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What’s Your Summer Story?

7 Jun

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We all know that Portland is a city of readers, right? Well, we’ve also got a number of famous writers that make or have made the City of Roses their home.  There’s even a former Lincoln Cardinal on that list!

Want to add your own name to that list? Consider taking one of the many writing programs/workshops that are offered in the summer.

* Lewis & Clark offers the “The Fir Acres Workshop in Writing and Thinking”  from June 30-July 12. “Since the summer of 1989, Fir Acres has been a place where, as E.B. White puts it, the ‘self escapes into the open,’ where all of us follow our written language in order to hear our voices anew.”

* The Attic Institute offers a summer writing camp where “students…will meet eight times to work on personal narrative, fantasy, fiction, essays, poetry, and any other type of writing they wish. Writers will be heavily engaged in peer critiques, feedback, and revision.”  “Writing from the Wilds will give young writers an opportunity to renew their creative energy during mid-summer as they explore craft, narrative voice, story structure…This three-day writing camp takes place in the beautiful Opal Creek Wilderness, and is in collaboration with the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center.” Check out both programs here.

* PCC offers a summer teen program – check out their schedule of writing classes.

* “show:tell, the Workshop for Teen Writers and Artists, is a nine-day seminar in which high school students (ages 14 to 18) receive college-level instruction in creative writing and contemporary arts.”

Do you know of any other teen writing programs happening this summer? If so, let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.

Call for Submissions: Young Voices of America Speak

25 Feb
young voices
Young Voices Of America Speak of Heroes Among Us Contest Now Open
See Details and Rules Below
Category 1 – Grades 7th – 12th

$75.00  First Place
$25.00  Second Place
$10.00 Third Place
Category 2 – Grades 3rd – 6th

$75.00  First Place
$25.00  Second Place
$10.00 Third Place

Category 3 – Grades PreK – 2nd

$15.00 First Place
$10.00 Second Place
$5.00 Third Place

Young Voices of America Speak of Heroes Among Us

Students in Grades K-12 are invited to participate.
Accepting Submissions Jan 15, 2013 – February 28, 2013
Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation Count

Follow ALL the rules for submitting your work.
In every contest we have to disqualify a very large number of very good entries because the writer didn’t follow the rules for submitting his or her work. Don’t let that happen to you.

Young Voices of America Contest Rules

Remember to send your very best work. Have it proofread by someone skilled at writing. Errors can cost you a win.
  • Entries must be original and previously unpublished and include a hero among us, real or fiction.
  • We are seeking fiction and nonfiction short stories, NOT essays. Short stories have a plot, characters, and dialogue as well as a sense of time and place.
  • Give your story a title. We receive hundreds of entries and having a title on your entry helps us identify it.
  • Proofread your work. Proofread it again. Have a teacher or parent proofread it one more time. Send only your best work.
  • Parents of very young writers may transcribe (type) the story for their child. Technical ability must be consistent with grade level. Obvious re-writing by an adult will result in disqualification. Proof reading is not only OK, it’s encouraged. See above.
  • In the upper LEFT corner of PAGE 1 you must include name of author, age and grade level and category (Category 1 = Grades 7-12, Category 2 = Grades 3-6, Category 3 = PreK-2), name of parent or guardian, complete address including street number and name, city, state and zip code, telephone number, and email. We have to be able to contact winners.
  • No Fancy Fonts – No Fancy Formatting – No Colored Text – No Pictures – No Text Boxes. This is a writing contest. We want to see your story written in a normal readable font. Times New Roman 12 is a good choice.
  • Entries containing profanity, violent and/or sexually explicit material are not considered appropriate for this contest and will not be considered.
  • Entries MUST be written in English.
  • Multiple Submissions are  NOT allowed. One story per person.
  • Please: Send your entry via email to contestentries@youngvoicesfoundation.org
  • Entries MUST be received by midnight, February 28, 2013
  • Entries WILL NOT be returned. It is important that you maintain a copy for your files.
  • Winners will be announced and prizes awarded 30 – 45 days of close of the contest. Information about the awards will be made public on the Young Voices Foundation Website.
  • Decision of the judges is final.


22 Oct

What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals.

In 2011, 250,000 adults participated through our main site, and 50,000 young writers participated through the YWP.

Sign Up!


Step-by-Step Guide:

How Does NaNoWriMo Work for Young Writers?

Reblogged from http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/what-is-nanowrimo

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