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).
The 2019 Teens Publish author party has been rescheduled to Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at Ringer Library. This year’s participants will each receive a copy of the anthology and will read a short selection from their work. For more information, contact Kendra Perkins or one of the 2019 participants.
Ringer Library is currently closed due to renovations and is not expected to reopen until September. The 2019 program met at the Meyer Center (former Arts Council building), located at 2275 Dartmouth St., College Station.
The 2019 program was held every Wednesday from June 5 through August 7, except July 3, from 2:30 to 5:00. The 2019 program was limited to 20 people. Applications were accepted from May 1 until the first meeting or when we reached our limit of 20 people. Applications were available online (MS Word, pdf), by emailing Kendra, or by stopping by Mounce Library.
Some of the 2019 authors participated in a panel discussion at Brazos Valley SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)’s Book Bash at Ringer Library on Saturday, October 5, 2019.
***PLEASE CHECK BACK MAY 1, 2020, TO APPLY FOR THE 2020 PROGRAM.***
For more information, contact Kendra Perkins at firstname.lastname@example.org, temporarily at (979) 209-5600. The Ringer Library phone number (979-764-3416) is currently forwarding to the Mounce Library number (979-209-5600).
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 will be 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. The 2018 title is An Overwhelming Surplus of Skittles.
There is a blog at the bottom of the page with updates from the 2017 program (oldest post at the bottom). There are some useful writing links.