready to get published? Take this quiz and find out!
 
How to Publish Short Stories
Get your short stories published!
 
How to Write Rap Lyrics
It's more than just making up rhymes!
 
How To Write Your Own Manga
Let your favorite manga inspire your writing.
 
Internet Public Library: Creative Writing
A very practical list of resources for writers, including grammar handbooks, market guides, and associations for writers.
 
Publications for Young Writers
A list of magazines, with links, that publish work by teens.
 
Resources for Teen Writers: Writing Workshops
Like writing science fiction or fantasy? Check out these writing workshops around the country for teens interested in writing speculative fiction. Also includes info on general summer writing programs for teens.
 
Skipping Stones
An international and multicultural magazine for youth with stories, articles and photos from all around the world.
 
Teen Fire
A popular section of this social network is the Writers Forum section where writers (13 and up) can post their work for feedback. There are also contests, book giveaways, and opportunities for teens to connect with editors and authors.
 
Teen Ink
A magazine written completely by teens.
 
Writing with Writers
Get advice from writers themselves on how to write a book review, a myth, a news story, and more.
 
Youth Communication
Publishes magazines, books and newsletters with true stories by teens.
 
Print Resources

Seeing the Blue Between : Advice And Inspiration for Young Poets
compiled by Paul B. Janeczko
811 S
Advice for aspiring poets including "break a few rules", and "read, read, read!".

Borrowed Names : Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and their Daughters
Jeannine Atkins
Poems about three influential women who lived at the same time, and the impact they had on their daughters.
 
Falling Hard : 100 Love Poems by Teenagers
Poems on love from straight, gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual teens.
 
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf : A Choreopoem
Ntozake Shange
Now a popular film, read the original poems that passionately express what it is to be of color and female in the 20th century.
 
For Those About to Write : How I Learned to Love Books and Why I Had to Write Them
Dave Bidini
Tips from an established author for new writers.
 
Love and Longing : A Collection of Classic Poetry and Prose
ed. Kate Agnew
A collection of love poems to make you or your beloved swoon!
 
Novel & Short Story Writer's Market
Essential for writers who want to get published, this directory includes descriptions of thousands of literary journals and magazines, names of editors, and much more.
 
Paint Me Like I Am
WritersCorps
In this compilation from WritersCorps (a national program that brings creative writing into the lives of youth in economically deprived neighborhoods), teens express their thoughts about race, drugs, abuse, and self-image in these expressive, honest and often raw poems.
 
Think Again
JonArno Lawson
Four-line poems tell stories of first love.
 
Write Where You Are : How to Use Writing to Make Sense of Your Life : A Guide for Teens
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
Get tips on how to write, and revise, your work.
 
You Hear Me? : Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys
ed. Betsy Franco
More than fifty teen boys from around the country write about identity, love, envy, anger and hope in powerful, uncensored poems and essays.
 
Your Own, Sylvia : A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath
Stephanie Hemphill
Using the voices of people who knew this tortured, modern poet, Hemphill captures the life of Sylvia Plath chronologically through original poetry that is reminiscent of Plath's style.
 
More Information
This month-long celebration of the cherry blossom season culminates in Sakura Matsuri, a Japanese cultural festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 30 - May 1.
 
Celebrate Earth Day with nature games, educational activities, performances, and crafts on April 23 and 24.
 
 
Urban Word at Brooklyn Public Library
Participate or cheer on your friends in this monthly open mic for teens. Wednesdays April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6 at the Central Library, 5-7pm.