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Rev up your writing resources

Posted by inkpop on November 9, 2009

With so much to learn about writing—and so many resources to help you succeed—where do you begin? From Websites to competitions, here are a few starting places …  Self-EditingCover

ONLINE WRITING RESOURCES AND NETWORKS

Curious about how to apply for a Seventeen internship? Looking to join a book club? Scouring for definitions of publishing-industry jargon like “galley” and “F.O.B.”? Score the answers (and then some) on Ed2010.com, the online community founded by a crew “magazine-editor wannabes” who’ve since actualized their publishing-industry dreams. With a bent toward the magazine world, Ed2010 also dishes resources about graphic design, book publishing, and blogs.

More online teen-writing resources: TeenInk, Teenreads.com, Readergirlz, Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and AbsoluteWrite.

LITERARY MENTORSHIP

Dave Eggers cofounded 826 National with the goal of helping young people to become better writers. The author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and the screenplay for Where the Wild Things Are launched the first 826 center in San Francisco in 2002, and with the aid of volunteers ranging from advertising copywriters to scientists, the nonprofit has grown to include hubs in Los Angeles, Brooklyn (New York), Chicago, Seattle, Ann Arbor (Michigan), and Boston. Tutoring, student publishing projects, scholarships, and workshops (need help writing your college entrance essay?) are some of the many services that 826 offers to students ages 6 to 18.

With the tagline “Mentoring the Next Generation of Women Writers Since 1998,” Girls Write Now is a community of literary leaders (including editors, novelists, journalists, and agents) that provides guidance, support, and opportunities for New York City’s underserved and at-risk high-school girls. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to empower girls to “develop their creative, independent voices, explore careers in professional writing, and learn how to make healthy choices in school, career, and life.”

BOOKS ABOUT WRITING BOOKS

Using helpful examples from Harry Potter and Twilight, award-winning fiction author Victoria Hanley covers the ins and outs of creative writing in Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write. The inspirational how-to guide includes insights from authors such as Lauren Myracle and T.A. Barron, and provides techniques and activities to help aspiring writers develop voice, characters, plot, and style.

More books about writing: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King and On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition (The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction).

WRITING CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo)? The annual event with the quirky acronym is a novel-writing challenge that invites authors to write an entire novel in just 30 days. Check out the organization’s Young Writers Program, which is targeted to writers up to age 17.

More writing competitions: Merlyn’s Pen, and a whole host of writing contests posted at Freelancewriting.com.

inkpop Forums topic: These resources are just the tip of the iceberg. What do you recommend for writers?

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