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 was limited to 15 people.
Please check back in May 2018 for information about summer 2018.
Teens 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, each participant has one polished piece published in the TEENS Publish anthology (each person is limited to 3000 words or 12 pages). After first publication, all rights revert to the authors. There is an author’s release party held in late September or early October.
Anthologies from each year are available to check out from the Young Adult (teen) Fiction section of the Ringer Library (College Station) and the Mounce Library (Bryan). Searching for Teens Publish in the library catalog will pull them up, and the call numbers all start with Y-F Teens. The 2015 title is The New Generation. The 2016 title is Words Were Spilt. The 2017 title is Chaotic Creativity.
For more information, contact Kendra at email@example.com or (979) 764-3416.
There is a blog at the bottom of the page with updates from the 2017 program (oldest post at the bottom).