TEENS Publish: 8-week program for teen writers and illustrators

For updates on 2017 projects, see the blog at the bottom of the page (oldest post is at the bottom).

The Author’s Release Party will be on October 9, 2017; RSVP to Kendra if you would like to attend.

View Authors Party invitation on Evite.

TEENS Publish is a free 8-week summer creative writing (and/or illustrating) program for aspiring writers and illustrators going into 7th-12th grade (or just graduated high school). This program is led by author Molly Blaisdell (who also writes as Cece Barlow). Workshops were held every Wednesday from May 31 to August 2, 2017, except July 5. Each week focused on a different topic related to writing or illustrating and publishing. Manuscripts were due to editors on July 19. July 26 was a work day only. Final manuscripts were due August 2.

Applications were accepted during the month of May only, and the group is limited to 15 people.
It is too late to apply for 2017. Please check back in May 2018 to apply for next year’s program.

Teens will complete one polished piece by the end of the 8-week program. Each participant chooses whether that will be a short story, the first chapter of a novel, a nonfiction article, poetry, or illustrations. Upon approval of the editor, the polished piece will be published in the 2017 TEENS Publish anthology (each person is limited to 3000 words or 12 pages). After first publication, all rights revert to the authors.

For more information, contact Kendra at kperkins@bryantx.gov or (979) 764-3416.

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Books Have Arrived for the Party

Books have arrived early with no damage. The teen authors who are in this year’s anthology will each get their own copy of the book at our Authors Party on Monday, October 9. Let us know if you’re coming on Evite or contact Kendra. The book is available on Amazon.com as Chaotic Creativity , and the…

Authors Party Moved to October 9

Hopefully all 2017 participants have already seen an email with this information. The author party to celebrate the completion of the anthology and allow the teen writers to read from their work has been moved to Monday, October 9, 2017. It will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Ringer Library’s front meeting room.…

Finalizing Manuscripts

Most of our teen writers have received feedback from their editors and should be ready to turn in their final manuscripts today (or email them this evening). Everyone should also have submitted a dedication, acknowledgements, and a short summary. Anyone who was not around to get a picture taken to be turned into a silhouette…

Waiting to hear from editors

On July 19, teen writers emailed their manuscripts to their editors, and we hope to have some feedback by the next meeting on July 26. Editors will most likely reply directly to the teens’ emails, and depending on the person, there may be an attachment with comments inserted or the editor may make comments separately.…

Getting Ready to Write to Editors

Tomorrow (July 19) is when teen authors will submit their manuscripts to their editors, and they should have some feedback by the following week. If you were out last time and didn’t already get handouts, please email Molly so you can catch up. If you need to go over any of the videos (such as…

Week 5

On June 28, we discussed themes, and teens swapped manuscripts and did some peer-editing. See video 13 (How to Find a Theme by D4Darius) on Molly’s TEENS Publish playlist. We also talked about teen authors, and an example was S. E. Hinton, who was a teenager when she wrote The Outsiders. See video 16 on the…

Week 4

Hi folks! Molly here! If you missed last week, please take some time to watch the following videos: Creative Writing Dialogue Punctuation by zmollon, Creative Writing Masterclass by Phil Earle: Setting by The Scottish Book Trust, Fantasy Map Drawing by Peter Draws, Drawing a City Map by Peter Draws. These videos are found on the…

Critiquing

This is my first year experiencing the Teen’s Publish program at Larry J. Ringer library, and let me say that so far it has been amazing. I am learning more about writing and how the real world functions with publishing. This is an amazing experience, especially if any of us want to pursue a career…

Week 3

There are some videos you should view from Molly’s TEENS Publish playlist. The playlist can be found on her YouTube channel (or go to YouTube and search for Molly Blaisdell). If you have not already seen these (or would like to review), take a look at videos 1 (What Makes a Hero? by Matthew Winkler, TED-Ed), 6…

TEENS Publish: The Right time to Write!

Last summer I was in the library when a flyer on one of the librarian’s desks caught my eye. “TEENS Publish! An 8-week summer creative writing program for aspiring writers and illustrators!” it proclaimed. Huh, I thought, and grabbed an application form, not giving much thought to it. A few weeks later, while I was…

Blog Entry from Teen

This summer, one of the summer camps I have been participating in is the Teens Publish program at the Larry J. Ringer library. I have really enjoyed learning more about writing and working on publishing my own short story at Teens Publish. Every week, we meet at the library for a few hours to work…

Week 2

If you missed class. Here are some resources.  You need to have 2000 words by Week 3. Character Worksheet:  martinaboone.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Character-Brainstorming-Worksheet.pdf Videos: What makes a hero? – Matthew Winkler The Hero’s Journey – Glove and Boots An anti-hero of one’s own – Tim Adams

Hi from Dawn

Hi. I’m Dawn! And I volunteer with TEENS Publish at the local library. I’m also an author. I first heard about TEENS Publish at a get-together filled with other writers. Molly Blaisdell, the leader of TP, was one of these people. I tend to write whatever I’m passionate about at the time, but my books…

Week 1

Pre-Writing Activity (pdf) How to Write Your Bio: Write one sentence that starts with your name, what you write, and when and why you started writing. The second sentence tells where you live and shares a fun fact about you. Write this in the third person and present tense. NO MORE THAN TWO SENTENCES. Here…

Blog Intro

Our 2017 TEENS Publish program is underway. Check back in this space for updates from the teens about their projects. We hope to post something approximately once a week. Program participants who would like photos to be included should have a parent fill out a photo release form; contact Kendra to have a form emailed…