HOW DO I GET STARTED WRITING?
Pick up a pen or pencil or start typing! The best way to start is by writing down your ideas because you can’t do anything with a blank page. Most published writers wrote multiple stories and drafts of novels before getting published. It takes a lot of hard work. Read a lot in the genre you’re writing in so you can get a feel for what other writers are doing. Everyone started with that first story idea, even your favorite authors.
WHERE CAN I GET ADVICE ABOUT IMPROVING MY WRITING?
Most of your favorite writers will have a page on their websites with links and resources to help with this. You can also check out my Writing Resources page for links to writing organizations, advice articles, and book recommendations.
DO YOU OFFER MENTORING OR PRIVATE WRITING INSTRUCTION?
Yes! If you are interested in working with me one-on-one to improve your writing, have your parents email me at jessicacapelle (at) gmail (dot) com for more information.
CAN YOU READ MY WRITING AND GIVE ME FEEDBACK?
Unfortunately, I can only read student writing when I’m doing a workshop or private instruction. If you are interested in working with me one-on-one to improve your writing, I do offer private instruction. Have your parents email me at jessicacapelle (at) gmail (dot) com for more information.
WILL YOU COME TO MY SCHOOL AND DO A WORKSHOP?
I have conducted workshops in the past for junior high and high school students, and I’d love to do more! If you’d like a workshop at your school, please mention it to your English teacher or your librarian and have them contact me at jessicacapelle (at) gmail (dot) com to discuss.
ARE THERE WORKSHOPS JUST FOR YOUNG WRITERS
Yes! I’ll keep adding them as I find them.
WHERE CAN I SUBMIT MY WRITING?
A list of publications and contests that accept teen writers is here
Also check out the literary journals and magazines below!
WHERE CAN I READ SHORT STORIES AND ARTICLES FOR KIDS AND TEENS?