Posts Categorized: WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS

  • ONLINE Workshop: Writing a Picture Book

    Picture books for children are poems with pictures. They can be hysterically funny. They can bring a family memory to life. Maria Popova describes picture books as “stories that tackle with elegant simplicity such complexities as uncertainty, loneliness, loss, and the cycle of life.” What makes a story one that children will love?  What are…

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  • The Way We Write

      Pugs, Merengue, Dolce & Gabbana   By Terry Farish      In a first draft, the one that makes me cry over some truth I’ve finally seen, for a flashing moment, I am sun god. I am sloppy and haphazard in my journal keeping, but my journals are invaluable to me when I go…

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  • A Page Before Midnight – Writing Prompts

    Everybody has a story and it’s made up of moments – this moment – of a story. These prompts are about a moment. Scribbles on a page. (I do mine really early in the morning, but if you’re a teen, you might do yours on the phone in the dark late at night.) These are…

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  • Juan Takes His Turn – JabberWalking with Juan Felipe Herrera

    He calls a poem a burble. A writing pad is a paperbag, or a newspaper, periodico, or whatever you want it to be. All that matters is that you hurry, hurry, hurry. And write down whatever you see in the world. What you hear, what you taste, What you love.