Where Teens Write is closing its doors as a teen writing community, but the “how to write” blog posts will be up for another few weeks.
I’m happy to announce that you can post your stories and get feedback over at Teen Author’s Journal. Like WTW, it’s a smaller community where you can build relationships with others and hone your writing skills.
It’s been a great few years with all of you, but it’s time to close the doors to this community. If you did post stories here that you didn’t save anywhere else, and you’d like them, you may contact me using the contact page, and I’ll get you your story. Thank you for participating.
All the best,

WTW Giveaway

critique giveawayThroughout my life as a writer, I’ve had ups and downs with the whole idea of editing. As a kid, if I showed a piece to anyone (like my parents as they were my main ‘audience’), I got great feedback. They loved what I wrote, and I, of course, never doubted them. But that’s what moms and dads are supposed to do, right?

It wasn’t until a Creative Writing class in college that the feedback and critique I got on a story stopped me in my tracks. I had struggled to find an idea for my story, but I’d finally got something put together that I didn’t have tons of confidence in. I’d written about a personal experience and was nervous to share it with the class.

They destroyed it, at least that’s how I remember it. Looking back, it probably needed destroying, but I lost all confidence and stopped writing…for years.

It took a long time to appreciate any and all feedback I get on my writing.

Now I participate in a weekly writer’s group and get feedback, editing, and critiques on virtually every word I write, and I’ve come to love it though it’s definitely been a process. Over the past few years, I’ve worked with my writing group, my agent, my editor, and beta readers to improve, and it’s helped a ton.

As an English teacher, I know where a comma goes and don’t worry so much about my grammar and punctuation, but my writing friends and editors have give invaluable help on story & character development.

It’s in our own writing that seeing what can be improved sometimes becomes difficult. We get so close to the story and imagine it so clearly in our own heads, that we sometimes fail to convey that clarity to our readers.

And that’s where this summer’s WTW Editorial Giveaway comes in! I will give both a line edit (grammar & punctuation) as well a developmental edit on 20 double spaced pages to one lucky member of the WTW community.

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below. 


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