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What is Writer’s Voice?

Understanding the concept of “voice” in writing can be tough because voice itself can be hard to define. Last summer I found the best explanation of it in the book True Stories by Rebecca Rule and Susan Wheeler. They wrote, “Voice…is like sex...

How to Find Original Story Ideas

A few weeks ago I had a student, a teen writer, ask me where I get my story ideas. She had been staring at a blank computer screen for quite some time and was feeling frustrated that she couldn’t come up with any “good” ideas. I thought about her question for a bit...

The roundabout way I got my agent

November is the month of gratitude and while this is already December, I found quite a bit to be grateful for in November. In a nutshell, a literary agent offered me representation…happy dance! This is the latest step in a long journey toward reaching a dream to...

A Teen’s Tips for Teen Writers

The following piece is a guest post written by a super creative seventeen year old high school junior and founding member of WTW. On the site, he’s knows as Angelsboy, but in real life, we call him Hood. He sent me his thoughts, and I asked him to put them...

Developing Creative Story Ideas

The issue of uniquely creative story ideas and originality has come up several times in the last few weeks, both here on WTW and in class. Here’s what teen writers have been telling me: “I had this great idea, but then I realized (or a friend pointed out)...

Writing Conference Take-Aways

The first weekend in August, I attended the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, Oregon where I pitched my current WIP – a contemporary YA mystery novel. This week, I wanted to share my biggest Take-Aways, or what I learned from the conference. 1) Your...

Break a Social Norm Prompt

Not only do I teach Creative Writing, but I also teach AP Psychology. One of the assignments my students do each spring is to break a social norm. We all adhere to social norms as they are expectations about how people should behave in certain situations. There are...