TEENS Publish is a free 8-week summer creative writing (and/or illustrating) program for aspiring writers and illustrators who are currently (spring 2021) in 7th-12th grade. This program is led by author Molly Blaisdell (who also writes as Cece Barlow), with the assistance of Ringer librarian Kendra Perkins.
Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the 2020 and 2021 programs are virtual. The program meets on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 to 5:00, in June and July, over Zoom.
Applications are being accepted in May 2021 for this year’s program. Please email Kendra at email@example.com if you are interested in applying.
The program size is limited to 12 to 15 participants. Applicants will be expected to submit a short sample of their work (one page maximum). For 2020 and 2021, we are limiting to fiction and poetry.
A lot of the work will need to be done on your own.
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 few chapters of a novel, or poems. Upon approval of the editor, each participant will have 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.
Each participant receives a free copy of the anthology, and a copy that can be checked out is added to the library collection at both Ringer and Mounce. There is an authors’ party in the fall when the teens will read samples of their work. The 2020 party was virtual, and the 2021 party might be virtual (to be determined closer to event date).
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. The 2018 title is An Overwhelming Surplus of Skittles. The 2019 title is Not Just Ink and Paper. The 2020 title is The Isolated Generation.
For more information, contact Kendra Perkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or (979) 764-3416.