Wild About Writing?

Here are some writers to read, places to go, and magazines to submit to.

Fiction Writing

Card, Orson Scott. How to write science fiction and fantasy. 808.04203/Card 
Bauer, Marion Dane. Whatís Your Story? A Young Personís Guide to Writing Fiction. Y808.06/Bauer.
LeGuin, Ursula. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions On Story Writing. 808.02/LeGuin.


Dahlstrom, Lorraine. Writing Down the Days: 365 Creative Journaling Ideas for Young People. Y808.042/2000/Dahlstrom.
Leslie, Clare Walker. Nature Journaling. 508/1998/Leslie.
Mirriam-Goldberg, Caryn. Write Where You Are. Y808.042/Mirriam-Goldberg.
Stevens, Carla. A Book Of Your Own: Keeping A Diary Or Journal. J808.0669/Stevens 

Poetry Writing

Janeczko, Paul. How to Write Poetry. Y808.1/Janeczko.
Sears, Peter. Gonna Bake Me a Rainbow Poem. Y808.1/Sears.
Wooldridge, Susan. Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life With Words. Y808.1/Wooldridge.

Writing Tips

Fletcher, Ralph. How Writers Work. J808.02/Fletcher (in the Childrenís Room)
Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. 808.02/Goldberg.
Graham, Paula W. Speaking Of Journals: Children's Book Writers Talk About Their Diaries, Notebooks And Sketchbooks. J808.3 1999/Graham 
Kerr, M.E. Blood On the Forehead: What I Know About Writing. Y808.025/Kerr.
Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions On Writing and Life. 808.02/Lamott.
New Moon Writing: How to Express Yourself With Passion and Practice. J808.02/New. (in the Childrenís Room, but itís really for teens and has a list of magazines seeking teen writers)
Tchudi, Susan & Stephen. The Young Writer's Handbook. Y808.042/Tchudi 

Going Pro

Poetís Market. 070.5/2000/Poetís.
A guide to publications that accept poetry submissions.
Writerís Digest. Available in the Periodicals Department.
This magazine runs articles on improving your work and submitting it to publishers.
The Writerís Market. REF 808.02/Writerís (other editions available under the same call number in the circulating collection).
This is a guide to publications that accept various types of writing, both fiction and nonfiction.
Writer's Market Companion. 808.02/Feiertag 

Authors' Stories

Cohen, Joel H. R.L. Stine. Y B STINE, R.L. Cohen.
Crutcher, Chris. King Of The Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography. Y B CRUTCHER, C. Crutcher.
Dyer, Daniel. Jack London: a Biography. Y B LONDON, J. Dyer.
Fox, Paula. Borrowed Finery: A Memoir. B FOX, P. Fox.
Kerr, M.E. Me, Me, Me, Me, Me: Not A Novel. Y B KERR, M.E. Kerr.
Myers, Walter Dean. Bad Boy: A Memoir. Y B MYERS, W.D. Myers.
Nixon, Joan Lowery. The Making Of A Writer. Y B NIXON, J.L. Nixon.
Paulsen, Gary. Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet And The Brian Books. Y B PAULSEN, G. Paulsen.
Spinelli, Jerry. Knots In My Yo-Yo String : The Autobiography Of A Kid. Y B SPINELLI, J Spinelli.
Zindel, Paul. The Pigman & Me. Y B ZINDEL, P. Zindel.

A Poetry Bookshop

A bookstore that carries only poetry books and chapbooks (small pamphlet-like books) and has been visited by many famous poets over the decades. Youíll find announcements of writing contests and author readings at this store, as well as books and literary journals.

Grolier Poetry Book Shop
6 Plympton St.
Cambridge, MA (Harvard Square Red Line subway stop)
Monday-Saturday, noon-6:30 p.m.

Magazines for Teen Writers

The Apprentice Writer
Gary Fincke, Writersí Institute Director
Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, PA 17870-1001
The Apprentice Writer publishes writing and art by high school students (grades 9-12) from a thirteen-state area that includes Massachusetts. There is no payment and written submissions are not returned, but you and your teacher will receive copies of the journal if your work is accepted. Check the website for submission guidelines.

Merlynís Pen
P.O. Box 910
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Merlynís Pen is a national magazine for young adult writers (grades 6-12). If selected, your work will appear in the magazine and you will receive between $20 and $200, depending on the length of the piece. A $3.00 postage/handling fee should accompany your work so that the editors can send you a reply (more submission guidelines are included on the website). Fewer than 1% of all submissions are accepted for publication, so donít get discouraged!

Positive Teens
SATCH Publishing
P.O. Box 1136
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0010
1-877-78-SATCH (toll-free)
Positive Teens is a bimonthly magazine published by teens (ages 12-19) for teens. You may submit your work for publication or inquire about becoming a freelance school correspondent with PT. You must have a parentís or guardianís signature if you are under 18 and your work has been accepted for publication; more details are available on the website. Although the magazine is distributed internationally, most writers are from the Boston area.

Teen Ink
P.O. Box 30
Newton, MA 02461
Teen Ink is a national magazine, book series and website written by teenagers 13 to 19 years old. Their website offers a free issue and submission guidelines. We also have some sample issues in the Young Adult section of the main library.

Almost Like College

New England Young Writers Conference at Bread Loaf, VT

Gifford Hall
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

Gifted writers in grades 10 and 11 may apply to this program. Bread Loaf is an internationally-known writersí program and retreat which hosts the NEYWC every spring.

National Novel Writing Month

Write a novel in a month! November is novel writing month -- and your opportunity to join with thousands of others who are trying to write a 50,000-word novel in a month. Find out how to participate at www.nanowrimo.org/.

Young Adult Department
October 2004



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