If you’re interested in creative writing, then read on!
The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie is hosting an afternoon’s writing workshop for teenagers with the great Fleur Beale on Sunday the 28th of April. Places are very limited, so be in quick and email email@example.com – you can also visit their Facebook page for more information (time, cost etc.).
It’s well known that it’s very hard to get your book published. Some writers slave away for years before their first success, while some fortunate and talented people get published as teens. A little while ago we did an investigation into the teen publishing phenomenon, the result being this Top 10 list.
The article has also got some suggestions for websites for aspiring writers, so it’s well worth a read if you love writing.
Which reminds us, it’s just one month from Nanowrimo (”thirty days and nights of literary abandon”), where you get to attempt to write a novel in 30 days (while still keeping on top of NCEA).
Re-Draft is an annual writing competition for teenagers organised by the School for Young Writers in Christchurch, and it’s now on!
Entries close on the 30th of September, and the entry form for the competition is here. The best entries get published in the annual Re-Draft anthology (which gets named after one of the stories in the collection).
We have some previous years’ anthologies in the library.
If you’re reading a Melina Marchetta book for NCEA/school (or just because), you might be interested to hear (read) that she’s guest featuring on the blog Between the Lines over the next few days. She’s posting about her thoughts on her books, providing some background and insights into the characters. So far she’s written about Saving Francesca, and Looking for Alibrandi, but there’s more to come, so keep checking in with her.
Also, Froi of the Exiles is due out soon.
(Thanks to Kym, my personal MM RSS reader.)
This has nearly sold out; only a few places left. Hurry, hurry.
Dets: Saturday 13th August, 10-12pm, Wellington Central Library (mezzanine room, near Clarkes Cafe), $30.
To book: 04 387 3905 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellington City Libraries, The Children’s Bookshop and MacMillan Publishers announce
A Writing Master Class for Teenagers with John Marsden.
Best-selling Australian author and teacher John Marsden (author of the Tomorrow when the War Began series) will be presenting a writing class for young writers as a fund raiser for Christchurch.
Saturday 13th August 10am to 12pm, Wellington City Library, Victoria St. (Mezzanine Floor), for 13-18yr olds.
Cost $30 -at the request of John Marsden all proceeds will go to the Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.
Strictly limited to the first 30 people on a first come/first served basis- to book please contact the Children’s Bookshop, Shop 26, Kilbirnie Plaza, Kilbirnie, Wellington.
t: 04 3873905
f: 04 3873288
Fancy yourself as a bit of a writer?
Register now for a place at the Creative Writing Workshop, places are limited, so be quick about it.
28th July at Karori Library, 10 am – 3 pm, $40. Email email@example.com to book. For 13-18 year olds.
There is a Young Writer’s award for secondary school students (prize is $1,500, plus the kudos of winning your school a further $2,000).
Entries for the Young Writer’s award close on 31 May 2011.
Most interesting (from a teen blog perspective) is the Short Short Story competition they are running this year. Here at the teen blog we love short short stories, so we approve of this addition. The short short story competition runs from 25 April to 16 May and must be submitted through Facebook – note the closing date is different for this award, and don’t miss out! 150 words: no problem.
For more information, and to enter your story, visit the BNZ Facebook page (if you like them they’ll also send you alerts and updates about the competition).
ThumbScribes ‘is a platform for creating collaborative content. Co+Create haiku, poems, short stories, flash fiction, novellas, exquisite corpse and songs, real time or asynchronously with your computer, tablet, cell phone or even IM.’ It’s currently in beta, but you can join up and co-create (or ‘co+create’!) anything, really. See? What can it meeean?
Figment is “a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you’re into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels”, you can find it all at Figment – it’s like a social network for those that love to write or read original stories. Check out the contests, forums or blog while you’re there, or just oggle at how cool the webpage looks.
You never know… you could be discovered as the next Stephenie Meyer.
(Us folk here at Teen Blog are alway happy to receive your writing anytime too!)